Despite being a huge fan of Roger “the Fed Express” Federer, I’m really glad that Rafael Nadal won the US Open title last night. He is now one of only seven players to have won all four grand slam titles (the Australian Open, the US Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon), and at 24 years of age, he is one of the youngest players to have done it.
The other players who have achieved this feat are André Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Fred Perry and Roger Federer. By the way, I was once worried that Nadal would win all four titles before Federer; I was so relieved when Federer finally won the French Open in 2009.
I remember once when Nadal played at Wimbledon and wrote a daily blog for one of the British newspapers. His blog was really interesting, but I had to stop reading it because I was starting to prefer him to Federer! This is all sounding a bit weird but I’ll try to explain what I mean.
I think that writing a blog is a great way for celebrities to increase their popularity because it creates a personal connection between the celebrity and the fan. This is especially true for humble guys like Nadal, who was writing about simple things like playing video games with his housemates.
Ever since I read his blog, Nadal has become my 2nd favourite tennis player. I know I should be supporting Andy Murray, but he doesn’t come across as a very likeable bloke. I’d like to see him win a grand slam one day, but I will always find myself supporting Federer or Nadal when they play against Murray.
It’s a shame that Nadal suffers from tendonitis in his knees because I’m sure he could go on to win a lot more tennis titles. He has won 9 grand slam titles and is now ranked no. 1 in the world. It will be interesting to see if he can catch up with or even overtake Roger Federer, who has won 16 grand slam titles. I hope Federer, who at 29 seems to be struggling a bit, manages to win 20 grand slams before Nadal catches up! 🙂
- Rafael Nadal on top of the world after ‘incredible’ season (guardian.co.uk)
- Nadal wins fifth French Open title (espn.go.com)
- Wimbledon 2010: Rafael Nadal hails ‘world’s best crowd’ (bbc.co.uk)