Great match, even if the score was a bit heartbreaking for me. I think Rafa played the most aggresive match in his career here, great match-up with Kolya in form of his life. Winners and great baseline exchanges were in abundance.
The result set Nadal back psychologically before he got back on clay and swept up the rest of that season. As for Kolya, he choked AO QF to Roger, than got injured and never was the same player.
Kolya was in the form of his life in late 2009 and early 2010 but then truly choked away that AO QF to Federer and then he got a tough wrist injury and has never been the same since then.
Nadal was also in the form of his life in late 2009 and early 2010. now he's struggling to get back on track.