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Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: Tim Henman makes extraordinary Wimbledon prediction

ROGER FEDERER will face Rafael Nadal in the final of Wimbledon this year - unless an opponent puts in an “extraordinary” performance against them.

That is the opinion of BBC Sport tennis commentator and former British No 1 Tim Henman.

Federer and Nadal are on course to face each other in the final for the first time since 2008.

Roger Federer eased through to the quarter-finals today, beating Adrian Mannarino in under two hours on Centre Court.

Nadal was also the heavy favourite heading into his last-16 clash against Jiri Vesely.

And Henman believes it would take a “freak” performance to prevent the world’s top two players facing off at SW19 in the final on Sunday.

“He looked so solid, he was so solid coming through the first week and he’s continued that in the fourth round beating Mannarino in straight sets,” Henman said of Federer.

Henman expects Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to be going head-to-head this Sunday


“You look at the top two, Federer and Nadal, it really is going to take something extraordinary to beat them.

“When I say extraordinary, it’s going to be someone like (John) Isner, (Milos) Raonic or (Kevin) Anderson, who just serve 40, 50, 60 aces to beat them.

“I just don’t see them losing to a conventional player. Someone that obviously plays well, good serve, solid from the back of the court, that’s just not going to get it done.

“I think their level is just so high that it will take one of them almost freak players to beat them.

“Otherwise we’re going to be in a repeat of the 2008 final when Federer played Rafael Nadal.”

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