Wimbledon 2012: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal and Matchups We're Dying to See
The 2012 Wimbledon Championships begin today, June 25, and the tennis world could not be any more excited.
The past two years have presented more of a Serbian and Spanish trend, with the past nine majors being won by either Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal, the respective first and second seeds in this tournament.
However, everybody is always delighted to witness an encounter between Federer and Nadal, as their rivalry has spawned the greatest attention and attraction to the sport.
The two rivals underwent a three-peat (the 2006, 2007 and 2008 finals) at the All England Club in their lifetime saga.
Having said that, sometimes you can't always get what you want.
In the event that we don't, here are some other matchups we wouldn't mind seeing.
John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut
I cannot believe this is probably going to occur for the third straight Wimbledon in a row.
After their unconstitutionally outlandish match in 2010 (the fifth set alone was longer than the previous longest match ever), they were simply thankful to have become a part of tennis history and appreciated that a scoreline like that would never occur again.
Surprisingly—and hysterically—they drew each other again in the first round in 2011, despite the fact that the probability of the random selection allowing that to happen was less than one percent, according to SI.com.
Here we are again in 2012—only, this time, it will take place in the second round.
Nicolas Mahut has been playing better than ever and can maybe get revenge against his friend John Isner for the most disappointing loss of all time.
Milos Raonic vs. Andy Murray
Andy Murray, who it seems is Britain's last hope for a major, might have to play the monstrously powerful Canadian in the fourth round.
The two men played in Barcelona a month ago, where Raonic took out the Scot in straight sets to record his first ever win over a player in the "Big Four."
His ground strokes were easily penetrating the court on the red clay—imagine how tough it will be for Andy to rebound on the quick grass.
Milos' serve is also the biggest weapon in the game.
Bernard Tomic vs. the Field
Last year, young Aussie sensation Bernard Tomic secured his place in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
His inspired run came out of nowhere, but it put him on the map and labeled him a threat to most players in the field.
This year, he has an even tougher draw, and it seems unlikely that he will replicate what he was able to achieve in 2011.
Having said that, he should be a challenge for anybody in his path and it will be interesting to see how he performs with much more pressure on him this time around.
Roger Federer V. Novak Djokovic
We have not seen a final between Federer and Djokovic in a major since 2007 because of how the seeding works, but these two athletes have faced off in multiple semifinals in three of the four Grand Slams with the exception being Wimbledon.
This is the one tournament that especially gives the Swiss Maestro an edge over the competition, and Nole would have a tough task in meeting him in the semifinals for the first time.
Although each member of the "Big Four" has a very tricky quarter, and the odds of all four coming out on top are very slim, this would be a dream match.
Let the games begin!
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