Dream come true for Nadal

Spaniard puts success on grass down to mental strength

Last updated: 4th July 2010  

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Rafael Nadal admitted it had always been his dream to play well on grass after winning his second Wimbledon title.

The Spaniard defeated surprise finalist Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-5 6-4 after two hours and 13 minutes on Centre Court.

His success this year means he has now won both the French Open and Wimbledon in the same season twice - Bjorn Borg is the only other man to have achieved the difficult double more than once.

While clay will always be his favourite surface Nadal puts his success on grass down to his phenomenal mental strength.


"If you want to play well on a surface and you are good player you find a way," he said.

"To play well on grass at Wimbledon was always a dream for me and the most important thing is to believe that you can do it.

"I know how important the grass-court season is and that is why after winning at Roland Garros I go straight to practise at Queen's. Having the experience can help a lot."

Nadal, who had ended British hopes for another year by knocking out Andy Murray in the semi-finals, did not get the chance to defend his 2008 crown due to injury.

"Every title is really special so it is difficult to say this title is more special than the other one," he explained.

"The other one was more dramatic and it is always special to win your first title. But it was not easy for me to come back and win here."

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