Rafael Nadal made it past the third round in Wimbledon 2008 action by beating Latvian teenager Ernests Gulbis, Thursday. Nadal wanted to end this match early so he could watch his home nation Spain play in the EURO 2008 Semi-finals. Nadal now faces Nicolas Kiefer, Saturday June 28, who is 0-2 against the No.2 tennis player in the world. Oddsmakers at BetUS.com have Rafael Nadal as -1400 moneyline favorite over Nicolas Kiefer who is listed as +400 underdog. Get your Rafael Nadal vs Nicolas Kiefer Wimbledon 2008 Prediction in now at BetUS.com
Nadal’s footballer uncle played at Euro ’96, had apparently asked schedulers if it was possible for him to have an early match to allow him to get away from the tennis in time to watch Spain’s Euro 2008 against Russia. He made it just on time as his match lasted 2hrs and 56 minutes. Nadal took the match in four sets 5-7 6-2 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 but it was not easy. He first had to figure out Gulbiss’ serve which produced 16 aces for an 81% first serve average. But Nadal would have none of that as he placed ball after ball within inches of the line that were unreachable. Nadal now faces Nicolas Kiefer who he’s beaten twice, he took him at the 2008 ATP Masters Series Miami and in Davis Cup play. Both wins by Nadal were easy wins as Keifer only really pressured Nadal on one set out of five. Nadal is looking for his first Wimbledon Title as he hopes to take it away from five time winner Roger Federer. Nadal has made the final two straight years.
Nicolas Kiefer won in straight sets over Julien Benneteau to setup his battle with Nadal. He’s currently ranked 32nd on the ATP Tour where he’s 12-11 with no titles. His best finish at Wimbledon was in 1997 when he made it to the quarter finals. He has six ATP Tour wins but they were a long time ago, his last win was in 2000.
2008 Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal vs Nicolas Kiefer
When: Sat, June 28, 2008 7:00 AM ET
Pick: Nadal -1400
Point-Spreads.com Rafael Nadal vs Nicolas Kiefer Wimbledon 2008 Prediction – Nadal -1400
The Bottom Line: There are top players dropping like flies this year, but Nadal will not be one of them. His work ethic, skill and talent will be too much for this old timer. Get your Rafael Nadal vs Nicolas Kiefer Wimbledon 2008 Prediction in now at BetUS.com and receive a 50% sign-up bonus on your initial deposit!