Sunday, July 04, 2010

WIMBLEDON 2010: Men's Finals Preview

Tomas Berdych CZE (12) vs. Rafael Nadal ESP (2). For the first time I will be watching a grand slam final live, on site. Sadly, it is also the first time in 8 years that my favorite male player Roger Federer will not be in the Wimbledon men's final.

I have previously predicted the results of the quarterfinals (1 of 4) and semifinals (0 of 2), so clearly I've not been having great results in predicting the men's matches this year. It's a bit hard to pick a winner between Tomas Berdych and Rafael Nadal. On paper, Nadal should win since he has a 7-3 career head-to-head record against the young Czech. However, clearly Berdych is not the same player who has lost to Nadal 7 times (and had lost to Federer 8 times). If Berdych wins, he will become the first player to beat the World #3, World #2 and World #1 to win a slam. A very unlikely event.

If Nadal wins he will have completed the Roland Garros-Wimbledon double for the second time, and will reach his 8th Grand Slam title, just 8 behind Roger Federer, despite being 5 years his junior.

MadProfessah's prediction: Nadal (in 3 or 4 sets).

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