Both Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams were embarrassed at Wimbledon this year.  Nadal didn’t progress past his opening round match against Steve Darcis, while Williams was beaten in the fourth round by Sabine Lisicki.  Nevertheless, both players were dominant in the Rogers Cup and have reminded the tennis world how quickly a top player can recoup from a tough loss.

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Rafael Nadal played with joy and looked healthy at the Rogers Cup
Photo Credit: © Marianne Bevis

Rafael Nadal appeared injured when he was beaten in straight sets at Wimbledon.  He looked perfectly fine last week and in great shape during his semifinal match against world number 1 Novak Djokovic, using his supreme athleticism to down the Australian Open champion in a decisive third set tiebreaker:

Likewise, Serena Williams won in impressive fashion without dropping a single set throughout the 2013 Rogers Cup.  Against 3rd ranked Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals, Williams faced her toughest challenge yet but still powered her way past the light-footed Polish tennis star:

Looking ahead to the 2013 US Open, it seems as if the world’s top players will be aligning for the year’s final Grand Slam.  Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal have performed well in French speaking nations this year, both winning on the clay courts of the French Open, and now again on Canadian soil at the Rogers Cup.  Wimbledon’s failures were just a minor blip on both these players’ successful years, especially if their fortune continues into the US Open.

Featured image credit: Steve M. Walker .

Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller has enjoyed the sport of tennis for many years.An enthusiast who covers all major sports, he finds tennis to be one of the most pleasant and inspirational games around to watch. He also spends his time as a musician in Los Angeles.
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