Wimbledon will realize the match everyone anticipated would take place in Paris last month as top ranked Rafael Nadal is set to face Novak Djokovic in the tournament final. The two masters are scheduled to take Centre Court at approximately 9:00 AM ET Sunday morning. Sports Betting Odds have Nadal listed as a -160 moneyline favorite to win his third Wimbledon Championship.
Rafael Nadal has 10 Grand Slam titles, two of which he obtained on the Wimbledon grass, and he owns a 16-11 record in 27 career meetings with second ranked Novak Djokovic. However, the Serbian, who will take over the ATP's top spot regardless of tomorrow's result, has dominated him of late.
Novak Djokovic has won four straight matches against the Spaniard with the two most recent victories coming on clay, a surface Nadal has owned since 2005.
If his recent history opposite Djokovic were not enough to scare Nadal, perhaps Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's assessment of the Serb following Friday's semis will do the trick.
Tsonga thought his own semifinals performance would have "beat everybody today, but not Djokovic, because he just played unbelievable. He was everywhere. He returns unbelievable all the time on his baseline."
Djokovic's "unbelievable" semifinal play is nothing new as he has been nearly perfect all season long, posting a 47-1 match record. Djokovic's only loss came in the French Open semis last month where the greatest tennis player ever, Roger Federer, ousted him in four remarkable sets.
Nadal, despite the emminent loss of his top ranking, has played fantastic this year as well. The ultra-quick Mallorca native is 51-7 and he has secured three singles titles, including his sixth French Open crown.
In spite of Djokovic's recent control over Nadal, the 24 year old can expect the Spaniard's best tomorrow. Nadal, when fully healthy, has a Grand Slam game like no other. If Djokovic is to garner his first Wimbledon title and his third career major, he will have to earn it the hard way, just like he did the No. 1 ranking.
Wimbledon 2011 Final Odds Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic Predictions:
Rafael Nadal -2.5 Games (-120), Over 41.5 Games (-140), -160 (Moneyline)
Novak Djokovic +2.5 Games (-120), Under 41.5 Games (+100), +120 (Moneyline)