Wimbledon 2019: Can Rafael Nadal end SW19 drought?

French Open champion Rafael Nadal will be looking to win Wimbledon for just the third time

The Tipster
By The Tipster
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal (Photo: Marianne Bevis)

Rafael Nadal will start as third favourite to Wimbledon as the French Open champion looks to win the grass court tournament for the first time since 2010.

The 33-year-old triumphed on the clay of Paris earlier this month after Nadal beat Dominic Thiem in four sets to win the French Open for a twelfth time.

While Nadal has enjoyed unprecedented success at Roland Garros, the world number two has only won the Wimbledon title on two occasions.

Perhaps that’s why tennis betting lines at 888 Sports NJ have Nadal as third favourite to triumph in London behind Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

The 18-time Grand Slam winner reached the Wimbledon final in 2006 and 2007 but Nadal lost to Roger Federer in four sets and five sets.

He finally secured the Championship at SW19 when Nadal beat Federer 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(8–10), 9–7 in the 2008 final to win his fifth Major.

Nadal tasted success on grass again two years later when the Spanish ace beat Czech Republic’s Tomáš Berdych in straight sets on centre court.

He failed to defend his Wimbledon crown a year later when he lost to Serbia’s tour-de-force Novak Djokovic in four sets to signal a changing of the guard.

Remarkably, Nadal has reached a further 13 Grand Slam finals since his last appearance in a Wimbledon final in 2011 but none of them have been on grass.

The Spaniard has enjoyed a resurgence in 2019 following a spate of injury problems over the past few years.

Nadal lost to his great rival Djokovic in straight sets at the Australian Open at the start of the year before his victory over Thiem in the French Open.

The world number two is now just two Grand Slam titles behind Federer – and where better than Wimbledon to narrow his rival’s lead to one Major trophy.

World number one Djokovic will start as the favourite to win Wimbledon as the Serbian looks to secure his second Grand Slam crown of 2019.

The top seed has won Wimbledon four times after he beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the final last year. Like Nadal, Djokovic has rediscovered his best form after reaching three of the last four Grand Slam finals.

Federer, of course, will be hoping to secure his 21st Major title and win Wimbledon for a ninth time to further build his legacy on grass.

At 37, the world number three doesn’t have too many tournaments at SW19 left in his career and would dearly love to win his second Wimbledon title in three years.

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