LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his match against Philip Petzschner of Germany on Day Six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 26, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Wimbledon, Men's Semifinals: Rafael Nadal Beats Murray In Straight Sets, Will Play Tomas Berdych In Sunday's Final

SB Nation's Ben Rothenberg breaks down the Gentlemen's Singles semifinals from Day 11 at Wimbledon.

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Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal Charges Back To Beat Andy Murray In Straight Sets, Will

No. 2 Rafael Nadal came back from down 4-2 in the third set against No. 4 Andy Murray, winning the last four games to take the match 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-4.

Murray got an early break to open the third set and get himself into the match, but even as he trailed early on it was clear the momentum had not left Nadal. He constantly pressured Murray on every point, grinding away until eventually Murray buckled.

Murray hit a swinging forehand volley long on match point, sending Nadal crashing to the ground in joy.

After the match, Nadal told the BBC that he felt “sorry” for Murray, for not being able to win in front of his home crowd.

Nadal is on a twenty-four match win streak at Wimbledon against players not named “Roger Federer,” a category which includes Tomas Berdych.

Berdych will be able to hit through Nadal in a way Murray couldn’t though, much in the same way Robin Haase and Philipp Petzschner were able to in the first week. But Nadal has worlds more experience than Berdych, and far more self-belief, as well. If Berdych can get off to a fast start it could be interesting, but otherwise I see Nadal taking it without too much problem.


Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal Saves Set Points, Wins Second Set In Tiebreak

No. 2 Rafael Nadal is only a set away from what would be (not including 2009 which he missed to injury) his fourth consecutive appearance in the Wimbledon final.

Neither could break serve during the second set, but it was a much tighter affair than the first, with almost every game going to deuce.

In the tiebreak, Nadal saved set point at 6-5 with a beautiful touch forehand volley. He then earned a set point of his own on the next point with a passing shot that got some help from the net cord. Nadal made no mistake with his opportunity, and hit a sliding cross-court forehand that bounced twice before reaching Murray’s racquet.

But some momentum has already shifted in the third set, with Murray going up a quick break in the first game for a 1-0 advantage.


Wimbledon: Tomas Berdych Beats Novak Djokovic In Straight Sets; Awaits Nadal-Murray

No. 12 Tomas Berdych has defeated No. 3 Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3 for his first career victory over Djokovic and, more importantly, a spot in Sunday’s Wimbledon final.

Another double fault at a crucial juncture by Djokovic turned out to be costly. down break point at 3-4, giving Berdych a chance to serve for the final at 5-3.

And unlike in the second set when his nerves got the better of him, Berdych showed no shakiness in the third, serving out the game and the match to 15, putting him into his first grand slam final at age 24.

At No. 12, Berdych becomes the lowest ranked player to make the Wimbledon final since 2003, when unseeded Mark Philippoussis was runner up to Roger Federer.

Berdych will be the underdog against either Nadal or Murray in the final, but his shot-making and serve is better than either of theirs, so he certainly has a chance.

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