On the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Wimbledon men's final that is widely considered the "greatest ever tennis match", it seems like the stars may be aligning for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to meet in another mesmerizing epic. "So it will be great to play against her". The "good" weather promises to stretch further into the championships and the Spaniard, among a few others, will benefit from the truer bounce it offers.
Even if Federer is tested by the players in his half of the draw, it won't compare to what Nadal has to go through as major champions Juan Martin Del Potro and Novak Djokovic are still alive.
But who will come out victorious? Who knows how they're going to react. "Roger and Rafa are the favourites", he said. "We also thought that Cilic could be a risky guy for them, but he lost".
Federer, who is now playing for his ninth Wimbledon trophy and 21st grand slam, was seen in the Wimbledon for the very first time in his professional career in sports gear without the Nike logo. The 36-yearold, father of two sets of twins, who faces Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the last sixteen, appears to have an untroubled path to the title round thanks to a string if early upsets.
The top seed put down the shock results to the depth in the draw. Currently De Minaur is ranked 80th in the world, reaching as high as 77th (June 25) after a recent tear on the grass having just won Challenger Nottingham a week after reaching the finals of the Surbiton Trophy. Federer has been the dominant player on grass on the men's circuit for more than a decade, but Nadal has experience of beating the Swiss legend on Centre Court at Wimbledon. "The game has changed over the years". I honestly think he can cause some damage the next round. "Over time, it's going to get stronger and stronger again".
French Open champion Nadal, bidding for a first Wimbledon title since 2010, plays Czech world number 93 Jiri Vesely, while Djokovic takes on Russian world number 40 Karen Khachanov.
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