This was the moment when the Wimbledon baton was passed from me to him

Roger Federer - Pete Sampras

Roger Federer - Pete Sampras

From Sampras‘ autobiography ” A champion’s mind”:

” I got a great draw at Wimbledon. I had, in successive matches, Francisco Clavet, a clay courter, Barry Cowan, a British long shot in through a wild card, and Sargis Sargsian. Beating those guys brought me up against a young Swiss guy I’d already heard good things about, Roger Federer.
From what I’d been told, he was very talented, but he ran a little hot and cold. I expected to win, but very early in the match I realized that I was up against a kid with a complete game and talent to burn.”
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The first of Borg’s five consecutive Wimbledon championships: Borg defeats Nastase 6-4 6-2 9-7

Not really regarded as a classic, but nonetheless interesting, this final between the mercurial Romanian and the cool Swede marks the debut of Borg’s era at Wimbledon.

Nastase, having reached the final in 1972 and leading in their head to head was the clear favorite, but the pressure was on his shoulders: this final was seen as his last chance to win Wimbledon.

Ilie Nastase

Bjorn Borg

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Different surface. Same result.

Nike Nadal Wimbledon

Berdych’s road to the final:

Round Opponent Score
R1 Andrey Golubev 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-2
R2 Benjamin Becker 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
R3 Denis Istomin 6-7(1), 7-6(5), 6-7(8),6-3, 6-4
R4 Daniel Brands 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-5, 6-3
QF Roger Federer 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
SF Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3

Nadal’s road to the final:

Round Opponent Score
R1 Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
R2 Robin Haase 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
R3 Philipp Petzschner 6-4, 4-6, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3
R4 Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
QF Robin Soderling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-1
SF Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-4

Who will win Wimbledon's final?

  • Nadal in 4 sets (50%, 2 Votes)
  • Berdych in 4 sets (25%, 1 Votes)
  • Nadal in 3 sets (25%, 1 Votes)
  • Berdych in 3 sets (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Berdych in 5 sets (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nadal in 5 sets (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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