The 2010 Wimbledon men’s singles semi finals were both played on Friday. Today the final will be played on the centre court at 2pm local time in London in the United Kingdom, which is 9pm in Hong Kong.
The 2010 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final is between World No.1 Rafael Nadal and No.12 seed Tomas Berdych, who is looking for a hat-trick. The 24 year old Berdych of the Czech Republic defeated World No.2 Roger Federer in the quarter finals, then was too good for World No.3 Novak Djokovic in the semi finals and now needs to record his 4th career win over Nadal to claim a magnificent hat-trick.
The 1.96m Berdych is playing in his 1st Grand Slam singles final and played his 2nd consecutive Grand Slam singles semi final after only making one quarter final for the 25 Grand Slams that he played prior. Berdych is performing at his career peak so can certainly win the final today.
Berdych has now made 2 Grand Slam semi finals in a row and after his performances at Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year, he would be a very worthy winner. If he can go all the way this year he will become only the 3rd player to win a Grand Slam singles title besides Federer or Rafael Nadal, since Nadal’s 1st title at Roland Garros in 2005.
The right handed Berdych is aiming to become the 1st Czech to win a Grand Slam singles title since Petr Korda won the 1998 Australian Open. Prior to that, Ivan Lendl’s 1990 Australian Open win was the last Czech victory. Jan Kodes is the only Czech to win Wimbledon in the open era. He won in 1973.
When asked what he needs to do to beat Nadal and win the final Berdych said, “I need to play aggressively this time because he has started to play really aggressive as well, that’s what he’s doing right here. I need to be aggressive, don’t give him too many chances and play my game.” Berdych said the same things before playing Federer and Djokovic so it will all be about execution. Can he stay loose enough to serve well, pull the trigger with his power forehands and combat Nadal’s court coverage and desire?
The 24 year old Nadal of Spain has been on a rampage since Monte Carlo, the 1st tournament of the clay court season. The 1.85m left hander has won 3 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and the 2010 Roland Garros title during this 2 month period to win 30 of his past 31 matches. Nadal is pictured above preparing to play his double handed backhand drive and is, as always, a picture of concentration.
Nadal holds a 7-3 advantage over Berdych, including winning the last 6 matches in a row, in which he has not lost a set to Berdych. It was Nadal who ended Berdych’s best previous run at Wimbledon in their 2007 quarter final match.
The World No.1 will be the heavy favourite to win the final and add to his collection of Grand Slam singles titles, just as World No.1 Serena Williams did yesterday. Nadal will be going for his 8th Grand Slam singles title and his 2nd Wimbledon title after winning here in the epic match against Federer in 2008. Nadal was injured last year and could not play at Wimbledon so in a way, this is his Wimbledon title defence.
When asked what he thinks about Berdych, Nadal said,”Amazing. He did amazing tournament. I think he played very good match against Federer; very good match today against Djokovic. He save difficult match against Brands. Yeah, he’s the best of his draw, so for that reason he’s in the final. No one opponent can be more difficult than Tomas to play this final.”
Nadal commented on the match up for the final by saying, “Tomas is a very aggressive player, very good serve, very good flat shots from the baseline. So gonna be very, very difficult. Very difficult match. Is very difficult to stop him when he’s playing well, and he’s playing really well. So gonna be very difficult to play against him.”
Both players know each others games very well so it all comes down to these 2 lines from Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “If” that are inscribed above the player’s entrance to centre court, “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, And treat those two impostors just the same.” Whoever, can stay in the moment and focus on executing what they need to do in order to succeed for the big points will triumph. We cannot wait to see how the final plays out!
Will we be lucky enough to see another 5 set final? For the past 3 years the Men’s Final at Wimbledon has gone to 5 sets. Prediction: many things point to a Nadal victory, but in a huge upset the Big Bird, Tomas Berdych will win in 4 sets.
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