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Wimbledon Finals 2011: Rafael Nadal and Finalists by the Numbers

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Linus FernandesAnalyst IIJuly 2, 2011

Two finals. Four finalists.

Two have won Wimbledon before. Two have not.

Three of the four are 25 or nearabout. The fourth is 21.

The 25-year-olds have 15 majors between them. The 21-year-old has none.

Three insiders, so to speak, and one palpable outsider.

The three major winners' names are B/R keywords. "Petra Kvitova" is not.

The former champions are favourites in their respective matchups; one more than the other.

Their challengers are similar, yet different.

Novak Djokovic is the world No. 1. ATP rankings on Monday will reflect his new status.

For the Czech Kvitova, it is her first major final. She reached the semis last year.

The Djoker has a better chance of upsetting the odds and dethroning current champion, Rafael Nadal.

Kvitova, however, can only hope that Maria Sharapova will leave her A-game in the locker room to stand a chance of clinching her first ever major.

Sharapova has not dropped a set in her march to the finals.

Rafael Nadal has not been as dominant, but he is still a formidable force.

Novak Djokovic regained the momentum of his 41-match unbeaten streak.

To lose just once, this year, a loss to Roger Federer in the French Open semifinal takes some doing.

Knocking over the Majorcan in a Wimbledon final will require some more mojo.

If anyone can dismantle the Spaniard, it is the Serb.

An old champion in the women’s draw is predicted; a second Wimbledon title for Maria Sharapova beckons.

The stage is set. Let play commence.

 

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