Rafael Nadal level above Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon – Tim Henman EXCLUSIVE


Nadal’s dominance on clay is well documented, having won his 12th French Open just last month.

But it’s at Wimbledon where he has also established himself as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

He burst onto the scene in 2006, Roger Federer who was gunning for his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title.

The famous rivalry began as Nadal and Federer went toe-to-toe in the following three Wimbledon finals, with the Spaniard finally getting his breakthrough in 2008.

A second followed in 2010 but in the years that followed, results were hard to come by for Nadal at SW19.

He went five consecutive years of being knocked out in the early rounds, suffering surprise defeats to the likes of Lukas Rosol and Steve Darcis.

The 33-year-old returned to prominence last year, agonisingly losing to Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller at the semi-final stage.

And the 18-time Grand Slam champion has looked even better in this year’s tournament, cutting through his tough side of the draw barely breaking a sweat.

A potential semi-final mega clash against Federer awaits – 11 years after they last met at Wimbledon.

First, he must get past Sam Querrey in their quarter-final clash later today.

Both Federer and Djokovic have also looked in dominant form through their opening matches.

But Henman, a four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist, believes Nadal is the man to beat this week.

“Nadal made five consecutive finals at Wimbledon in the events that he played so he’s one of the best grass court players out there,” he told Express Sport.

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