Mats Wilander reveals factor that could benefit Rafael Nadal in Novak Djokovic match
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Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander says the more Wimbledon goes the bigger Rafael Nadal's chances of winning are. However, Wilander underlined that doesn't neccessarily mean that Nadal would beat Novak Djokovic in a potential Wimbledon final.
As the tournament progresses, the playing conditions get slower as the grass gets drier and worn out. "It's completely irrelevant what you look like and what you feel like after two matches because they are only going to play in the finals," he said.
"They are both going to get four more matches to get there," Wilander said on Eurosport. "The court here at Wimbledon is going to be completely different if they play in the final. It's going to be drier, worn out. It's going to play out more like a clay court so if they were to play today or Friday first week then yes so far Djokovic has maybe looked a little bit better.
But the longer the tournament goes the more the surface starts to favour Rafa Nadal. It doesn't mean I think Nadal is going to beat Djokovic in the final necessarily but like I said before they are just winning matches and peak at the right time.
So far they haven't had to peak."
Nadal and Djokovic likely to meet in the Wimbledon final
Both Nadal and Djokovic are making a good progress at Wimbledon and they are considered as the top two favorites for the Wimbledon title.
When the draw was made, Nadal, Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini were considered as the three top favorites. Nadal and Berrettini were projected to meet in the Wimbledon semifinal but the Italian contracted COVID-19 and was forced to pull out from Wimbledon.
If nothing unexpected happens, we will see a Nadal and Djokovic Wimbledon final. Nadal hasn't played Djokovic at Wimbledon since 2011, when the Serb beat him to lift his maiden Wimbledon title at the time.