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Borg tips Nadal to win Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal (left) and Bjorn Borg
Borg (right) has picked Nadal to win this year's Wimbledon

Five-time Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg has tipped Rafael Nadal to triumph over Roger Federer at this year's championships at the All England Club.

Nadal cruised to a straight sets win over Federer in Sunday's French Open final - his third straight victory over the world number one at Roland Garros.

And the Swede believes Nadal has the edge at this year's Wimbledon.

"If he survives the first couple of rounds this year, I pick him to win Wimbledon," he said.

The 22-year-old Spaniard's French Open win, which secured a fourth consecutive French Open triumph to move within two of Borg's tally, means Federer has won just one of their nine clay court meetings.

In contrast, Nadal has lost to Federer in each of the last two Wimbledon finals and the 26-year-old Swiss will be most people's favourite heading into the Championships that begin on 23 June, but his lack of form will be a concern.

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As well as losing to Nadal in the French Open, Federer failed to shine at this year's Australian Open, losing his semi-final with the eventual champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

Clay court specialist Nadal pushed his rival all the way in last year's Wimbledon final, eventually losing in five sets, and Bjorg is sure the world number two will do all he can to go one better this time around.

"The way he played last year (at Wimbledon), it was an unbelievable final. He was very unfortunate not to win that particular match. He had chances," Borg said.

"And I'm sure after losing a match like that he wants to come back and try to win that championship."


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