By Jason Moore

I THINK everyone was rather shocked when Rafa Nadal was beaten at Wimbledon on Sunday by Novak Djokovic, who is now the new world number 1, but in some ways it was good for tennis. Rafa Nadal has dominated the tennis scene for the last two years and appeared invincible. I have also thought that having a player who is far better than everyone else and who wins every tournament is not good for the game.

But now there are two players, Nadal and Djokovic who will be fighting it out at all the major tournaments. The others are a distant third. Rafa will beat Djokovic one day but I suspect that the new world number 1 has a mental edge over Rafa, similar to the one that the Majorcan has over Roger Federer. Nadal hasn´t been playing well at all at Wimbledon this year and I felt that he was also not playing to his best form at the French Open.

It is a credit to the Majorcan that he still won the French Open and made the finals of Wimbledon. Against Andy Murray I felt that it was a question of Murray losing it, rather than Nadal winning their semi-final clash. So now the Majorcan must concentrate on the last Grand Slam of the year, the U.S. Open. He has already said that he needs a rest so let's hope that the Majorcan sun will help re-charge his batteries. I doubt that Nadal will last too much longer as world number 2, I can see him regaining his number 1 spot soon. Meanwhile, tennis fans have a real treat, two players who are quite simply out of this world.


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