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2010 Wimbledon Men's Final Preview - Nadal vs. Berdych

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2010 Wimbledon Men's Final Preview - Nadal vs. Berdych
The fortnight at Wimbledon draws to a close as the final stage at the men's singles event is set on Sunday, July 4th. Where second seed and a truly deserving World No.1 Rafael Nadal takes his chances at claiming his eighth Grand Slam singles title, Czech giant-killer Tomas Berdych prepares himself for the biggest MATCH of his life. Who will emerge victorious at the end of the magnificient fortnight at SW19? Read on to find out...!

The Championship match features a defender and a challenger, both in-awe-inspiring form with a mixed bag of performances during the entire fortnight. Here's a look at both players progress and chances at winning the title -

Nadal seems to be everybody's favourite these days. He has emerged as the ultimate signature of success, who doesn't seem to do anything wrong. This holds true to a large extent as Nadal is enjoying the best phase of is career.

Nadal's road to the Finals -

R128 - beat Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

R64 - beat Robin Haase 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3

R32 - beat Philipp Petzschner 6-4, 4-6, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3

R16 - beat Paul-henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

QF - beat Robin Soderling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-1

SF - beat Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-4

After claiming consecutive Masters series titles in Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid, the Spaniard went on to claim his seventh Grand Slam title in Paris. Despite severe criticism for performing below expectations in the first few rounds on green grass, Nadal successfully returned to the finals once again. Nadal manages to bring the best out of himself in situations that present an opportunity of a CHALLENGE extended by anyone and everyone. With an World-Winning attitude of Alexander the GREAT, Nadal puts together an amazing mix of power, precision and mental toughness which is extremely rare in the game. All these aspects make this Mighty-Mallorcan an obvious favourite for the title.

Czech Tomas Berdych, on the other hand, seems to have developed an image of a ginat-killer over the period of these two scintillating weeks. The truth is that the Championships at Wimbledon couldn't have asked for a better Challenger in the final match.

Berdych's Road to Finals -

R128 - beat Andrey Golubev 7-6, 6-2, 6-2

R64 - beat Benjamin Becker 7-5, 6-3, 6-4

R32 - beat Denis Istomin 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4

R16 - beat Daniel Brands 4-6, 7-6, 7-5, 6-3

QF - beat Roger Federer 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

SF - beat Novak Djokovic 6-3. 7-6(9), 6-3

Berdych is stronger than what people perceive him to be and more talented than his current assessment. Berdych's strongest ally is his instinct, his belief in doing things HIS way to find on-court success. Many believe that Berdych's game is slightly titled towards low percentage point winning strategy. Being a true counter-puncher, Berdych does not shy away from trying even the most difficult shots and often finds ways to convert his efforts into winners. This is one quality that can come in the way of Nadal's near similar style of play. By the virtue of his ferocity and brilliant shotmaking, Berdych is an equally strong contender for the crown.

TennisEarth.com Pick - Experience will prove vital in Sunday's final to fetch Nadal his eighth Grand Slam Singles title, only after a massive struggle on four or more closely contested sets.

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