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Wimbledon 2011: Nadal v Djokovic as it happened

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By Chris Bevan at Wimbledon

It's good news for a Briton
1734: Right then. That was the 2011 Wimbledon men's final, and Novak Djokovic is the new champion. His first title at the All England Club and his third Grand Slam in all - I think he might have enjoyed it too. The tennis continues, and you can watch the boys' doubles (where Britain is guaranteed a winner because Oliver Golding and George Moran are on opposite sides of the net) and mixed doubles titles on our live stream, but the tournament is over for all of us in Commentary Box Four. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Time to bid you all farewell, but a special mention for BBC stalwart Ian Westbrook, who is bowing out after approximately 75 years of covering Wimbledon. I think he may even have done a Ceefax report on Fred Perry's last victory.

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Alcamin on Twitter: "A great end to Wimbledon. Congratulations to Novak on an amazing tournament and a dream year. Outclassed even the great Rafa."

1722: Not a lot of people get to actually taste the Wimbledon turf either, but old Djoko did, taking a bite out of a blade of grass after shaking hands with Nadal and the umpire. You can relive the moment he won the title here, if you are in the UK, and relive a thrilling fourth set here too.

1717: Djokovic has now lost only one of his last 51 matches. Not too bad a run of form, that. Can he carry it on to the US Open? Hang about, he's probably not got out of his shorts yet... so let's look back at a superb display today, in which he not only lived with Rafael Nadal's intensity and power, but at times outplayed him too. Not many people take a 6-1 set off Rafa, but not a lot of people beat him at Wimbledon either, do they?

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princessvicks82 on Twitter: "So gracious in defeat and in winning! Well done both Rafa and Djoko!"

1708: The celebrations continue. Djokovic is showing off his new prize to the crowd outside Centre Court now, before meeting the president of Serbia too. He cannot stop kissing the trophy either, but can you blame him?

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Pengumile on Twitter: "Andy Murray: learn from this. Novak kept it up throughout the match. You can compete with these amazing players. "

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andybell88 on Twitter: "Phenomenal performance from Djokovic, made Nadal look ordinary for a lot of that match and Nadal is anything but ordinary. "

1704: Djokovic, still wearing a huge smile, heads back to the locker room - his name is already up on the winners board in the trophy room. Cracking final too, the sort of match you didn't want to end. A fifth set would have been nice, but still a top-class encounter to savour. Oh, and it means the new Wimbledon champion has a winning record of 48-1 in 2011, and two Grand Slams out of three this year.

1700: Novak Djokovic is showing off his new trophy to the photographers and fans on Centre Court. Not only has he nabbed Rafael Nadal's title, he will also have his world number one ranking tomorrow. In the Serbian's own words, "not a bad couple of days at the office".

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mattlittlechild on Twitter: "Congrats Novak Djokovic! Worthy champion and a great game to watch! Tennis at it's best."

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John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: "That fourth set was just brilliant and shot-making at its absolute superb best. Probably the best set of tennis I've ever seen. The other sets were very up and down. We didn't see both play at their best at the same time but it was still a fascinating match with extraordinary ups and downs. We just never knew what was going to happen."

New Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic: "It is really hard to describe with any words apart from that this is the best day of my life. I always dreamt of winning Wimbledon. When you are playing the best player in the world, Rafa, who has won two of the last three Wimbledons and always beaten me in the Grand Slams, I had to be at the top of my game and I think I played my best game on the grass courts ever."

Rafael Nadal addresses Centre Court: "First of all congratulations to Novak for victory today and his amazing season. Wimbledon is the most special tournament. I remember how I felt when I won it for the first time in 2008, and emotions were running high. I can imagine how Novak feels today. It is a very special day and I'd like to congratulate him."

1649: Presentation time now, with Rafael Nadal fighting the tears as he takes the runners up plate. Here comes Djokovic now, beaming and waving as he gets his hands on the golden trophy. A kiss, and he holds it aloft.

1645: It took him two hours and 29 minutes but Novak Djokovic has the Wimbledon title to go with his new number one ranking. He sinks to his knees, then lies flat out on the Centre Court turf. And after embracing Nadal, he attempts to take it all in.

Djkovic beats Nadal 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 Nadal
A tense start by Djokovic to the biggest game of his tennis life, with a mistake betraying his nerves. Rafa's feeling it too, though, looping a forehand into the net and dumping another into the net. Djoko is two points away from the title of his dreams, but still Rafa battles on forcing an error from the Serb with a big forehand of his own. But Djoko responds with a touch of the Edbergs - serve and volley - and a touch of class to put away the backhand overhead winner. That's Championship point. Still the crowd implore Rafa to fight on but it's no good... A forehand into the corner sees Rafa hit long, and the Wimbledon title is Djokovic's now.

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NOVAK DJOKOVIC WINS THE 2011 WIMBLEDON TITLE

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Nadal 4-6 1-6 6-1 3-5 * Djokovic
What the? Rafa chooses a bad time to throw in his first double-fault and an even worse time to fire in a couple of sloppy groundstrokes to gift Djoko three break-points. He saves one, just, with a forehand on to the line but he is out, a long way out on the next. Disaster for Rafa. Total disaster. Novak Djokovic will serve for the Wimbledon title next.
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* Nadal 4-6 1-6 6-1 3-4 Djokovic
I do like Djokovic's occasional charges to the net and they pay off here as he holds to love, quick as you like. He moves to within just two games of the title, but let's not forget who is on the other side of the net. "An excellent game by Djokovic," says Andrew Castle. "That gives him a real platform to try to attack Nadal again in the next game."
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Nadal 4-6 1-6 6-1 3-3 * Djokovic
Nadal throws in a sublime angled backhand winner that bounces away from Djokovic's reach but he is making the odd mistake with that usually reliable forehand. Djokovic is gifted a couple of point but Rafa is landing 80% plus of his first serves in and those numbers are good enough to see him safely hold here.
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Twitter
Schmolik on Twitter: "I don't fancy the Djoker's chances if this goes to a 5th. Has he lost it?"

BBC Radio 5 Live
Annabel Croft on Radio 5 live: "I don't think Djokovic is struggling with fitness. He's just got the tension back in his body. He's not that far away from winning the trophy but it seems a long long away for him at the moment."

* Nadal 4-6 1-6 6-1 2-3 Djokovic
Nadal's battling for everything out there, and claws back to 30-all from 30-0 on the Djoko serve. If the Serb is wobbling at all, then this will be the moment he will show it. His response is rock solid, however, as he draws an error out of Nadal before wrapping the game up with a huge serve.
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Boris Becker
Boris Becker on BBC TV: "Djokovic seems really rattled by losing his last service game."

Nadal 4-6 1-6 6-1 2-2 * Djokovic
Less drama in this game, much less. Rafa holds with relative ease - the first time in this set we haven't seen break-points. A chance to catch our breath, then.
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From Luke in London, via text: "I'm torn. I want it to go to 5 sets, but I want Djokovic to win and I'm worried the two aren't compatible. I don't know what to hope for in this set."

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SamBurleton on Twitter: "More pace and power behind Nadals forehand. His face and mannerisms are focused and driven. Game On."

* Nadal 4-6 1-6 6-1 1-2 Djokovic
So luck doesn't play a part in tennis? Someone tell that to Novak Djokovic. He's facing a break-back point after a (expected) fierce response by Rafa, and comes up with trumps with a crashing serve... or so everyone thinks. Rafa gets something on his return and the ball somehow creeps over the net after looking like it was going to land below the net-cord. It drops dead too. Nadal holds up a hand in apology but he won't mean it... the important thing is that we are back on serve in this fourth set.
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sa9321 on Twitter: "Djokovic breaks to start the 4th! So critical. Stronger again. Nadal almost needs a miracle from here..."

Nadal 4-6 1-6 6-1 0-2 * Djokovic
Djoko on the ropes? Don't you believe a word of it. He comes into put away a wonderful stooping volley to move to 15-40, and two break-points. He only needs one of them, because that wonderful looping forehand is back, whipping up at Rafa on the baseline like a bucking bronco and forcing him to flop his reply into the net.
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Boris Becker
Boris Becker on BBC TV: "That was psychologically a huge game for Djokovic, he wouldn't want to be a break down again against Nadal. He won't want to go to five sets against Nadal - nobody wants to."

* Nadal 4-6 1-6 6-1 0-1 Djokovic
The Centre Court crowd are getting behind Rafa more and more now too, responding to his fightback and yelling with delight when Djokovic can only net a volley from a ferocious Nadal backhand. That leaves Djoko 15-30 down but he is given a bit of breathing space when Rafa shanks a forehand on the next point. The respite doesn't last long, though, because a huge Nadal forehand brings him to break-point yet again, this time saved with a smash. "Djokovic is getting anxious here," says Tim Henman... and so is everybody else, especially when a Nadal return is called marginally long. Djoko thought it was in too, but Hawk Eye says otherwise. Novak holds, by the skin of his teeth.
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BBC Sport's James Pearce on Twitter: "Crowd on the hill really getting behind Nadal now. They want to see this go to five sets."

Tim Henman
Tim Henman on BBC TV: "Djokovic has played 18 five-set matches and only on one occasion has he lost from when he was up two sets to love - in the 2010 French Open quarter-finals against Jurgen Melzer so he certainly knows that he has got to knuckle down after losing that third set very quickly."

THIRD SET

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Nadal 4-6 1-6 6-1 0-0 * Djokovic
Zero resistance put up by Djoko in this game - he clearly wants this set over and done with pronto. He gets his wish when Rafa comes in to put away a volley to hold to love and take the third set. Where will this match take us next folks? The next couple of games might give us a clue or two on where Novak's head is right now. Rafa will be just thinking one thing: that he is going to win.
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* Nadal 4-6 1-6 5-1 Djokovic
Djoko was creaming his forehands not so long ago, but the unforced errors are adding up on that flank all of a sudden now. Another one loops wide and that is two more break-points. He saves the first with a drop-shot then easy put-away, and a big serve gets him back to deuce. Panic over? Nope, because he is getting out-gunned from the baseline now too, finding the net after a lengthy rally. That's a third break-point, and he compounds this mini-slump with his first double-fault of the match. Ouch. Rafa to serve for the third set next.
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Boris Becker
Boris Becker on BBC TV: "Overall I must say this final hasn't lived up to its billing - one against two. But all can change if Nadal is able to win the third set."

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HenryWhitfield on Twitter: "Nadal may be making a charge here, but he's still down two sets and Novak won't roll over like Murray did. Match very much on."



Nadal 4-6 1-6 4-1 * Djokovic
Rafa finding serving a lot easier now, because those Djoko forehands are not coming back at him with quite so much venom on them. He holds with ease, but that is probably because Djokovic is keeping his powder dry for another offensive in the fourth set.
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* Nadal 4-6 1-6 3-1 Djokovic
"Ten minutes ago we thought Djokovic was invincible," says Boris Becker, as Rafa attacks the Novak serve. Is Nadal going to sweep through this second set? Well, no. But if you doubted that Rafa was up for the fight then the last point of the game proves he is not going to go quietly: he chased down at least three lost-causes and even tried a hot-dog, which landed out.
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Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "1927 is the last time someone came from 2 sets to 0 down to win here."

Tim Henman
Tim Henman on BBC TV: "It's incredible the intensity that Rafa's able to play with point in, point out. He needed it at the start of the third set as he has been completely dominated but he has put that behind him and made the best possible start to the set."

Nadal 4-6 1-6 3-0 * Djokovic
Djoko's been causing Rafa problems in pretty much every one of his service games for the last set-and-a-half but not here. Rafa holds to love and he looks a little bit happier as he marches to his chair and takes a swig of water at the changeover. Not much happier, admittedly. But at least he has a foothold in this set.
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* Nadal 4-6 1-6 2-0 Djokovic
A first glimpse of salvation for Rafa as he gets to 0-30 for the first time on the Djoko serve today. Djoko responds with a couple of punishing swerves that Rafa gets a racquet to, but no more. Chance over? No. After an epic exchange, the Serbian fires a forehand into the tramlines. This is Nadal's first break-point of the match and he takes it when Novak dumps a backhand into the net. That's got Rafa moving, shaking and yelling again, and his ladyfriends in his box and a lot of the crowd too. The comeback starts here? We are about to find out.
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From anon, via text: "This is amazing stuff, most expected a Nadal win with ease, some hoped for an epic five-setter, instead we've been treated to the overlooked option, a Djokovic walkover. Can't see Nadal coming back from this, if he was going to he would have done so by now."

Nadal 4-6 1-6 1-0 * Djokovic
"Novak is human and this is first Wimbledon final," says Boris Becker. "There will come a point when he does not play so good." Hmmm, I think we need to check he actually is human on this performance so far. He's been more like a tennis machine. Rafa, being Rafa, is not about to crumble and he rushes to 40-0. That Djoko forehand keeps coming up trumps, though, and he is soon back in with a sniff at 40-30 before Nadal finally sees it out with a big serve.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: "Nadal is not being allowed to breathe. He's trying different things but every time he hits the ball it's coming right back at him and twice as fast. None of his plans are working. He'll need to move on to plan C, D or even E."

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Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan on Twitter: "Novak is Nadal's daddy!!"

SECOND SET

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* Nadal 4-6 1-6 0-0 Djokovic
Er, one word: Wow. No stopping Djokovic at the moment. Not even two Rafael Nadals could live with him right now - he fires down another forehand winner, making it 22 in all so far, and wraps up the set to love.
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Nadal 4-6 1-5 * Djokovic
How well is Djoko playing right now? Try out of this world. He heaps more pressure on the Rafa serve, moving to another break-point with a brilliant lob followed by fizzing winner. "He's got Rafa on a string at the moment," says Tim Henman. More of the same on the next point too, when he fires down an angled looping forehand that, briefly, leaves Nadal standing. He gets there, but his return lands out. Djokovic will serve for the second set next.
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From Henry from Bagshot, via text: "Nadal's forehand on the run is a weakness and Djokovic is exposing it."

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simonfallaha on Twitter: "I am finding myself beginning to cheer for Djokovic. Maybe because he's never won it?"

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martin_ltfc on Twitter: "Djokovic is just not missing at the moment. Nadal not at his best yet though, this is by no means over."

* Nadal 4-6 1-4 Djokovic
Any way in for Nadal on the Djoko serve? Nope. Not today senor. He picks up one point with an improvised flicked backhand winner straight off your local squash court but Djoko is still producing those rasping forehand winners, and still finding the corners. He is still marching towards a two-set lead too. The sun is back out, but it is only shining on one player at the moment.
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Nadal 4-6 1-3 * Djokovic
"If Rafa is broken again here, he can forget about the second set," says Tim Henman. He isn't... but he isn't exactly convincing either. Djoko should gobble up a smash at 30-15 but puts it wide and Rafa is grateful, very grateful, to see the ball clip the net-cord and fly away from Djokovic's racquet on the next point. These are worrying times for the top seed.
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rahulgolcha on Twitter: "Dare I say it? Nole has been toying with Nadal for the past 5 games!"

Boris Becker
Boris Becker on BBC TV: "It's a pretty amazing story, Djokovic is playing the way he has been playing all year. Shows that winning breeds winning."

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Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: "Can't see Nadal losing but would love Djokovic to win this...."

* Nadal 4-6 0-3 Djokovic
Rafa gives everything he's got to get back on terms here but he is dumped on his backside after being pushed out wide at 15-15. "This is a huge time in the match. Nadal is trying to stop this train which is running against him," says Boris Becker. Djoko keeps getting better and better too, and Nadal's big shots from the baseline are all coming back at him with interest. Djoko nails a crunching backhand and he has breathing space in this second set, after winning his fifth game in a row.
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Nadal 4-6 0-2 * Djokovic
Rafa made a total of seven unforced errors in four sets in his semi-final against Andy Murray but he is already up to eight here after another sloppy forehand. Djoko, in contrast, cannot miss, with another crashing winner putting him at 15-30. What's wrong with Rafa? What's right with him? He dumps another groundstroke into the net after Djoko turns defence into attack from the baseline. That's two more break-points. Rafa thinks he has saved one with a delicate drop-shot but Djoko not only gets there but puts it away, brilliantly. He's on fire right now. The crowd go crazy and so does Novak, who is bouncing round the court beating his chest in celebration. The champ is on the ropes.
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* Nadal 4-6 0-1 Djokovic
A long, long way still to go for Djoko, though, especially when a net-cord helps Rafa go to 0-30. From there, though, the Spaniard struggles to find the court, hitting a couple of forehands and what should have been a put-away smash wide or long. Djoko holds out, but this is probably a sign of what is to come on his serve.
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Twitter
twitlaz09 on Twitter: "Silly billy Rafa! He should come out angry like against Murray."

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Padster77 on Twitter: "Good first set by Djokovic, settled very well. Nedds to maintain that now."

BBC Radio 5 Live
David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live: "It's an amazing turnaround. That was back-to-back forehand errors from Nadal which is incredible. We really have game on now because Nadal has to really come out."

Boris Becker
Boris Becker on BBC TV: "That's the reason Djokovic has been winning these last four meetings with Nadal - he can go head-to-head with him from the baseline. But we all know it takes a lot more than winning that first set against Nadal to win the match."

FIRST SET

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Nadal 4-6 0-0 * Djokovic
Two crashing serves get Rafa off to a decent start but Djoko's forehand is firing too. He crunches a couple of winners, including an absolute sizzler down the line and at 30-all this is a real chance to nick the set. Can he do it? Maybe, because Rafa has just dumped a forehand into the net. That's our first break-point of the match and Djokovic's first set-point. The crowd scream, then hold their breath. What next? Drama, that's what. Nadal nets his first serve and then sees a forehand fly wide off the second. He shakes his head in disbelief because in the blink of an eye the first set has slipped away from him. Djokovic, clenching his fist, heads for his chair.
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* Nadal 4-5 Djokovic
Djoko's doing very well when he comes into the net, putting away some subtle shots that not even Rafa's quick feet can reach. His serve is still ticking over nicely too, with his third ace swinging away from Rafa to wrap up the game. Nadal, briefly thinks about a challenge but settles for glaring at the ball, then the line as if they have both betrayed him. Nadal to serve to stay in the first set next.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live: "I can see the Nadal box and it's been as calm as you like. The Djokovic box has been up and down like a jack in the box. His dad has left and come back in but the match is now building nicely. When Nadal was hitting his big forehands early on, Djokovic was struggling with nerves but he has settled and both guys look comfortable. I think this match will just go from strength to strength."

Nadal 4-4 * Djokovic
Hold the back page, because Rafa has missed another forehand. It doesn't matter too much, though, because he is already 40-15 up. Djoko briefly looks like he is on top in the next rally too but then spoils it all with a messy attempt at a drop-shot that flops into the net. We might see more of that shot later, but he will have do a lot better with it next time.
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AvelingArtworks on Twitter: "On serve. Very hard to call in the early stages. This is one of Djokovic's best impersonations of Nadal yet!"

* Nadal 3-4 Djokovic
These two are trading punches from the back of the court and it's all pretty even at the moment, although the crowd still seem to be mostly behind Nadal. "Rafa, you're a genius," shouts one fan. Servers are definitely on top right now, with Djoko holding with an ace this time.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: "You have to get Nadal out wide to beat him. You can get some free points if you serve like that. But Djokovic has settled down now well. Annabel Croft says: "This will be a brutal tennis match and it will be a battle in strength of minds. Every match between these two are intense and it's all about who can execute their shots."

Nadal 3-3 * Djokovic
Djoko slides across the baseline and is at full-stretch for a backhand that flops into the net. "Don't try that at home," advises Boris Becker, clearly fearing some horrific accidents in living rooms across Britain. "It's a risky shot and you could get injured." At 30-all, this is still the Serbian's best effort on the Nadal serve but that is as good as it gets, with two big deliveries, including another ace levelling up the first set again. Who is going to crack first?
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Formula One driver Heikki Kovalainen on Twitter: "Nadal going to win today, Djokovic grunting too much, should save energy hitting the ball."

* Nadal 2-3 Djokovic
a nicely worked point puts Djoko in control as he follows in a drive volley to smoothly put away a Nadal forehand, and that combo has got his coach Marian Vajda and brothers Djordje and Marko on their feet in his box. He seems to be settling down a bit now too, holding to love this time... which is a good deal more comfortable than his first two service games.
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Nadal 2-2 * Djokovic
Nadal still rock solid on serve so far. He bangs down his first ace of the match on his way to holding to love. Djokovic is going to wait a bit longer for his chance here.
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martin_ltfc on Twitter: "Nice start so far, gonna stick my neck out and say Djokovic to win in 5."

* Nadal 1-2 Djokovic
Another early sniff for Rafa as a Djko passing backhand flies wide to make it 30-all. "Nadal is by far the more aggressive in these early games," says Boris Becker. "Djokovic is just a bit too passive for me," The Serbian escapes again, though, with Rafa hitting long after an intense baseline rally then flopping a forehand into the net. A fair bit of pressure being put on the second seed already though. Now he knows how Andy Murray felt.
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Bickers92 on Twitter: "Just noticed Nadal is wearing a watch while playing. That's probably because he has to be somewhere else by four."

Nadal 1-1 * Djokovic
Is Rafa in a rush? He is not hanging about in his service game either, racing to 40-0 thanks to a couple of unreturnable serves and a mis-hit from Djoko. The top seed does mis-fire with an attempted backhand winner next but he is into the net to wrap up the easiest of opening holds.
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domcovkid on Twitter: "Looking at the bandage on Novak's left knee. Have a feeling this may come into play if we have 5th set."

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Graeme McDowell on Centre Court on Twitter: "Been ousted to the cheap seats today. No Royal box with @McIlroyRory. Current US open champs only!! Great to be here though."

* Nadal 0-1 Djokovic
Nadal sprints out to the baseline, to a great reception, and is quickly into his stride too, hitting a first 95mph forehand winner down the line to go 15-all and a second to go 15-30. A first ace restores parity for Djoko, and he holds when the champ nets one forehand and then shanks another long. A pretty lively start, though. Did you expect anything else?
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BBC Radio 5 Live
John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: "We were starting to worry about Nadal at the French Open. Then he wins the French without playing well and if he wins today he will have done the hardest thing of all." On the Spaniard's injuries: "Everybody goes into these matches with little niggles. Once you set foot on the court there are no excuses."

1414: Here we go then. Djokovic to serve first. Excited? Yep, me too...

1412: All eyes now on the two men in the middle of Centre Court now, as they fire down a few last serves in their warm-up. I saw Rafa practicing earlier, and his power is frightening close up. Djokovic will get a good view from the other side of the net.

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robbieat on Twitter: "Nadal to win in 5 sets. Novak then whinging that 3 weeks ago he broke his toe and hasn't been right since. Seems the done thing these days!"

Pat Cash's prediction: "I'm going to say Rafa. One of the big things is his willingness to come forward and volley, Novak has been very reluctant to come forward and unless he changes his plan I think he will lose."

1405: Twelve-year-old George Griffiths from Richmond has just performed the coin-toss. Djokovic calls heads... but it's tails. Rafa chooses to receive, and the pair of them begin their warm-up.

1402: Here they come. Novak Djokovic leads Rafael Nadal out on to a packed Centre Court to a standing ovation. A few final preparations and they will be good to go.

1401: A quick reminder that this year is the first time ever that the Wimbledon final is available to watch in 3D. If you are watching it wearing a pair of those natty specs, then please let us know what you think.

1400: Our first sight of the players, as they begin the long walk from the locker room to the Centre Court. One of them will make the return journey as 2011 Wimbledon champion.

1359: A crucial part of those stats, though, is that the Serbian has never beaten Nadal in a Grand Slam match and, as Andy Murray found out on Friday, it is difficult to match the top seed's intensity in a best-of-five set match rather than best of three. "Physically we all know he is superior and he is the strongest player around, the most prepared," said Djokovic. "I'm ready for long rallies, long points. I need to be physically ready, which I am." He'd better be...

Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash on BBC One: "It's a big ask for Novak. He's got number one tomorrow which is for an absolutely phenomenal performance. I thought he was going to slide down the rankings but he has improved his game by a good 10 per cent and that at this level is a huge amount, they are the number one and two players in the world and deserve to be out there."

1355: Win or lose today, Djokovic, who is in his first Wimbledon final, will take over from Nadal, contesting his fifth, as top man when the new ATP rankings come out on Monday. Has he got a chance of victory? Yes. He trails 16-11 in previous meetings but he has won all four of their matches this year.

1351: Hello. The sun has gone in but this is still a perfect day for tennis. Pretty much the perfect match in store too, with the defending Wimbledon champion up against the new world number one. Ready? Give this page a manual refresh and we will begin...

By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

1347: Right, I'm going to leave you in the capable and now, post-lunch, empty hands of Chris Bevan for game-by-game coverage of Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic. I will tweet away throughout the final and there will be all manner of reaction to this match and Wimbledon as a whole on the BBC Sport website tonight and tomorrow. Although you should really all be doing some work. Eyes down for a five-set thriller?

John McEnroe
1342: "I'm picking Nadal in five but I'd like to see Novak win this, I think it'd be great for the game," says John McEnroe on BBC One. The general feeling seems to be Rafa in four or five.

1340: Just to answer the queries about the ranking situation, it's worked out on a rolling 52-week system, so tomorrow morning the points from last year's Wimbledon will disappear and this year's added. Nadal won the title last year so can only maintain the same total, Djokovic has improved on last year's semi-final run and so adds points. As Andy Murray said the other day, if you lose one match between January and July, you deserve to be number one.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1334: Two of Djokovic's former coaches have been on 5 live. Todd Martin: "Novak has a very clear idea of playing Rafa by playing very aggressively and not giving him a chance to dictate. It is the best way of playing and he is the one player who has had an answer to Nadal over several years. He is next to Nadal as the most physical guy out there. He's not full of muscle like his opponent but he has better balance and his biggest weapon is that he can hurt Nadal with his backhand and forehand." Mark Woodforde: "It's a dream final and Djokovic is the one player to have an answer against Nadal. He has repositioned himself closer to the baseline and that has cut down the reaction time to playing Nadal's shots."

1331: Boris Becker - "good friends with Wladimir Klitschko" - is out on Centre Court and does some world-class lip-biting when Sue tells him about David Haye's broken toe.

Twitter
BBC Sport's Nick Hope on Twitter: "Amazing comeback by number 1 seeds Vergeer & Walraven in the women's wheelchair doubles. Trailed 5-2 in the decider & won 7-5! #BBCtennis"

John McEnroe
Tim Henman
1326: If you're still deliberating over who will win this afternoon, we asked John McEnroe and Tim Henman to compare the two men's games. Henman on Nadal: "What always impresses me is how well he plays with room for such a small margin of error. It seems relatively low-risk tennis but his serve is very effective being a leftie, and thanks to that it gives him the chance to dominate with his forehand." McEnroe on Djokovic: "He cleared up his fitness issues and is now fitter than ever. His defensive skills are unbelievable and he moves great. The serve is maybe the biggest thing - he has straightened it out as he had been having problems with that for about a year and a half."

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From Qaz in Swansea via text: "Surely novak has to win for the rankings to not take more critism. If rafa wins but still moves down to No.2 it won't look good for ATP will it?"

1317: I think I just heard Bjorn Borg say that if Roger Federer doesn't win a Grand Slam next year then he will probably retire in 2013. Not sure Rog would agree with that, but I'm not getting in between two legends. All interesting stuff.

1314: There is tennis under way out there, with the wheelchair ladies' doubles final reaching its climax on Court 12 and the girls' singles final getting going between Australian Ashleigh Barty and Irina Khromacheva of Russia on Court One. Barty could make it an Aussie double after Luke Saville's win yesterday. Nice for them.

Twitter
Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Have a gut feeling for no other reason that Rafa's 5 straight finals here and being the better player this fortnight; Rafa in 4 tight sets."

Sue Barker
1307: There she is, Sue Barker, fresh from her latest meeting with Hacker The Dog (who appears to have undergone a voice transplant in the last 12 months), is out on Centre Court with John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. We are live on BBC One, the Red Button, online and 5live.

Bjorn Borg
BBC Radio 5 Live
Bjorn Borg on 5 live: "It's going to be a hell of a final. These two players are playing unbelievable tennis. Djokovic is looking good, fit, strong and confident. I think it will be a long, long match and I'm going for Nadal because he's been there before. It's all about pressure and a dream to win Wimbledon - maybe its Djokovic's biggest dream, but Rafa's won before and he'll want to win again."

1259: I don't know about you, but if I don't find out who Robbie Savage thinks will win this afternoon then my heart might just burst. Fortunately, we caught up with Robbie and numerous other tennis, er, experts to get their predictions. And don't worry, Jeff Tarango is in there.

Novak Djokovic
1254: "Special, wonderful, amazing - there aren't enough superlatives to describe how this year has been for him, and for us as his team," Novak Djokovic's coach Marian Vajda told BBC Sport. "It shows we're doing a good job and we should celebrate and admire what has happened. Since I started working with him in 2006 this has been his goal."

Rafael Nadal
BBC Radio 5 Live
1250: Garry Richardson has been talking to Rafael Nadal on 5live's Sportsweek about the importance of being a sporting player: "That's a normal thing, it's part of the game. I am too shy to do something wrong and then have to watch myself doing something wrong on the TV later. If I feel one ball the line judge says out and the ball is good, especially on clay, you have the mark there, and if I see the mark good then I cannot say it is out." And on remaining down to earth, Nadal said: "I am from a small village in Majorca and I have a completely normal life, going to the supermarket and cinema, and here I try to do the same so I don't feel like I'm someone different."

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From AP via text: "If anyone thinks this is going to be an easy match for either they are in cloud cuckoo land!!! This has the potential to be as closer match throughout the 5 sets than the 2008 ever was!!! Djokovic will be looking to avoid a repeat of the US OPEN FINAL and RAFA all the ATP finals this year!!! The excitement is unbearable!!!"

From Susan in Glasgow via text: "Nadal 2 win, but it will b a fair fight so probably a long one, good times."

Twitter
Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson on Twitter: "Nostradicmus on reasonable form this fortnight. Think today will be repeat of U.S Open final, Rafa wins in 4."

1241: I laboured past Toni Nadal on my way to the station in the unsual (for Toni) surroundings of Wimbledon town centre last night, away from the safety of the village. No idea what he was doing down there, maybe attracted by Britain's enviable Saturday night town-centre experience. Anyway, he survived the ordeal because he's just been out on Court 15 watching his nephew go through the usual punishing practice routine, this time with British junior Liam Broady. Over on Court 16, Djokovic was looking similarly match sharp.

Twitter
Judy Murray on Twitter: "Bumped in2 Marjan Vajda (Djokos coach) chilling at table outside Costas in Wimb village. Told me he ran 45 mins on Common to stay calm! Told him if I go for a run, I take the car....:)"

Boris Becker
1231: Great news everyone, I can confirm that Boris Becker has made it safely back from the boxing in Hamburg and is preparing something rather special for the start of BBC One coverage at 1305 BST. If it is as described to me, I suggest you tune in. Rory McIlroy and Jenson Button are in the house, while Bjorn Borg, Pat Cash, John McEnroe are lined up for some chat.

1224: So, Nadal v Djokovic, Djokovic v Nadal. Rafa is the defending champion, unbeaten here in 20 matches since 2007 and until recently the undisputed heavyweight champion of the tennis world. But then came Nole version .11, a winning machine who racked up 41 straight wins and seven titles from the start of the year. Defeat by Roger Federer in the French Open semis was a tough one to take, but the 24-year-old Serbian has recovered to reach his first Wimbledon final - and guarantee himself the world number one ranking for the first time tomorrow. Nadal leads the head-to-head 16-11 and 5-0 in Grand Slams, but Djokovic has won the last four in a row - all in finals. Matches like this don't come along too often.

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From Thomas Gilpin, St. Alban's, via text: "Nadal is deffo gonna win in 3 sets! I met Raffy back in the day at ping pong class and he was off the chain!"
I have no idea either.

The sun is out
1216: More weather news, this time from the good old Voice of Wimbledon, who is on rare form. "It's with great delight that I can say... wait for it…. There is no chance of rain today. It will be warm and dry." What a way to sign off.

Twitter
jarletheaton via Twitter: "Nole will continue his run against Rafa and prove he is rightly the new number one. Nole in 4 or 5. #bbctennis"

shenal7 via Twitter: "Work on a Sunday...no #wimbledon bad times...but #bbctennis will pull me through...:)"

The sun is out
1209: The official weather forecast is in and we're looking good: "During the afternoon there is a fair chance that cloud will tend to thin and break again, to perhaps allow increasing amounts of sunshine as the tournament draws to a close." Roof schmoof.

1205: Plenty to come as we build up to the big match at 1400 BST, but above all I'd like someone to tell me who is going to win and how, so tweet, text or convey your predictions to me through the sheer power of your thoughts. I've already asked Dirk from Dutch radio next door. Long pause..... "Well...... I cannot say. It's....... unpredictable." Everyone needs a Dirk in their life.

1200: Afternoon all, feeling pumped? We're two hours away from the true sporting heavyweight contest of the weekend, maybe the year, as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic finally go toe-to-toe (sorry David) in a Grand Slam final. And not just any Grand Slam final. As Novak said yesterday: "It's Wimbledon. It's simply something I've dreamed of forever."


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