The top two players of the world never met each other in the Wimbledon men’s final from 1983 to 2003.
It is about to happen for the seventh time in eight years with a couple of twists.
Thanks to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, No. 1 vs. No.2 Grand Slam Finals turned out to be something of a normal incidence in the recent years. Nowadays, No. 1 Nadal will be engaged in so far one more 1-2 Wimbledon championship matchup, only it will be against No. 2 Novac Djokovic, and they will change spots in the ATP rankings a day later.
Djokvic will go up to No. 1 and Nadal will go down to No. 2, in spite of the result.
Nadal said, “One guy played unbelievable the first half of the year, so he’s the new No. 1. We just can congratulate him, because what he did this first part of the season is something really impressive, really fantastic.”
Djokovic is 47-1 in 2011, counting in a 4-0 list against Nadal.
Djokovic said, who is 11-16 against Nadal in general, including 0.5 in Grand Slam tournaments, “The four times I won against him this year can probably help me in some ways mentally prior to this match.”
Serb won the first seven tournaments he joined in this season, prior to his 43-match winning streak, dating to the David Cup final in December, finished with a loss to Federer in the French Open semifinals.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga said after losing to Djokovic in Friday’s semifinals, “He’s the best player in the world @the moment.”
That success moved Djokovic into his first final at Wimbledon, and fifth at a Grand Slam tournament. He is 2-2 up to now, succeeding the Australian Open twice, and losing in two U.S. Open finals – to Federer in 2007 and to Nadal in the previous year.