What a fortnight it’s been, with new stars emerging and the spectacle of great tennis seen all around the grounds, we’ve finally reached our final day of the tournament. It all leads to the final two men in the draw. Current world number one Rafael Nadal will take on the new number one Novak Djokovic for the title of Wimbledon Champion 2011.
- 1st Round: Michael Russell 6-4 6-2 6-2
- 2nd Round: Ryan Sweeting 6-3 6-2 6-4
- 3rd Round: Gilles Muller 7-6 (6) 7-6 (5) 6-0
- 4th Round: Juan Martin Del Potro 7-6 (8) 3-6 7-6(4) 6-4
- Quarter Final: Mardy Fish 6-3 6-3 5-7 6-4
- Semi Final: Andy Murray 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-4
The final of 2007 was the last time Rafael Nadal has lost a Wimbledon match. Ever since then, the Spaniard has won 20 straight matches on the All-England-Match, which excludes his withdrawal from the 2009 tournament. The world number 1 now faces the challenge of rival Novak Djokovic. Nadals recent performances has shown his obvious adjustment to the grass game from his clay dominance. He’s sailed in the first two rounds of the tournament and was mentally stronger than Muller in the third. In the next three rounds, he would lose one set in each match against former US Open champion Del Potro, American Mardy Fish and British hope Andy Murray to reach another Wimbledon slam final.
However Nadal’s status as the number one player in the world has now been taken by his opponent and regardless of how he does today, he will no longer hold the position. Nadal’s aggressive left-hander style has earned him the place as one of the best players of the sport. But can he summon the strength against the ATP’s new world number one and defend his title?
- 1st Round: Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-1 6-1
- 2nd Round: Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-4 6-2
- 3rd Round: Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-4
- 4th Round: Michael Llodra 6-3 6-3 6-3
- Quarter Final: Bernard Tomic 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-5
- Semi Final: Jo Wilfred Tsonga 7-6 (4) 6-2 6-7 (9) 6-3
On the other side of the net, we have Novak Djokovic. All tennis fans would know the tremendous form that the Serb has run this year, with a 43 straight match winning streak and only one loss in the entire year, it’s not surprising that Novak Djokovic is the new world number one. Like his opponent, he cruised through easily in the earlier rounds before running into Marcos Baghdatis which reduced him to smashing his racquet. The struggle seemed to persist against Australian qualifier Bernard Tomic, but won despite the constant shift of momentum during the match. His final challenge and match of his life was against Jo Wilfred Tsonga who pulled off a stunning upset against Roger Federer. He took the first after coming back a break down and took the second convincingly. But the Frenchman fought back winning 11-9 in the third set tiebreak. In a tight fourth set, Djokovic managed to seal victory, a first time appearance in a Wimbledon final and the number one ranking.
Djokovic has had a record breaking run this season which involves a second grand slam title in Australia. Can he continue this form to claim a third grand slam title against the defending champion?
Head To Head
- Nadal Leads 16-11
- Last Meeting: ATP World Tour Masters Rome Final, Djokovic wins 6-4 6-4
- Last Grand Slam Meeting: Us Open 2010 Final, Nadal wins 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2
- Last Grass Meeting: Queens Club 2008 Final, Nadal wins 7-6 (5) 7-5
Although Nadal heavily favours Djokovic in all time matches, Djokovic has won the last four meetings all in 2011 and the last two encounters in straight sets.
- Rafael Nadal 13/19
- Novak Djokovic 10/7
My final prediction will say that Novak will win in four sets. I think the confidence he’s earned from this year and his new status will enable him to win today. Nadal may take advantage of his frustration but in the end, Novak will outplay Nadal for the title.