Roger Federer, number one seed for the Wimbledon 2010 Men’s Singles Championship, was knocked out of the tournament at the quarter final stage by 12th seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in four sets this afternoon.
Big serving Berdych will meet Novak Djokovic in the Semi-Final after lifting this match 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-4 to make relatively short work of what is easily the most impressive victory of his career to date.
Federer has been a master of grass at Wimbledon, where he has lifted the Men’s Singles title a remarkable six times. Until this year, he has not missed a Wimbledon Final since 2002. The Swiss, however, has had a more difficult year in ’10, struggling even in the First Round where he looked on the ropes, and needed five sets to defeat Alejandro Falla.
Berdych has had a fantastic year in 2010, a year when he has really come of age. He almost made the Final of the French Open – losing out in five sets to the redoubtable Robin Soderling (who plays Rafael Nadal this afternoon) in the Semi-Final at Roland Garros marked him out as a player to follow at Wimbledon, but few could have anticipated the level of dominance he displayed today against the very best of opponents.
Djokovic, the third seed, who has also endured a slightly tricky passage to the Semi-Final including a five set wobble of his own, will have his work cut out if he is to set up a Grand Slam final against this impressive Czech player. The Semi-Final between the two, on today’s evidence, could be a close run thing – Berdych is in the form of his life, and Djokovic does not know when he is beaten. A fascinating prospect for tennis fans.
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Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Djokovic has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, the third-most in history for a male player, five ATP Finals titles, a record 36 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 14 ATP Tour 500 titles, and has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 289 weeks (second of all time). In majors, he has won a record eight Australian Open titles, five Wimbledon titles, three US Open titles, and one French Open title. By winning the 2016 French Open, he became the eighth player in history to achieve the Career Grand Slam and the third man to hold all four major titles at once, the first since Rod Laver in 1969.
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Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player, as well as 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles and the 2016 Olympic gold medal in doubles. In addition, Nadal has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No. 1 five times.
In majors, Nadal has won a record twelve French Open titles, four US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open title, and won at least one Grand Slam every year for a record ten consecutive years (2005–2014). Nadal has won 85 career titles overall, including the most outdoor titles in the Open Era (83) and a record 59 titles on clay. With 81 consecutive wins on clay, Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.
Nadal has been involved in five Davis Cup titles with Spain, and currently has a 29-win streak and 29–1 record in singles matches at the event. In 2010, at the age of 24, he became the seventh male player and the youngest of five in the Open Era to achieve the singles Career Grand Slam. Nadal is the second male player after Andre Agassi to complete the singles Career Golden Slam, as well as the second male player after Mats Wilander to have won at least two Grand Slams on all three surfaces (grass, hard court and clay).