Could Nadal Dominate Wimbledon?

Stage may be set for clay-court wizard to win on grass ... finally
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2008 10:41 AM CDT
Rafael Nadal's success at the grass-court Queen's Club championships puts him in a favored spot to grab his first Wimbledon title.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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(Newser) – Rafael Nadal has long since proven his skill on clay, and now the four-time French Open winner appears to have a serious shot at the Wimbledon crown. Rafa was on his game last week at the Queen's Club, beating Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic and proving that he doesn't have to rely on defense to win, the New York Sun reports.

Grass courts improve Nadal's notoriously weak serve, and his surefootedness serves him well on the slippery turf. A diluted field will also benefit the Spaniard, who won't have to face many potential early-round threats. Then again, Roger Federer has won 59 straight matches on grass and the last four Wimbledon titles.