Wimbledon 2008 – Nick’s Picks – Men’s Singles Finals
Nick’s Picks will have complete coverage of Wimbledon 2008, and we are teaming with Tennis Week and The Independent Newspaper in London to provide in-depth analysis throughout the tournament! Also, be sure to listen for Nick on Radio Wimbledon each day at 4pm EST!
Read Nick’s Breakdown and tell us who you think will win (score and set) and the person who comes closest will win a Bollettieri Prize Pack!! Simply post your pick in the comments section!
Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
When the draw came out, this is obviously the match that everyone wanted to see. Every sport has a great rivalry, and right now in tennis this is it. It is the modern day Sampras vs. Agassi or McEnroe vs. Connors. However you want to compare it, it is fantastic for the game. If Federer can hold Nadal off and take the title, it would go a very long way in cementing his status as the best player in the game today. If Nadal could pull this out, there will be plenty of people who argue that he is now the best. One thing is for sure, if both continue to play at such an amazingly high level then this match is going to be fun to watch!
For the third straight year, Federer and Nadal will meet in the finals of Wimbledon. Two years ago, Federer needed four sets in 2006 and then last year Nadal pushed him to five sets. This year, both men are playing at such so well that this is going to be a tough match to call. Nadal is 11-6 against Federer, and has beat him three times this year (all on clay though). On a harder surface (grass or hard courts), Federer is 5-1 against Nadal.
We all saw what Nadal did to Federer in the finals of Roland Garros, but something tells me this match is going to be closer. It is no secret that Federer is more comfortable on grass than he is on clay, and he hasn’t really been tested thus far at Wimbledon. The same could be said for Nadal too, as he has only dropped one set (second round to Gulbis). Nadal has shored up some areas of his game that players used to think they could attack, namely his serve and backhand. Both of those have become weapons, especially the backhand. Federer’s serve has been his most consistent weapon this year at Wimbledon. He has used it brilliantly and won many free points from it. Neither player should be tired, so I don’t think energy will be an issue.
I don’t feel this is going to be a quick match like the French Open finals, because I believe they are a bit more evenly matched. For either player to win, they will need to get a high percentage of first serves in and keep their errors down. When they do this they are at their best. It’s going to be close, and I cannot wait to watch!!
Nick’s Pick -Tell us who you think will win (score and set) and the person who comes closest will win a Bollettieri Prize Pack!! Simply post your pick in the comments section!