Berdych and Nadal Cruises into Wimbledon Final

Well not exactly cruise, but it was straight set victories for both nonetheless. Berdych overcame Djokovic 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3 in the first semi-final, and Nadal followed that up with a 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-4 win over the local favorite Murray. It was two very similar matches as the scores suggest. Both Djokovic and Murray has chances in the second set to get back into the set. Djokovic had several set points, and did amazingly well to hang in the second set. He came back from a break down in the second set to force a tie break, and in the tie break he did some incredible defense to remain alive. It was all in vain though as he served a double fault on set point for Berdych. He’s serve is truly his Achilles heel at the moment, and you wonder how much Tod Martin had to do with that. I don’t recall his serve being this bad before.

Murray on the other hand had a set point on his own serve in the tie break, but it was kind of expected that he would not convert. Compared to Nadal, Murray is a bit of a mental midget. Murray beat Nadal at the Oz Open earlier this year, but Nadal was hardly fit. A fit, confident Nadal is pretty much unbeatable for Murray. Nadal is mentally the best player maybe ever. He is definitely more clutch than Federer in my opinion. Murray on the other hand is not exactly known for his ability on the big points. He is known to become tentative on the big points, and against Nadal that is just suicide. There was no way in hell Murray was going to win this match, even if he had taken that set point in the second set. I think Nadal is destined to win this thing now. Berdych has the game that can potentially trouble Nadal, but I don’t think it will be enough.

To beat Nadal you have to play extremely aggressive. Berdych can do this, but he is not as clutch as Nadal. Therefor even if it becomes close, I still see Nadal winning the important points and therefor the match. For Berdych to win this, the match can’t be very close, and I don’t see that happening. Having said that, Nadal did struggle against Haase and Petzschner. These guys had the type of game to trouble Nadal and they were also in the zone, yet they still lost. Berdych is better than those guys and he will have to be in the zone as well to have any chance against Nadal. We saw what Nadal did against Soderling in the French Open and in the quarter finals of Wimbledon. For Berdych to win this he is going to have to serve very well and keep Nadal under constant pressure from the base line.

He is also going to have to be very aggressive on the return. Berdych can do these things, so I don’t give him no chance at all. But the thing with Nadal is that he has this ability to hang in points and play unbelievable defense. This could force Berdych into unforced errors, which he can’t afford. There will be no margin for error for Berdych. He must play even better than Haase and Petzscner did. In the end I think it will be a final worth watching, but Nadal will be very tough to beat. He seems destined to do the French Open/Wimbledon double again,  just like Roger was destined to do it last year. If he wins it that would put him on 8 grand slam titles, only half way to Roger’s mark. So I don’t mind Nadal winning Wimbledon again to be honest. He is an amazing competitor and he deserves it. The US Open is a different story though.

If Nadal ever wins the US Open it would just be a further indication of how much conditions on the ATP have slowed down. The fact that a virtual clay court specialist can possibly win two Wimby titles already says a lot about the conditions. The grass of Wimbledon has changed significantly since the early 2000’s. They are using a new soil that is making the ball bounce much higher, which suits Nadal of course. It is also slower. The US Open is now the only slam left that can be classified as a fast surface. The Oz Open have also slowed down. So although I respect Nadal a huge amount, I don’t think he deserves the calender slam. There is a reason Roger has won the calender slam, and that is because he is a complete player. Nadal is not as complete as Roger. He does not serve or volley nearly as well as Roger.

But I think there is a very small chance of Nadal winning the US Open anyway. It is always at the end of the year when his taxing game style has taken it’s toll on him already. He has played a lot of tennis of late and he will be tired again when the US Open swings around, if not injured. Remember the hard courts are the most taxing on his knees and we have not really seen how his knees deals with it since he had knee problems at the Australian Open this year again. He has already withdrawn from the Davis Cup after Wimbledon. Having said that, two of his biggest obstacles at the US Open, Del Potro and Roger himself, may not be a factor this year. Del Potro is not playing and Roger’s game is at an all time low. But there is still guys like Berdych, Soderling, Murray, Djokovic, and Roddick who will be difficult opponents for him there.

Well this is where I leave you. Lets hope for an attractive and competitive Wimbledon final.

Roger Federer


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13 Comments

  1. “So although I respect Nadal a huge amount, I don’t think he deserves the calender slam.”
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    I don’t think Nadal is very likely to win the US Open, but if he wins it, then he certainly deserves the calendar slam. :-)

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  2. Hope you aren´t right it would be so cool if Berdy
    could pull off the upset.So he would have beaten N1-2 and 3, as one day Nalby did.If Berdich can play his best tennis he can beat anybody.
    “Rafael Nadal, the doping …and Nike”, this has been posted in RF.com from a French newspaper,I knew this but it´s difficult to say, that´s why I have never like Nadal,you can read it if you want.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    The french would say that. Dont believe the french. They said the same about Armstrong.

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    ines Reply:

    Ruan it´s true,the argentine player they mentioned is Mariano Puerta,(I´m going to say it, I´m tired of Nadal, he´s not honest), I know Mariano from the A. tennis club (THE BEST)and everybody knows Nadal paid D1000000,to
    endorse Puerta as the user of drugs.(of course the ATP. knew this)Sports are not clean there are stong interests.
    You can read it in Wimbledon 2010, pag.2 pag.160.

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    k Reply:

    I agree. Soon they discovered why Lance was that powerful (but i do not remember the explanation now, i guess it was something about his red blood cells carrying more oxygen then usual).

    Nadal is always powerful and strong. He also was unusually powerful even when he was a kid. He was beating 12 year old kids when he was 8. So this means he is getting steroids since he was 8? He should have been dead by now..

    He was always powerful, it is not like he suddenly changed. When he was 16 he was winning ATP matches. He was a “no one” at that time, if he was caught using anything, he would have been thrown out 8 years ago. Anyway, who is he to be supported by everyone? Why people would take all the risks to support him? Tennis has other stars, like Federer, Del Potro. Nadal is just another player at the end. People were saying his career was over 4-5 months ago, so why support him? If you take Nadal out today, anyone can fill his place (like what happened at the end of 2009), I think there are plenty of talented players for sponsors..

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well i dont want to believe that kind of stuff unless its proven. It would spoil tennis for me.

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    k Reply:

    Sure.. Than you can assume any winner or player is on drugs. There wouldn’t be any point on watching any sport.

    The thing for me is those assumptions does not make sense. No one would be interested in a sport that has so much doping cases. Trying to keep things clean would help ATP more IMHO.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Exactly. Thats way too risky for the ATP to do that stuff.

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    ines Reply:

    The ATP. did exactly the same with Agassi,please Ruan don´t you know the strongs interests in sports, not to mention soccer…risky? risky is to be unknown…if you are a star…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Soccer is a dirty sport so i wont be surprised with anything they allow. Tennis on the other hand is a different story.

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  3. i think only the french would say something like that. they have the worse crowds.looking at the wimbeldon crowd, they are much more respectful . not even the british tabloids writes trash like this. wonder if they would write abt doping if it was tsonga.

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  4. Congratulations to Nadal on Grand Slam #8 and Wimbledon #2. This time my prediction came true :-)

    I didn’t watch the final. Watching Nadal play tennis is like watching one of those big, bloated Hollywood action movies, like Transformers: a mindless sequence of loud explosions and overdone CGI special effects, not much story or characters. Everything that happens is completely, utterly predictable. Once you’ve seen one of those movies, you’ve seen them all.

    But there are people who claim that Transformers is exciting, and why would you ever watch a “boring” movie like No Country for Old Men, where there’s not something blowing up every minute.

    And those people are the Nadal fans.

    But what Nadal does wins matches, just like Transformers overstimulates the senses, so it is “good” to some people.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol Steve, congrats on the prediction :D I like very much your comparison. Nadal fans are often a bit thick and shallow(although of course not all), like the kind of people who would find Transformers more interesting than No Country for Old Men. I mean the one is made of genius and the other has no real substance. Its incomparable really and No Country happens to be one of my favorite movies. Good to see I have such sophisticated readers :D

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