Wimbledon, Jul 5: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, tennis's glittering top stars, clash in a third successive Wimbledon final on Sunday, July 6, to determine who is the world's best player.
The final will be the sixth time the elegant Swiss and the muscular Spaniard have met in a Grand Slam final, bettering the five played by Mats Wilander and Ivan Lendl, and then Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in the 1980s and 1990s. Federer has won two on the grass of the All England Club in 2006 and 2007; Nadal has claimed three on his beloved Roland Garros clay in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Never have the stakes been higher.
A victory for Federer will make him the first man since the 19th century to win six Wimbledons in a row.
A win for Nadal, on the other hand, will take him alongside Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg as the only man to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same season.
He would also become the first Spanish men's champion since Manuel Santana in 1966.
It's hardly surprising that the 26-year-old Federer and Nadal, just 22, are keen to stress that the pressure is on the other.
"For me, Roger is the best in history," said Nadal who stormed to a fourth successive French Open title a month ago destroying Federer in a brutally one-sided final where the world number one won just four games.