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Wimbledon 2011: A tale of four finalists

Maria Sharapova – Wimbledon 2009

Two finals. Four finalists.

Two have won Wimbledon before. Two have not.

Three of the four are 25 or nearabouts. The fourth is 21.

The 25-year-olds have 15 majors between them. The fourth has none.

The 24-year-olds have 15 majors between them. The fourth has none.

Three insiders , so to speak. One palpable outsider.

The three champions’s names are B/R keywords. Petra Kvitova’s is not.

The former champions are favourites in their respective match-ups. One more than the other.

Their challengers are similar, yet different.

Novak Djokovic is the World No.1. ATP rankings on Monday will reflect his new status.

For Czech Petra Kvitova, it is her first major final. She reached the semis last year.

The Djoker has a better chance of upsetting the odds and dethroning current champion, Rafael Nadal.

Kvitova, however, can only hope that Maria Sharapova will leave her A-game in the locker room to stand a chance of clinching her first ever major.

Sharapova has not dropped a set in her march to the finals.

Rafael Nadal has not been as dominant but he is yet a formidable force.

Novak Djokovic regained the momentum of his 41 match unbeaten streak.

To lose just once, this year, a loss to Roger Federer in the French Open semi-final takes some doing.

Knocking over the Majorcan in a Wimbledon final will require some more mojo.

If anyone can dismantle the Spaniard, it is the Serb.

An old champion in the women’s draw is predicted; a second Wimbledon title for Maria Sharapova beckons.

The stage is set. Let play commence.

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

Samuel Johnson


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Novak Djokovic discovers his clay legs in Madrid against Nadal

Novak Djokovic playing at the 2008 Rogers Cup

Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 7-5, 6-4 at the Madrid Masters on May 8, 2011.

Was it expected?

Yes and no.

Yes, because Nole is on an unbeaten streak, second only to McEnroe’s 42 in 1984.

No, because it was in Spain, on clay and against Rafael Nadal.

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More Random Shots On The ICC World Cup

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The 10th ICC ODI World Cup features 14 teams. Of these, only six to eight teams have a realistic chance of winning the cup.

Discerning followers of the game have short-listed five teams to lift the trophy—India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and Australia.

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Soderling clinches Paris Masters in style: Heartbreak for Monfils again

PARIS - NOVEMBER 13: Robin Soderling of Sweden in action against Michael Llodra of France in the semi-final during Day Seven of the ATP Masters Series Paris at the Palais Omnisports on November 13, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Soderling takes home the Paris Masters for the first time.

Monfils could not use the momentum of the crowd to make inroads into the Swede’s game.

The first set was an one-sided affair with the tall Nordic breaking twice to take the set 6-1.

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