Wimbledon 2011: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, Interloper Novak Djokovic

Linus FernandesAnalyst IIJune 7, 2011

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Just one Grand Slam final in over two years between the giants that straddle the men’s circuit. Yet fans and critics alike are terming it a revival of the Fedal rivalry.

Is it, really?

It cannot be much of a competition if the duo have faced off just once in the last eight Slams.

Yes, 2010 was Rafael Nadal’s year with a ‘Rafa’ Slam under his belt and an unprecedented—for him—three majors in a single year. It’s very much possible that he could pick off where he left off. There’s enough steam in his engine to clinch his third Wimbledon title.

Ever since Rafa’s star took an ascendant turn, Roger Federer has done into mild decline. Yet, he’s more than good enough to be counted in, should either Rafael or Novak Djokovic falter.

It is foolish to expect Djokovic to fade away now that ‘normality’ is restored to the tour. The Djoker is here to stay. The Serb posted his best results on clay this season.

Could he not extend his form to the grass-court season? It’s just four weeks long and surely that is but a mere drop in a hectic ATP tour.

I suspect that tennis writers heaved a collective sigh of relief when Djokovic broke the tedium of either Federer or Nadal ascending the podium at a major. I know I did.

How much more can be written about the Fedal rivalry?

This year’s Wimbledon will make for interesting viewing.

Will it be Rafael kissing the trophy on July 3, 2011?

Will it be Roger fulfilling his promise to the skeptical media, conquering his fears, self-doubts, the elements and his nemeses, Djokovic and Nadal?

Or will there be a new champion or spoiler, (whichever way you choose to look at it) Novak Djokovic, smashing his way past all opposition?

Can British hopes finally find fruition in Andy Murray?

The stage is set. All that’s needed is for the players to play their part—well.

 I do not know myself and God forbid that I should.

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