The former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski believes Rafael Nadal will beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon on Friday. The British TV pundit said: "He (Nadal) has been phenomenal. It’s the best I’ve ever seen him play on a grass court.
I had Federer originally to start the tournament but now the grass is slower so now I pick Rafa." The 1996 tournament winner Richard Krajicek added: “It’s still grass, even if it’s slow grass. But it can be also too slow.
I think the ball doesn’t do as much as on the clay so when Rafa hits a big spin to the backhand of Roger, Roger is here and I think now it’s going to be shoulder height and maybe a little bit lower even. And Roger just feels good here on the Centre Court.
And even though he lost now to Rafa, the last two years Rafa has had a problem, he didn’t beat Roger. He’s a step slower and on the grass it’s more difficult for him to move than on the clay. He has to fight for it, it’s not going to be as easy as I thought before the tournament, but he’ll still win against Rafa”.
Recalling Nadal's win over Federer in 2008, John McEnroe concluded: “It was the best match I’ve ever seen in my life. I was lucky enough that people used to talk about the match I had with Bjorn (Borg) in 80 but this one, everything surrounding it, the way it ended, the quality of tennis, to see Rafa finally get his first Wimbledon, was amazing”.