Spain’s Rafael Nadal has won Wimbledon again second Wimbledon Title and eighth Grand Slam championship by 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. The story of the match was Nadal’s serving as Berdych was unable to earn many break points and when he did earn them, he was not able to convert them.
Nadal earns a full 2000 ranking points for the win as he did not contest Wimbledon 2009 due to injury and he will be the far and away world number 1 on Monday when the rankings are updated.
Nadal has now won back to back Slams having taken the 2010 French Open earlier this year and his efforts will now no doubt be directed toward winning the US Open so that he may complete the career Slam.
From a betting perspective the result sees Nadal cash in for his backers although his odds were not long pre-tournament as he was priced at just +250 (5/2). He did drift out to +400 (4/1) during the middle rounds of Wimbledon 2010 as he struggled with a couple early round opponents and in fact Nadal was handed a small fine for receiving coaching in a match against Philipp Petzschner.
Berdych was about 33 to 1 to just make the final so his backers really cashed in big time although he failed in his first Grand Slam finals match. As a consolation he received 2nd place and he will be noted as the man who ended Roger Federer’s run to 7 consecutive Wimbledon finals as it was Berdych who took the Swiss Maestro out in the quarters.
Novak Djokovic will be the world number 2 on Monday as Federer fades out to 3rd for the first time in a very long time. Perhaps however it is Robin Soderling who will soon be in the top 3 as the Swedish player was the only man to take a set off of Nadal in the late rounds of the tournament. Soderling may be offering valuable betting lines in the near future, especially to make finals although he does have a tendency to falter in late rounds.
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