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Wimbledon 2010 - Nadal v Berdych as it happened

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By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

It's good news for a Briton
1651: Time to practise our celebratory forward rolls then. Many thanks for your company over the last two sensational weeks at a truly memorable Wimbledon. We've had a blast as always. Don't go thinking the action's over though. We'll have one final 'Brit Up' flag because on Court One, British pair Lewis Burton and George Morgan meet British pair Liam Broady and Tom Farquharson. We literally can't lose! And I'll be very surprised if Jeremy Bates (and Anders Jarryd) aren't celebrating yet another win in the Gentlemen's Senior Invitation Doubles in a few hours' time... Bye!

1644: Nadal poses by the roll of honour board, which now reads Federer, Nadal, Federer, Nadal in the last four years ago. Nadal hasn't lost here since that 2007 final. His eighth Grand Slam title puts him level with Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall. I'm not a betting woman, but I think it's safe to say he'll overtake them shortly. He is only 24, and as long as the knees hold up...

1641: Nadal is showing off the trophy to the fans. The Spaniard is reigning French Open and Wimbledon champion for a second time. Just the US Open to go...

1639: Sue Barker can't resist a mention of Andy Murray, Nadal's semi-final victim. "Andy is doing very well, for sure he's going to have the chance to win here next year," says the world number one. "And I want to say thank you to the crowd because I was playing the local player, and the respect on the court was amazing and that doesn't happen on every court in the world so thank you very much." Bless...

Champion Rafael Nadal: "It's more than a dream for me. After a difficult year for me, missing the tournament last year, this year I came back and to have this trophy in my hands is more than a dream. Tomas, you are doing an amazing season. Sorry for today, but I wish you the best of luck for the rest of the season. It was probably one of the toughest moments in my career [to miss last year], but I'm lucky I have a great team around me. The crowd is always amazing with me here - thank you very much."

Runner-up Tomas Berdych: "It's been a great two weeks for me, but he was really strong, he's showing in the last few months he's really the champion. I don't know if it was mission impossible [to beat Federer] because it happened! It gave me a lot of confidence and some extra power to be stronger for next time. Who knows what's going to happen in the next year?"

1631: Nadal leads the applause as a sheepish-looking Berdych comes up to collect the runners-up trophy. Now for the new champion to get his hands on that trophy for the second time in a row, after missing last year's tournament.

1629: Nadal celebrations: the now-familiar star shape flat on his back at the point of winning - but after shaking hands with Berdych, he performs a neat forward roll. Increible! Top marks for effort...

Nadal 6-3 7-5 6-4 Berdych
Where have we seen this before? Crunch time in the set and Nadal steps up his game. Bit like Sampras in his heyday. Nadal whips a stunning forehand down the line to make it 0-30. Berdych responds though, a huge serve down the middle levelling it at 30-30. Nadal challenges it - mind games? It was easily on the line. Nadal has a second serve to look at - but bunts his return long. Berdych slipping on the bare turf now, and we're back to deuce. Argh! Berdych with the routine forehand to put away - but it's miles long! Match point. First serve clips the net, next one long... Into the rally now, Berdych backhand into the corner and up to the net - but Nadal passes. Wimbledon title number two, Grand Slam number eight.

Nadal 6-3 7-5 5-4* Berdych
I think I may have slipped into a daze there. Quick love game from Nadal (although is did feature a 15-stroke rally), and the camera pans to Nada's girlfriend. And no, it's not Shakira. MASSIVE game coming up for Berdych.

Nadal *6-3 7-5 4-4 Berdych
Berdych has hit more winners and less unforced errors than his opponent, but more than likely, he's going to lose this match - probably in straight sets. That's the frustration of playing Nadal. Andy Murray could tell you a bit about that. Swirling, fizzing forehand from Nadal, which Berdych leaves - and it's well in. But he shuts the door on the next point.

Nadal 6-3 7-5 4-3* Berdych
Berdych into the net to put away the volley, and Boris appreciating that, as are we all. It's another false start for the Czech though. Return into the net, another one wide, and Nadal is quickly back on track. Dancing feet from Nadal and a forehand pummelled crosscourt. He likes it too, turning to Uncle Toni and punching his fist. All of a sudden, he's two games away from a second Wimbledon title. Bit of work to do yet though.

Nadal *6-3 7-5 3-3 Berdych
Tim Henman's dad spotted yawning now. What's going on out there? Someone get the expressos in. "My dad said to me the other day, 'at least I can enjoy Wimbledon now'," says Tim, drily. Hold to love for Berdych.

Nadal 6-3 7-5 3-2* Berdych
Big serve, bigger forehand and Nadal is back to the chair for the loss of a point.

Twitter
Bud Collins on Twitter: "Last Wimbledon final won from two sets down, 1946 Yvon Petra over Geoff Brown."

Nadal *6-3 7-5 2-2 Berdych
The grass appears to take sympathy on Berdych, a bad bounce causing Nadal to make a mess of his backhand, and the underdog holds to 15.

Nadal 6-3 7-5 2-1* Berdych
To be fair, Berdych's Plan B appears to be to venture to the net a bit more - and it's working. The Czech has a break point. Battle of the backhand slice ensues until Berdych goes topspin, but thwacks the net. Another chance gone, and a bit more of Berdych's belief might have ebbed away. Spain in the World Cup semi-finals, probably about to celebrate another Wimbledon win for Nadal. Sounds like the perfect place to be. San Miguels all round.

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From vincent737 on Twitter: "Cheesy, I promise there's nothing worse being English and working in Spain right now......nightmare!!"

Nadal *6-3 7-5 1-1 Berdych
"Do you think Berdych's Plan B is to do Plan A better?" asks Tim Henman. "That's the problem," replies Boris. "He doesn't seem to have a Plan B." Crowd really urging Berdych on now, and the Czech responds by stepping in to spank a clean forehand winner. Not been stepping enough though, that's the problem. Not sure he trusts his shots today. Volley from behind the service line prompts some gasps from the crowd, but it's a winner, and Berdych hangs on.

Nadal 6-3 7-5 1-0* Berdych
Berdych has now lost his last 16 sets against Nadal. He played a much better second set, but that one last game ruined all his good work. Touch of magic from Nadal here, scrambling back a forehand and then sprinting to the other side to flick a magnificent backhand past Berdych. The world number one holds to 30, and marches back to the chair, just as pumped up and focused as he was on the first point. Amazing.

SECOND SET


Nadal *6-3 7-5 0-0 Berdych
For the third game in a row, I think, Berdych loses the first point on his service game - but now he's dropped the second, a poor half-volley putting Nadal on the offensive. Uh-oh. Panicky forehand long and Nadal has three set points. First serve into the net... Tense rally, and Berdych snaps first, whacking a forehand into the trams. You feared that was coming....

Nadal 6-3 6-5* Berdych
Berdych gently claps his racquet after turning up the power to win the first point. Big response from the crowd, who have now switched their support to the Czech in the hope of a longer match. Fickle - and it doesn't rattle Rafa, who comes through quite comfortably. Hungary's Marton Fucsovics, whose hobbies are "girls and motorbikes" according to the always brilliant ITF junior guide, wins the boys' singles title with a 6-4 6-4 win over Ben Mitchell, brother of Home and Away star Luke.

Nadal *6-3 5-5 Berdych
Nadal scampering up to a short ball, and he doesn't miss those, whipping it crosscourt to win the first point, but now he misses a pass down the line. Nadal looks to the sky in annoyance as he misses a return and Berdych has a 40-15 lead. Ace number 10 to put the gloss on another important hold.

Nadal 6-3 5-4* Berdych
"Oh no, that's pathetic," the watching Sir Cliff Richard clearly mouths, as Berdych nets hardly the easiest of shots. Sir Cliff has very exacting standards, it seems. Maybe he should take over British tennis? Love game from Nadal, and the pressure's back on Berdych.

Nadal *6-3 4-4 Berdych
Nadal wins the first point and a gust of wind forces Berdych to delay his next serve... An ace! Another ace! It's 40-15. Eek. Slice forehand clips the net and refuses to go over, but Berdych ends the game with a dinky little volley. Danger averted.

Nadal 6-3 4-3* Berdych
Sir Trevor McDonald stifles a yawn as Nadal holds to 15. Wake up Trev, crunch time coming up for Tommy Berdych. Nadal has hit 14 unforced errors, to Berdych's eight. Interesting...

Nadal *6-3 3-3 Berdych
Berdych goes for too much on a forehand and he's down 0-15. No problem with that one though, smacking it down the line. Seventh ace of the day makes it 40-15, and Nadal gets a return all wrong.

Nadal 6-3 3-2* Berdych
Missed catch in the crowd. Definitely an Englishman... And now a missed forehand by Nadal. There's been a good few of those. Luckily for him, it comes at 40-15, and he flicks one down the line to edge ahead. The sight of Ronnie Wood encourages Boris Becker to burst into a bit of Jumping Jack Flash, which is never a bad thing.

Nadal *6-3 2-2 Berdych
Berdych holds to love, but then I seem to remember the first set started like this didn't it?

Nadal 6-3 2-1* Berdych
Berdych wins the first point, but then goes for a dainty drop shot on the next one, when brute force might have been the safer option. Gah! Horrible-looking backhand drive volley from Berdych and Nadal has a 40-15 lead, which quickly becomes a hold of serve.

Nadal *6-3 1-1 Berdych
"Even though Nadal is a set up, I've seen him play better in this Championship, that's the scary part," says Boris Becker, as Nadal's forehand limply hits the net. Berdych puts the disappointment of that last game behind him with a love service game.

Nadal 6-3 1-0* Berdych
"A first-serve percentage of 48% is not going to cut it," remarks Tim Henman in the BBC commentary box, while Boris Becker reckons Berdych seems "confused and almost overwhelmed. He's taking chances on the wrong ball." Nadal won an incredible 92% of points behind his first serve in the first set - but that will have dropped after this game. He slaps the net with a forehand, and Berdych has his first break point of the match. Return is short, Nadal swings the forehand into the open court. Back to deuce. Double fault?! Another break point. Nadal misses the first serve, but swings a kicker out wide on the second. Brilliant serve, and Berdych can't control the return. What's going on, Rafa? Another forehand into the net, and it's a third break point for Berdych, but Nadal finds a serve-forehand combo to survive. Game point now... but another double-fault?!?! What the blazes? The swirling wind is playing havoc with the Spaniard's serve all of a sudden, but he survives a testing opener and that might be crucial.

FIRST SET

Nadal *6-3 0-0 Berdych
Berdych is retreating behind the baseline, from where his groundstrokes are easy pickings for Nadal. The first serve has dropped off too. The Czech flings his body at a desperate forehand, but it's well long and Nadal has two set points. First one saved with a welcome ace, but he misses the first serve again on the next, and Nadal's thumping return forces Berdych to net. Hmmm...

Nadal 5-3* Berdych
Absolutely nothing for Berdych to grab hold of there. Nadal's serve is firing and the forehand behind it is just lethal. Unplayable, even. A hold to love for the Spaniard.

Nadal *4-3 Berdych
First signs of nerves from Berdych with a mis-hit forehand followed by a wild backhand. He's 0-30 down. Nadal doesn't need invitations like that. Berdych sweeps a decent-looking forehand into the corner, but Nadal picks it up and rifles it down the line for a stunning winner. Three break points. First serve into the net, but Nadal can't deal with the pace off that forehand. First serve into the net again. This could be costly... And it is. Nadal sticks the return right onto the baseline and a stretching Berdych can only find the trams. First blood to the world number one...

Nadal 3-3* Berdych
Nadal is ahead on aces, 3-1, but he's also ahead on double-faults after chucking in his first at 40-0. Lovely return from Berdych now. Didn't hit it hard, just well-placed onto the sideline, catching Rafa unawares. Nadal closes out the game though.

Nadal *2-3 Berdych
Nadal gets his pass wrong on the first point, but he doesn't make the same mistake the second time, whipping a backhand crosscourt to make it 15-15. Another challenge by Berdych on a serve out wide - but it missed the line by a wafer. Ace number 100 will have to wait... Searing forehand into the corner from TB to finish off another hugely impressive game.

Nadal 2-2* Berdych
Fine catch by a gentleman in the crowd as the ball flies off Berdych's racquet. Probably an Australian. Nadal into a 30-0 lead, but Berdych's defensive lob followed by a rasping forehand down the line gets him back in the game, then a series of thumping forehands levels it at 30-30. Berdych has a second serve to look at, but it seems to hit a divot or something because the 12th seed completely miscues the return and Nadal comes through the first little spell of danger.

Nadal *1-2 Berdych
Berdych is the first man to call Hawkeye into action. The ball scraped the very outside of the line, making it his 99th ace of the tournament. That's even better than Serena Williams. It won't surprise you to learn that John Isner is top of the ace list with 113. Berdych looking very solid in the early stages. No sign of nerves... yet.

Nadal 1-1* Berdych
"I love you Rafa," bellows a man in the crowd as Nadal prepares to serve at 30-0. Don't think you're alone there, sir. Nadal's first ace of the day helps him to a love game. Touche.

Nadal *0-1 Berdych
Berdych, you have to feel, will also need his serve to be in top gear - and it is in his opening game, which he takes to love. Excellent start.
* denotes next to serve

1415: Despite being the favourite, it's Nadal who gets the biggest cheer as they head for the baselines. Berdych to serve first. Play...

1412: Perceived wisdom is that Tomas Berdych has no chance if he doesn't win the first set. Tim Henman agrees with John McEnroe that he'll lose in four. But the Czech has already beaten the world numbers two and three, could he make it a hat-trick?

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1409: The last three Wimbledon men's finals have gone to five sets. They've all been classics. The bar has been set high... There's Ronnie Wood munching on a banana. I hope he doesn't have the same effect as Mick Jagger on sporting events.

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From anon via text: "Nadal must have missed the 'no warming up in the corridor' signs."

1405: "The mind games have begun," reckons Boris Becker as Tomas Berdych emerges from his chair first, leaving Rafa Nadal sorting out his water bottles etc. Nadal gets a huge cheer when he finally makes his way to the net. Nadal, as usual, sprinting back to the baseline and the warm-up can begin.

1402: Here they come, Nadal and Berdych following the unlucky fella who has to carry their bags on. Didn't he used to wear a white coat? Not anymore... Fourteen-year-old Hannah Clinton, representing children's charity Barnardo's, will toss the coin.

1400: Tomas Berdych is strolling through the corridors on his way to Centre Court. Don't look back, Tommy, Rafa Nadal is behind, doing some short sprints, looking as pumped up as ever.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1357: Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button was given a sneaky peak at Centre Court by the BBC's Garry Richardson earlier. "It's amazing to be here," he said. "I'm feeling the guys' emotions they'll be going through right now. This place is amazing. I think they're going to have an amazing match today." Amazing.

1354: Bjorn Borg's silky, grey locks just bobbing their way off Centre Court. The Swede has only gone and predicted Tomas Berdych to win in four. John McEnroe plumps for Nadal in four. Dare I say that Borg is a little like tennis's version of Pele when it comes to predictions? Can't fault him for bravery though...

1350: Er, could you manually refresh the page please? I promise I won't ask you again...

By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

1348: We are on the brink of Wimbledon history. That's right, it's Caroline Cheese's last ever live text from Commentary Box Four. And the men's final between Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych. Enjoy.

Bjorn Borg
1345: "I think it's going to be a very long match but Rafa is moving the best of all the players and winning the important points," says Bjorn Borg, after being 'comedy strangled' by John McEnroe out on Centre Court. Bjorn still looks at him with that quizzical, narrow-eyed expression that suggests he didn't meet to many people like Mac growing up in Sweden.

Twitter
Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Absolutely brilliant conditions for Rafa. it's warm and the breeziest day of the tourney. Rafa has great margin of error in these conditions. like the French final when Sod had to serve like a dream, same thing for Berdman. he has to serve brilliantly, which adds a lot of pressure. all these things considered on this hair dryer day, Rafa three sets to nil. over-under 12 games for the Berdman."

1337: It's really happening, people, we really are going to see the men's final in under half an hour. Sue, Bjorn and Mac are out on Centre Court before me, so it must be true. Meanwhile, an interesting line from the Mail on Sunday suggests Andy Murray might be thinking of bringing in Andre Agassi's former coach Darren Cahill. In fairness, Andy could have had Cahill on court with him and he would have struggled to contain Nadal on Friday.

The match is over
1331: Another result is in, this time from Court Five as Dutch duo Esther Vergeer & Sharon Walraven retain their women's wheelchair doubles title with a 6-2 6-3 win over the Brit/Aussie combination of Lucy Shuker & Daniela di Toro.

Twitter
eversokirsty on Twitter: "Ready for our Wimbledon party with strawberries & cream cupcakes! Vamos Rafa!!"

Greg Rusedski on Twitter: "First set is big for berydch today, i believe nadal will win in 4 tight sets. berydch has the fire power, but nadal always raises his game."

1324: The band is pumping out the tunes on Centre Court now, posing that timeless question, "What shall we do with the drunken sailor?" What indeed? Maybe we'll ask the winner in their post-match conference. So who's going to win today and how are they going to go about it? Lots of backing for Nadal in three sets.

Rafael Nadal
1317: So, Rafa, can we expect another classic final today? "Ah, three five sets? Yeah, we had 2007. I don't know. Sure, will be very difficult match. Will be very difficult match for me, and hopefully for him, too (smiling)." And what about Berdych? "Amazing. He did amazing tournament. I think he played very good match against Federer; very good match today against Djokovic. Yeah, he's the best of his draw, so for that reason he's in the final. No one opponent can be more difficult than Tomas to play this final." Thank you.

The match is over
1312: Hmmm, bubbly.... there has been tennis under way around the All England Club for the last hour and the first result of the day is in - Americans Donald Johnson & Jared Palmer beat Yevgeny Kafelnikov & Wayne Ferreira 6-3 6-2 to win the gentlemen's invitational doubles on Court 18. Congratulations to them, but it is a mere warm-up for the main event of the day... Bates & Jarryd v Cash & Woodforde in the senior invitation doubles final on a 'court to be arranged'. And if that's not Centre Court, I'm staging a protest.

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From Somerset via text: "Hi Piers - sitting on 'Nadal Knoll' (say it enough and it'll catch on!), waiting patiently. So excited! Just finished a nice bottle of bubbly in Nadal's honour! Vamos!"

Tomas Berdych
1301: Big Tommy Berdych was quick to play down any aggro in his pre-final press conference and, let's face it, Rafa is not a man you want to wind up any more than necessary. "It's a really long time ago, and I think it's already forgotten from both or all sides, what happened there," said the Czech. "We never talk about that with each other. I would say there were quite a lot of emotions after the match from both of us. From him, from me. That's just what happens sometimes. I don't see it as any big problem. I mean, we are friends normally. Nothing like we'e not going to say 'hi' to each other or anything like that. It's just really nice. It's alright."

1255: Nadal and Berdych have met 10 times, with the Spaniard leading 7-3 and having won their last six matches, including a straight-sets win in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon three years ago. We love a bit of needle, though, and there was plenty of that in Berdych's last win over the man from Mallorca. He beat Nadal at the 2006 Madrid Masters and afterwards put his finger to his lips as if to silence the 10,000 fans. It didn't work, and he was jeered off. Nadal told Berdych afterwards he was "a bad person". Lovely stuff.

1249: The lowdown on BBC coverage this afternoon goes like this - we will be live texting throughout as though our very futures depend upon it, our radio colleagues on 5 live are already up and running, and BBC One and HD kick in from 1330 BST, along with the video stream at the top of this page. Any questions? Good.

Twitter
Patrick McEnroe on Twitter: "A windy morning in SW19. I called Berdych over Fed and Djoker but not today-Rafa too strong mentally and occasion gets to Tomas. Rafa in 3."

The sun is out
1238: As if you need telling, Wimbledon is forever bathed in sunshine and we're set to complete a rain-free fortnight. It's a bit windy, but I feel churlish even mentioning it.

Bjorn Borg
1233: Bjorn Borg on the final: "Berdych has impressed everybody since he started to play well at the French Open. If Nadal doesn't play well he's going to lose, he needs to play his best. Nadal is the favourite but it's going to be interesting."

1230: Afternoon all, slightly later than planned because of a broken commentary box door handle, we bring you the final of the gentlemen's singles. It has plenty to live up to. Two years ago we were treated to the greatest tennis match ever, last year we enjoyed the longest Grand Slam final in history, and there's always the ghost of Borg v McEnroe haunting every final. So, Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych, what have you got?




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