Rafael Nadal vs Tomas Berdych 2010 Wimbledon Finals Odds: Two weeks of tennis at the All England Lawn Tennis Club has finally boiled down to one match as Spain's Rafael Nadal meets the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon Championship. The two will take Centre Court at 9:00am ET on Sunday, July 4th to conclude the tournament; the event will be broadcast live on NBC. 2010 Wimbledon Finals Odds at online sportsbook Bodog.com are favoring the top ranked Nadal at -350 on the moneyline to win his second Wimbledon title.
Rafael Nadal stuck a daggar in the heart of Britain on Friday with a straight sets victory over Scotland's Andy Murray. Nadal won the semifinals match 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 to advance to a fourth Wimbledon final. The left-hander's serve proved to be the biggest difference as he landed 70 percent of his first timers in play compared to 60 percent for Murray. Murray also faltered on his net approaches, scoring on just 16-of-28 chances while Nadal capitalized on 23-of-26.
The 23 year old Nadal, who is now 46-5 on the year, would match tennis greats Ken Rosewall, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry, Jimmy Connors, and Andre Agassi with eight Grand Slam titles if he is able to win tomorrow's match. The ultra-quick Spaniard knows, though, that he will have to earn his place in that select company against the red hot Tomas Berdych.
"Tomas is a very aggressive player, very good serve, very good flat shots from the baseline," Nadal said. "So gonna be very, very difficult. Vey difficult match. It's very difficult to stop him when he's playing well, and he's playing really well."
Berdych battled his way to his first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3 semifinals win against Serbian Novak Djokovic. The 24 year old had just 17 unforced errors in the match (Djokovic 22) while slamming home 34 winners. Berdych also won points on 14 of Djokovic's 24 second serves, reducing the world's third ranked player to a miserable 42 percent in the key situation.
Berdych, who reached the semifinals at Roland Garros last month, acknowledged after the historic win that his extended play had exhausted him somewhat; however, he indicated that a little fatigue, as well as the stress of success, would be more than welcome tomorrow.
"I feel tired a little bit," Berdych said. "Also like all the stress from the match (with Djokovic), which is just gone, so then you just feel a little bit like mentally tired. But that's alright. You know, that's what comes after every winning match. I hope this feeling is gonna come one more again."
Tomorrow's championship will mark the 11th meeting between Nadal and Berdych. Nadal owns a 7-3 record in their previous 10 outings, including a 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 quarterfinals win at Wimbledon in 2007. Past record has seemed to matter little in Berdych's case, though, as Federer and Djokovic, his last two victims, were a combined 10-2 against him coming into the tournament.
Rafael Nadal -350
Tomas Berdych +250
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