The stage was too big and Rafael Nadal was too good for Tomas Berdych earlier today at the All England Club. Nadal won his second Wimbledon crown and 8th Grand Slam championship defeating Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in a final that was closer than the score would indicate. The No. 1-ranked Spaniard missed Wimbledon last year due to injury after defeating Roger Federer in the 2008 final. Nadal has been on an incredible roll since April, winning 31 of 32 matches and five tournaments, including the French Open last month. Prior to the streak, Rafa had gone 11 months without a title. “It’s more than a dream for me,” Nadal said. “It was always my dream to play on this court and today, to play a fourth final for me was amazing. I couldn’t be here last year but this year I came back and to have this trophy in my hands is more than a dream.” Federer defeated the Spaniard in the 2006 and 2007 finals. Nadal played his usual grinding baseline game, served well and won all the big points. Still, it wasn’t a vintage performance for Rafa, who had 21 unforced errors compared to 17 for Berdych. Nadal had just two more winners than the Czech, 29-27, but won four of six break-point opportunities. Berdych squandered all four of his break-point chances. The No. 12-seeded Berdych served 13 aces and Nadal had five. Rafa broke in the pivotal seventh game of the first set and then again in the ninth. Any hope Berdych had of getting back into the match evaporated in the first game of the second set, when Nadal saved three break points, while surviving five unforced errors. Nadal broke at love in the 12th game to take the set and then sealed the deal with another break in the final game of the third set. “It was a great two weeks for me, but he was very strong today,” Berdych said. “He’s showed in the last few months that he’s really the champion and he just deserved to win today.” Berdych, who will move up to No. 8 in the new ATP rankings tomorrow, had defeated Federer in the quarterfinals and Novak Djokovic in the semis en route to his first Grand Slam final. “I hope this gives me a lot of confidence and some extra power to be stronger for next time and who knows what’s going to happen in the next few years,” said Berdych. The Czech has to know that if he could have pulled the trigger and executed in key moments the outcome might have been different.