Wimbledon 2011: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Set for Epic Showdown in Finals

Torrie HardcastleContributor IIJuly 1, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01:  Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning his semifinal round match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on Day Eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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The Wimbledon final matchup has been set. Novak Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal on Sunday, and the ratings should be high.

Upon sealing his spot in the final matchup, Djokovic usurped Nadal for the No. 1 tennis ranking. Pretty impressive.

Win or lose on Sunday, Djokovic will be given the No. 1 ranking. But the stage is so grand and the stakes are so high that Sunday's match could go down as one of the greatest in men's tennis history.

Djokovic will be playing to prove he's worthy of the No. 1 ranking to be bestowed upon him and to improve his record to 49-1 since December, 2010.

Nadal will be playing to vindicate himself following his ranking slide and to prove that winning crowns a champion more than a ranking does.

Showdowns between two players of such high caliber are bound to draw more than just the normal tennis crowd. In every sport, the storylines can pull people in. I never watch tennis unless Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Venus or Serena are playing. I never watch golf unless McIlroy is dominating or Tiger is making a run. 

To some, it may get redundant after a while to have the same person or a few people win major titles again and again. But to me, the superstar players elevate the game to the next level—they entertain and inspire and create an experience. 

I know I'll be watching on Sunday, along with many others, as we have the opportunity to witness something out of the ordinary: greatness.