This week, in a revealing interview with the Spanish daily El Pais, Nadal expounded on why he shed tears of joy when his longtime rival won that title.
“I am one of those people who believes that when you work towards something and you deserve it, the logical thing is for you to eventually achieve it.”
Oh, it was tears of joy, not tears of “oh my goodness, Federer can beat Robin Soderling but I can’t?” That makes sense, I guess.
In 2008, Nadal barely celebrated his fourth-straight French Open title out of respect for Federer, who he routed 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 in the final. With Nadal out of the picture in 2009, courtesy his upset by Soderling, Federer had a clear path to completing the career Slam.