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The final was thoroughly enjoyable. It had a lot of great moments and some of the fine shots that we always expect from these two heavyweights.
Federer started like a man on a mission, but he couldn't hold that level of play for long enough stretches in the match. Nadal did not play his best overall, and he had already played his best match of the tournament against Andy Murray. Even so, he hung in there and brought out his best when he needed it most.
This fourth final at the Roland Garros between the two was probably the most competitive. It included more total games than in the other finals between the two, and the Swiss was actually able to break the Spaniard five times.
Some points still stand out, like Federer's two exquisite drop shots to take the third set and Nadal's two passing shots, one after the other, to eventually break Federer in the first set.
Many if's and but's were flying around when Federer missed a drop shot to win the first set, but credit is due since he fought like a champion.
In the end the Spanish Matador was too much for the FedExpress, and he was overpowered in the final set.
At the trophy ceremony the two gave their usual speeches. As always, Nadal apologized to Federer, and as always the Swiss laughed. It was a great picture, and one that we hadn't seen for a long time.
There is a saying that goes "the more things change, the more they stay the same." I never understood that saying until now.
On the three previous occasions that the Spanish-Swiss duo met in the French Open finals, they then went on to meet in the Wimbledon final. If that is the case this year as well, I can't wait.
Bring on Wimby for another memorable final!