Saturday, July 3, 2010

Wimbledon Report: Gentlemen's Semifinals

The men's final will be contested very similarly to the women's, first time grand slam finalist vs. world no. 1 and former Wimbledon champion. Like the women's final between Serena and Zvonareva, it will be difficult to see the first time finalist pull off an upset especially in such a big stage.

With that said, this finalist with the name of Tomas Berdych have racked up very impressive wins, not only in this tournament, but in months prior. He reached the finals in Miami and loss to Andy Roddick. He reached the semifinals at the French Open losing to Robin Soderling. And en route to his first slam final, he defeated 6-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and dismissed a breathless Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Unfortunately for him, he'll have to go 1-2-3 to win the title.

Waiting on the other side of the net is an invigorated champion, Rafael Nadal. Title-less and struggling for a year, he has now won four of the last five tournaments he has entered including sweeping the clay court season. He is now poised to once again achieve the much lauded French Open-Wimbledon double that he did back in 2008. He was tested in this tournament, having to win three of his matches in five sets, but he was masterful against his semifinal opponent, Andy Murray, who had the crowd solidly in his corner. Nadal staved off set points from Murray in the second and third sets, to win in straights.

Finals Prediction: Like the women, it's just difficult to give a chance to the first-time finalist, but Berdych, assuming he doesn't let the big stage get to him, should give Nadal some problems. Their H2H is 7-3 in Nadal's favor, so make of that what you will.

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