It came a year later than everyone expected, but Rafael Nadal has won his fifth French Open!
This win was damn sweet! Sweeter than his four other French Open titles due in large part to the shocking loss he suffered last year. You could tell (as he sat sobbing into his towel) that this title meant a great deal to him. To have come back from that 2009 loss, a devastating knee and then abdominal injury, his parents’ divorce and an eleven month title drought. He had to fight hard for this one, he had to stay focused, he had to train like he never had before.
It’s truly inspiring and reminded me all over again (not like I needed it) why I admire him so much.