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2010 Wimbledon: Thomas Berdych v. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
The unrelenting pressure applied by Berdych resulted in his best win to date over Federer on the lawns of Wimbledon––Federer’s favorite surface.
The match, which lasted about two and a half hours, ended when Berdych delivered another forehand winner to take the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Even though there were some tense moments for Berdych in the closing moments of the fourth set, the Czech held his nerve and sent Federer home early, failing to reach the finals for the first time since 2002.
From 2003 through 2009 Federer had presented himself on Centre Court for every gentleman’s singles final.
In 2010 it would be Tomas Berdych who would face the World No. 1 Rafael Nadal on Centre Court for the men's final.
After Berdych dispatched his semifinal opponent Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 and Nadal turned away Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6, 6-4, the final was set. Head to head before the final the advantage went to Nadal 7-3.
The final was anticlimactic as many of them are when an underdog finally arrives on the largest stage of them all.
There was no fire nor assurance for Berdych on the day as Nadal quickly and methodically convinced the Czech to fold his tent and go home.
Nadal did everything needed to win convincingly.
That had to be a relief for the Majorcan after his last final on Centre Court in 2008––the massive five-set marathon with Roger Federer that some hail as the greatest tennis match of all time.
The Majorcan defeated Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in two hours and 13 minutes with no drama or furor.
For Berdych, it was the moment and more importantly, the competitor who gave the Czech no leverage to gain a foothold in the match.
Nadal swept up his eighth grand slam title and his second consecutive slam title of 2010, having recaptured the French in June.
All eyes now turned toward New York and Flushing Meadows and the U.S. Open where Nadal had never made the finals.