Sunday, July 06, 2008
Rafael Nadal has won the 2008 Wimbledon Championship ending Roger Federer's five year reign as champion.
I can't be happier. Rafa is the mens champion. Venus Williams is the womens singles champion (5 times) and the doubles champion with her sister Sarina.
In the past six months or more I have followed almost every match that Nadal played on hardcourt, clay, and grass.
In my view tennis is a lot like life. Tennis fortunes can turn around on one point and life can do the same in a heartbeat.
Rafa's mental strength to play each point with commitment and fortitude is nothing short of impressive.
Just when you think he can't come back, he does.
He never gives up even when all the chips are down and the odds seem insurmountable. Today he triumphed in the longest tennis final in Wimbledon history (it went on with rain breaks for more than six intense hours).
The final score, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7, proved Rafa's unbreakable spirit.
There are life lessons in that spirit and game plan.
So I am a big tennis fan, and even bigger now because Rafa has redefined the game.