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Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, London, England, Jun. 23-July 6, Grand Slam The Championsips, Wimbledon 2008
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Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, London, England, Jun. 23-July 6, Grand Slam
Roger Federer To Meet Marat Safin At Wimbledon
"Wimbledon Picks" - Day 11

By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Friday, July 4, 2008 5:10am CST USA
Roger Federer To Meet Marat Safin At Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer of Switzerland
LONDON, England (lawntennismag.com)óDefending champion and world number one Roger Federer of the Switzerland has won the Wimbledon gentlemen's singles title the last five years. Today Federer faces a another grand slam champion, Marat Safin of Russia in the semifinals. In his brillance, Federer has not lost a match at Wimbledon since 2002.

Should Federer advance, waiting in Sunday's final would most likely be world number two and French Open champion Rafael Nadal who is playing his best tennis ever.

Defending champion Roger Federer of the Switzerland has won the Wimbledon gentlemen's singles title the last five years.

Roger Federer (SUI)[1] v. Marat Safin (RUS)
Safin was picked earlier in his career by some as the most talented player on the tour. His game can win on any surface and he has the power, serve and groundstrokes to worry Federer who has won more than 60 grasscourt matches in a row.

Federer is a major frontrunner however and Safin will need to produce his best tennis early in order to get into the match, or he will soon find himself down two sets to the master of tennis.

Safin can win but it's a longshot. If he can stay mentally tough and get into the net before Federer he'll be in the game.
Winner: Federer

Rainer Schuettler (GER) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]
Schuettler in his prior round had to go the distance in five sets to advance which will not be helpful as Nadal is one of the most fittest players on the tour.

Nadal has not lost a match since before the French Open, and he added a grasscourt title to his collection a few weeks ago. Known in recent years as the best claycourter ever, Nadal showed last year here at Wimbledon in the final against Federer that he can hold his own on grass as well.

Schuettler will want to avoid Nadal's forehand which Nadal hits crosscourt which an extreme angle to set up many points. Schuetter would also need to move Nadal around the court and himself get into the net as many as possible. But sadly for Schuettler, I think Nadal will be controlling the majority of the points.
Winner: Nadal

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