This weekend was French Open fever, at least for me. I was looking forward to another epic duel between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Men’s Final of the French Open. I was also anticipating Ana Ivanovic’s rise to the World No. 1 spot, as Justine Henin wrests her throne after her early retirement last month.
Ivanovic claimed her first Grand slam title, after two previous tries, beating Dinara Safina to become the first Serbian to become the World’s top tennis player. She also becomes the new queen of the Clay after Henin won the plum three years in a row.
In the men’s final, many anticipated a hardly fought match. A lot of records were set to be broken. Nadal sought to be the first man since Bjorn Borg to win four straight French Open title. On the other hand, Federer wanted to win the last Grand Slam title that has been oh so elusive to him and to match Pete Sampras’ record of 13 Grand Slam title.
However, Nadal was way too fierce for Federer on clay. Rafa won in straight sets, and dropped only four games throughout the entire match. Federer lost the third set 6-0. It was a heartbreaking loss for the World No.1. Now, the tennis world is speculating that Federer will soon loosen his hold of his top ranking.
Federer looks forward to defend his Wimbledon crown. We all await the next faceoff between the world’s two top players. I hope though, that it will be a hotly contested match next time.