Wimbledon 2011: 5 Highly Anticipated Matchups That Never Happened
Like any tournament there are always matchups that are highly anticipated and this year was no different.
However, due to the scale of the brilliant tennis at SW19 and, in turn, the odd upset, some matchups were not to be realised.
What follows are five highly anticipated matchups that never happened at the All England Club this year.
5. Andy Murray vs. Andy Roddick Quarterfinal
After the tactical battle between Andy Murray and Andy Roddick in the 2009 semifinal, many were hoping for the two to meet in the quarterfinals this year.
However, it was not meant to be as Roddick's conqueror, Feliciano Lopez, met Murray in the last eight.
If this matchup had gone ahead, it would have been rather one-sided and a copy of their Queens semifinal this year. Roddick was not playing well enough to have really stood a chance against the World No. 4.
4. Maria Sharapova vs. Li Na Semifinal
After winning the French Open, Li Na was expected to meet the favourite, and eventual runner-up, Maria Sharapova in the semifinals.
However, things did not go to plan for the World No. 4 as she lost to Sabine Lisicki in the second round. In contrast, Sharapova raced through to the semis and overcame the German in straight sets.
Had Li Na reached the semifinals, she would have bettered her previous best of a quarterfinal appearance.
3. Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray Final
The British fans and media were once again pinning their hopes on Andy Murray and predicted that the Scot would face Novak Djokovic in the final.
In a repeat of the 2011 Australian Open final, Murray would have wanted to beat the Serb on grass. In truth this would have been a very close final compared to the one in Melbourne.
However, it was not meant to be. Murray once again lost to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and will have to wait for that elusive grand slam title.
2. Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic Semifinal
After their thrilling semifinal at the French Open, the All England Club would have been delighted if Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic had met for a place in the final.
Federer's quest for a seventh title ended in the quarterfinals though as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat the World No. 3 in an epic five set match.
Federer may never make another Wimbledon final and a matchup with Djokovic would have been very special.
1. Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer Final
The 2008 Wimbledon final was the best ever to be played at SW19. Had Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal met in this year's final, it would have been a must-see. However, the wait now continues.
Had these two met in the final, it would have been a fitting way to end the Championships. Nonetheless, Nadal vs. Djokovic could make for a final that rivals that of Wimbledon in 2008.