Congrats to Davy for a superb match, he really ran after Rafa's short balls and serve, excellent forehand and backhand. I initially thought he would suffer from tiredness after the match vs Nole, but he didn't he just continued his best form and when you look back at the tournament as a whole you will actually see, the deserved man won, as he has been playing wonderful tennis from day one.
He was almost in tears at the end, so obviously this title meant a lot for him. I love him as a player, he has such a sweet backhand and forehand shot, they were on fire vs Nole and Nadal and he comes into net when he needs to, getting winners most of the time - amazing volleys and DP's.
It's quite sad he hasn't won a GS yet, but I suppose he does usually have meltdowns in certain big situations, hopefully he will take confidence from this win and move upwards in the rankings.
As for Rafa, he was too defensive - I think everyone could see that, he became more attacking towards the end of the second set, but it was too little, too late for him. He must learn and adapt his game to suit hardcourts when he is playing on them, his clay court movement naturally comes into play and it isn't good enough, the balls are too short and looping in the air for opponents to attack at will.
However some good points for him are that his serve has improved, much deeper and more powerful, they get him a lot of free points currently which is great and shows improvement because the likes of Federer, Nole and Federer use to use his weak serve as an advantage in a game - this isn't the case anymore.
With more and more games under his belt after injury, he will slowly but surely grow in confidence and will get back to near his best form. His mentality, in terms of strong mind, is as strong as ever, he just needs to adapt his game, from defensive play into more attacking tennis when he plays on hard courts.
Onwards and upwards to Paris.