2008 QUEENS  CLUB     

FINAL    

          RAFAEL NADAL           v     NOVAK DJOKOVIC               

 7-6, 7-5      

        

Rafael Nadal claimed his first career grass-court title yesterday in London, defeating Novak Djokovic in the Queen's Club final to become the first Spaniard to win on grass in 36 years.
Djokovic had been playing fantastic grass court tennis after easily dispatching both Hewitt and Nalbandian in previous matches.
Djokovic got out to a fast start and had an opportunity to go up 4-0, but Nadal mounted a comeback just in time to force a first set tiebreak.
The tie-break was fantastic entertainment and Djokovic had the chance to serve for the set. But, after trading a series of increasingly ferocious groundstrokes,

he slipped on the baseline and Nadal was level again.
After expending so much energy in a losing cause Djokovic could have folded when Nadal broke in the second game of the second set but he broke straight back.
Djokovic was back in the match and looked to have taken charge when he broke for a 5-4 lead but Nadal was again able to break back when he needed to.
Nadal fell to his knees after he won the match and he might have been practicing his grass court celebrations for Wimbledon. The "king of clay" really seems poised for his assault on grass too!
 

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