Nadal wary of Berdych

World number one dreams of second SW19 title

By Elliot Ball   Last updated: 3rd July 2010  

Nadal wary of Berdych

Nadal: Calm heading into final

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Rafael Nadal is expecting a tough test when he takes on Tomas Berdych in Sunday's Wimbledon final.

The world number one set up a mouth-watering clash with Roger Federer's conqueror on Friday evening after dispatching home hope Andy Murray in straight sets in their semi-final encounter.

Earlier, 12th seed Berdych showed no let-down to knocking out defending champion and six time winner Federer in the quarter-finals, as he stormed to a comprehensive three sets win over third seed Novak Djokovic.

Despite the Czech's dream run to his first grand slam final, the 24-year-old is the major underdog for the Centre Court showpiece.

But second seed Nadal, who is gunning to reclaim the title he scooped in an epic five-setter with Federer two years ago, insists he will not underestimate his huge-hitting opponent.


"Tomas is a great player, very good player from the baseline, very good shots, very good serve, so that why he is the best player from his (side of the) draw," said the world number one, who boasts a 7-3 head-to-head record over Berdych going into Sunday's final.

"For that reason he's in the final and it's going to be a very difficult match."

Nadal, who is bidding to become the first Spanish man to win two All England club crowns, maintains he feels no added expectation despite heading into Sunday's showpiece as the red-hot favourite.

"I would love to have another title here but even playing four finals here is more than I ever thought (was possible) and I want to enjoy tomorrow," said the 24-year-old, who is now over the fitness problems that saw him unable to defend his 2008 title last year.

"I've worked very hard to be back here and if I win it will be very emotional for me but if I lose, I will accept with the same calm.

"I know how difficult it is to win another time here. I know how good my claycourt season was and how good this tournament was for me."


Nadal's season has rocketed since snapping his trophyless 11-month spell in Monte Carlo in April and the Manacor left-hander has lost just one match en route to cleaning up this summer.

And the Spanish ace, who could land his eighth major title on Sunday, is relishing the chance to compete for the most famous trophy in tennis.

"It's a dream for me to be back here and winning important titles like Rome, Monte Carlo, Madrid and Roland Garros," he added. "Being back in the final of Wimbledon is amazing for me."

"For me the final it's not a big pressure because I did very well the last six, seven months."

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