Rafael Nadal and the red clay of Roland-Garros seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Nadal has the lead on Roger Federer, and it looks like he will win the 2011 French Open. He came into this event as the top ranked player in the world but by a hair as Novak Djokovic just needed to beat Federer Friday to take that top spot from him. But, Djokovic failed to do so and it became another Nadal/Federer final in a major.
Federer is putting up a good fight, pushing Nadal in all the sets, but Nadal is navigating the surface too well and covering the course with ease. The only thing to stop Nadal at the final, so far, has been the weather, and even that was brief. This would be his 10th major and he just turned 25 in March.
What is even more impressive is that would be Nadal’s sixth French Open title in seven years. Wait, six out of seven? How dominant can one man become?
How high is the ceiling on Rafael?
The man he is about to dispose of, Federer, has the record with 16 major titles and counting. Federer at one point was the most dominant athlete on the planet. I expect him to win another major or two, but with Nadal rolling along at such a young age, how long will it take Nadal to surpass Federer? Federer will turn 30 in August. If you were to compare them, Nadal, with a win, would only need six more to tie him in major victories.
It seems to me that Nadal will not only get to 16 but pass that number by a few more wins. I mean after all, he does get to go back to Roland-Garros once a year and win his French Open, yearly.
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