Friday July 4, 2008
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are headed for a third straight showdown in the Wimbledon men's final.
Nadal has beaten Federer in three French Open finals and is a
four time champion of the only Grand Slam event on clay. But grass
is a different story. Federer ran his winning streak on that
surface to 65 matches with a clinical 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 victory over
Marat Safin in the first men's semifinal of the
Championships. They were on court for just an hour and 42 minutes.
Nadal then raced past 94th-ranked Rainer Schuettler 6-1, 7-6, 6-4.
Neither finalist has dropped a set over his first six matches of
Federer will be playing in 16th Grand Slam final on Sunday and
will be trying to break Bjorn Borg's Open era record by capturing his sixth straight title at the All England Club. The only man to win six in a row was Willie Renshaw in the 1880s, and he had to win only one match to defend his titles. Nadal is again trying to become the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win Wimbledon and the French Open in the same year.