The rest of the tennis world should rejoice at that.
But if playing on clay was supposed to make the 2012 final a no-stress walk through the park at Roland Garros for Nadal, somebody forgot to give him that message.
Nadal said the first time he felt confident Monday, in the hours before the final act played out, was three minutes before he walked on the court.
"Because for the rest of the time I was a little bit too nervous, more nervous than usual, probably, for the situation," he said.
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