Reed: Emotions run high in Paris

Eurosport commentator Simon Reed reflects on a French Open he believes will go down in history as the one of the great Grand Slams.

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Reed: Emotions run high in Paris

The final of the French Open was one the most uplifting occasions I've been privileged to commentate on.

It was in many ways the perfect end to a perfect tournament at Roland Garros.

The weather was brilliant, the crowds were brilliant and there were so many top-class matches and big stories. In my opinion, it was the best French Open for 10 years.

Roger Federer's win against Robin Soderling was greeted with so much emotion, it was extraordinary.

People have so much love for him, and for what he stands for as a person.

Of course, the fact he has experienced so much disappointment at Roland Garros also motivated fans to get behind him.

But I do find it a bit strange that Rafael Nadal wasn't treated with the same respect when he played.

Men's tennis is blessed by two top-notch blokes in Federer and Nadal and their example filters down throughout the game. Both are terrific individuals.

Ultimately Federer has been unlucky to have Nadal playing in his era. He would have won the French Open a long time ago if not for Nadal – who I believe is the greatest clay-court player the world has seen.

But strangely enough, I believe Federer's performance was probably his least impressive in clay court tennis for four years.

I still maintain he's not the player he used to be, and he probably won't get back to where he was. But you have to admire the way he dealt with the pressure in the final to make history.

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