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Losing finalist Novak Djokovic
Overall, I found the final something of a disappointment.
Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the greatest clay court player of all time, but at this level, players should at least be able to hit a decent percentage of first serves into play.
They certainly must not double fault on huge points.
Rafa totally deserved to win the tournament. His performances, particularly his demolition of David Ferrer in the semifinals, were truly incredible.
The "King of Clay” has improved in almost all aspects of his game. Earlier this year, he added a little weight, around five grams, to his racquet head. This has added more power to his serve and groundstrokes.
It makes me wonder why he’d never thought of doing it before.
2011 saw Novak Djokovic produce some of the most unbelievable results and performances in tennis history.
Undefeated for most of the year, winner of Wimbledon, the US Open and then continuing this form to win the 2012 Australian Open, Nole was on the verge of becoming the first man since 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams at the same time.
But, his form in the clay court season leading to Roland Garros was patchy.
He lost twice to Rafa in the Masters finals at Monte Carlo and Rome, and I expected more from him these past two weeks.
Against Andreas Seppi in the fourth round he was two sets down, and against Jo-Wilfired Tsonga in the quarterfinals he four match points down—hardly impressive performances from the world number one.
Well done to Djokovic for reaching his first French Open final, destroying Roger Federer in the semifinals and being the only man this year to win a set against Nadal on red clay—don’t mention the blue stuff in Madrid.
But, come on Novak: get a serve in when it matters.