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Spain's Rafael Nadal Earns Second Wimbledon Tennis Crown

  • David Dyar

World No. 1 tennis player Rafael Nadal has reclaimed the men's title at the Wimbledon championships in London. The Spaniard scored a straight-sets victory over Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal came into the match trying to regain the title he won for the first time in 2008, after missing last year's tournament with an injury. The 24-year-old Spaniard dominated play Sunday, defeating the 12th-seeded Berdych, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4

Nadal entered the match with a 7-3 lifetime record against Berdych, who was playing in his first Grand Slam final. He never lost his serve during the match, but broke Berdych's four times. Berdych gave the credit to Nadal.

"Yeah, he was really good, I mean, he was strong. I think the biggest difference between us was that when he got a chance, he just took it. Just showed how strong he is. And I think it was really about a small difference," he said.

After firing a crosscourt passing shot for a winner on match point, Nadal collapsed on his back and covered his face with his hands. He rose to congratulate Berdych at the net, then did a front somersault on the grass, rising to his feet with both fists clenched. Nadal says it was an emotional win. "For sure after not an easy year for me. Being back at my favorite tournament in the world here and finish with the trophy is amazing for me and just unbelievable," he said.

The victory brought Nadal his second Wimbledon and eighth Grand Slam title. It was also the second time he has won the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year. With the victory, Nadal becomes the first Spanish man to win the Wimbledon title twice.

On Saturday, top-seed and world number-one Serena Williams of the United States defeated 21st-seeded Russian Vera Zvonereva, 6-3, 6-2 to win the women's title. It was Williams' fourth title at the grass-court major and her 13th Grand Slam victory.

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