Welcome to the final day of Wimbledon 2010 - it is men's final day, and there's a reason they leave this one till last. We were all (except Amy) kinda hoping that Andy Murray would make it through to the final, but the power of Nadal was just too much and it's only right that the 2008 championship comes back to have another chance for the title.

Rafael Nadal warming up during the second week of Wimbledon

Credit: John Linwood / Flickr

Rafael Nadal warming up during the second week of Wimbledon

Facing him on the other side of net is one Tomas Berdych. I've just realised I've been spelling his name with an extra 'h' all week long, so apologies to Tomas for that. I don't know much about Berdych but he has done really well so far this year. The BBC live text has a quote from a five-times Wimbledon champion.

Berdych has impressed everybody since he started to play well at the French Open. If Nadal doesn't play well he's going to lose, he needs to play his best. Nadal is the favourite but it's going to be interesting.


Bjorn Borg

The 2008 final was one of the best tennis matches ever, involving Nadal and Federer. If this match is only half as good, it will be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The tennis gets underway at 2pm, and I'll be watching the whole thing with a punnet of strawberries and a little bit of cream. Won't you join me?

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92 responses

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 12:51

    A local supermarket was handing out free cream with strawberry purchases. They know their audience.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:00

    Players about to go out on court.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:00

    Nadal is bouncing around like Tigger.

  • me04/07/2010 at 13:00

    will this thread make more than seven comments today?

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:01

    will this thread make more than seven comments today?

    Hehe. Depends. I appear to be live commenting it by myself. :)

    I think you picked a bad day.

  • RG04/07/2010 at 13:01

    I might as well watch. Nadal to win in 3 sets.

  • me04/07/2010 at 13:02

    I think you picked a bad day.

    #blamelou

  • RG04/07/2010 at 13:04

    Who are those seemingly important people?

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:04

    Quite windy today.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:06

    Who are those seemingly important people?

    People in the crowd? Not sure. They'll tell us eventually.

  • RG04/07/2010 at 13:07

    People in the crowd? Not sure. They'll tell us eventually.

    No, the three people with the players.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:10

    Ronnie Wood in the crowd.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:10

    And Des Lynham!

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:15

    Much bigger cheers for Nadal. The crowd aren't necessarily going for the underdog this time round.

  • me04/07/2010 at 13:15

    Much bigger cheers for Nadal. The crowd aren't necessarily going for the underdog this time round.

    i shall then.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:19

    Man just shouted: "I love you Rafa."

    That's not going to put him off at all!

  • RG04/07/2010 at 13:24

    I do like that hawkeye.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:25

    If I were a ball person, I wouldn't want to be the one trusted with the umbrella. I'd have someone's eye out.

  • RG04/07/2010 at 13:30

    This Berdych fella isn't half bad.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:32

    This Berdych fella isn't half bad.

    He beat Federer and Djokovic, who are the 2nd and 3rd seeds, I think. So he's definitely on fine form.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:40

    Three break points for Rafa.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:41

    Two break points for Rafa.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:46

    He broke and held, so the first set looks good for Nadal.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:49

    1st set Nadal - 6-3.

  • RG04/07/2010 at 13:50

    Nadal seems to have stepped up 5 or 6 notches.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:55

    Break point Berdych.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 13:55

    Too good from Nadal! Deuce.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:02

    After many deuces, Nadal finally holds. I wonder if that was a golden opportunity missed by Berdych.

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 14:08

    I don't think I care about this enough to stay awake because rafa will clearly win, so he can do that while I sleep.

  • RG04/07/2010 at 14:10

    I may have lost interest... Mr C might be onto something with this Speed Sporting idea.

  • me04/07/2010 at 14:11

    I may have lost interest... Mr C might be onto something with this Speed Sporting idea.

    w00t!

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:12

    Bah. I don't care. I'll live comment by myself.

  • me04/07/2010 at 14:13

    Bah. I don't care. I'll live comment by myself.

    awww. :(

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:13

    It is proper windy out there. Loads of dust coming off the surface.

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 14:13

    Bah. I don't care. I'll live comment by myself.

    I'd be more willing to help if it wasn't 12.13am on a Monday morning and it wasn't obvious who is going to win :(

  • Alex Andronov04/07/2010 at 14:14

    Bah. I don't care. I'll live comment by myself.

    I'll try and join you. I am on a train and can't see anything though.

  • me04/07/2010 at 14:15

    I'll try and join you. I am on a train and can't see anything though.

    i can only hear it, not see it.

    alex, what do you make of the surface this year?

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 14:15

    By saying Rafa is going to win I'm secretly hoping I can do a Paul. #gotomas

  • Alex Andronov04/07/2010 at 14:16

    It shows the inconsistancy of NotNadal that he swings from dainty to horrible in one paragraph of El Cheese's commentry.

  • Alex Andronov04/07/2010 at 14:17

    alex, what do you make of the surface this year?

    I think it was a little predictable for them to go for a horizontal elevation imho.

  • Alex Andronov04/07/2010 at 14:19

    Right NotNadal is called Tomas. #learningthingsisfun :)

  • Alex Andronov04/07/2010 at 14:20

    Has Boris Becker been singing Jumping Jack Flash? We'll be having a bit of Ron in this weeks Giggles Radio show.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:21

    He must be putting up more of a fight this set because the first one was wrapped up after 34 minutes, and this one is 3-all at 31 minutes.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:22

    Right NotNadal is called Tomas. #learningthingsisfun :)

    Tomas without an H, unlike how I have been spelling it all week.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:24

    Trevor McDonald!

  • Alex Andronov04/07/2010 at 14:24

    Hey multitasking means I can listen on the five live over 3G.

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 14:24

    He must be putting up more of a fight this set because the first one was wrapped up after 34 minutes, and this one is 3-all at 31 minutes.

    he beat Nadal in Madrid once and the crowd booed him, there was ~drama~

  • Alex Andronov04/07/2010 at 14:24

    Good backhand volly from Nadal there.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:25

    he beat Nadal in Madrid once and the crowd booed him, there was ~drama~

    That's harsh! The crowd seem to be warming to him a little. Earlier it was all about Nadal.

  • Alex Andronov04/07/2010 at 14:25

    Five live just went to horseracing!

  • me04/07/2010 at 14:25

    Hey multitasking means I can listen on the five live over 3G.

    omg!

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:25

    Good backhand volly from Nadal there.

    Hehehe, on my screen they are sitting down :)

  • me04/07/2010 at 14:25

    Five live just went to horseracing!

    bah!

  • Alex Andronov04/07/2010 at 14:26

    That's harsh! The crowd seem to be warming to him a little. Earlier it was all about Nadal.

    We like an underdog.

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 14:26

    That's harsh! The crowd seem to be warming to him a little. Earlier it was all about Nadal.

    Roger seems to be the only champion the WImbledon crowd always get behind regardless of who he is playing. Crowds are smart.

  • Alex Andronov04/07/2010 at 14:27

    New balls issued. Oooh Colin Firth.

    Was Becker eating then?

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:27

    We like an underdog.

    Indeed. I was surprised they didn't to start with. I thought it would be obvious we were all cheering for Tomas.

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 14:27

    That's harsh! The crowd seem to be warming to him a little. Earlier it was all about Nadal.

    After being booed Tomas put his finger to his lips to shush the crowd and Nadal had a go at him and told him he was being rude. Tennis players can be so catty :D

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:27

    Tennis players can be so catty :D

    Blimey. I prefer it when they're hugging and stuff :)

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:29

    Oh no, Cliff Richard.

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 14:30

    apparently Jenson is there somewhere

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 14:32

    Zvonereva also lost her doubles final yesterday. Imagine losing two finals in a row. No wonder she was crying.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:32

    Zvonereva also lost her doubles final yesterday. Imagine losing two finals in a row. No wonder she was crying.

    Awww.

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 14:35

    The Australian boy loses the boys final. Now he can't add "Grand Slam Champion" to his CV next to "my brother is on Home and Away"

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:37

    The Australian boy loses the boys final. Now he can't add "Grand Slam Champion" to his CV next to "my brother is on Home and Away"

    Hehehe! What is it about tennis and Home and Away?

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 14:37

    Hehehe! What is it about tennis and Home and Away?

    the Australian Open and Home and Away are on the same TV network here. They reeeeally milked that link during it :(

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:40

    Oooh, Tomas almost did the splits there.

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 14:41

    I also like Tomas because his 7-year girlfriend is a lady tennis player and tennis couples are cuuuuuute

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:42

    I also like Tomas because his 7-year girlfriend is a lady tennis player and tennis couples are cuuuuuute

    i.e. Federer. :)

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 14:44

    2 sets, that is my bedtime call.

    Silly Tomas, play like you played the last two matches, this defensive passive rubbish ain't working :(

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 14:44

    Cue Nadal taking his top off.

  • Journeyer04/07/2010 at 14:51

    2 sets, that is my bedtime call.

    Silly Tomas, play like you played the last two matches, this defensive passive rubbish ain't working :(

    Nadal is a different animal to the rest at the moment. Just too good.

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 15:10

    theres Jenson!

  • Journeyer04/07/2010 at 15:11

    Jenson in a nice blue top there.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 15:13

    theres Jenson!

    I missed him. I just looked up in time to see Cliff again. Rats.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 15:27

    Championship point.

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 15:28

    every single mens grand slam final this year has been lame. Bring on the US Open.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 15:28

    He did it.

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 15:29

    It's rare for Xisca to show up. She's no Mirka.

  • Journeyer04/07/2010 at 15:31

    Bring on the US Open.

    It's the only one Rafa hasn't won. He will be a man on a mission in Flushing Meadows.

    And on this form, who's to argue he won't win that?

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 15:32

    And on this form, who's to argue he won't win that?

    me. he's never been good on that surface.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 15:33

    me. he's never been good on that surface.

    Is that the blue surface?

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 15:34

    Is that the blue surface?

    its one of the blue ones :D

  • Journeyer04/07/2010 at 15:34

    me. he's never been good on that surface.

    but who can beat him? maybe federer, but he'll need to step us his form significantly. delpo? he'll be rusty coming back from injury. the andy's? maybe murray, but i'm not convinced of him right now.

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 15:34

    its one of the blue ones :D

    Oh, I don't like them. Too squeaky.

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 15:35

    but who can beat him? maybe federer, but he'll need to step us his form significantly. delpo? he'll be rusty coming back from injury. the andy's? maybe murray, but i'm not convinced of him right now.

    any of the big hitters. theres quite a list of people who can beat him at the US.

  • Amy04/07/2010 at 15:36

    Oh, I don't like them. Too squeaky.

    I will miss most of it because the final is the same weekend as Monza. Poor scheduling, that.

  • Leigh O'Gorman04/07/2010 at 15:40

    Well done Rafa

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 19:11

    All done: http://twitpic.com/22g65f

  • me04/07/2010 at 19:12

    All done: http://twitpic.com/22g65f

    no more sidepodwimbledon for a whole other year?

  • Christine04/07/2010 at 19:13

    no more sidepodwimbledon for a whole other year?

    Stop cheering please.

  • me04/07/2010 at 19:15

    Stop cheering please.

    never said a word.