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Nadal faces Baghdatis test

I promised a friend of mine, Gwitso, that should Rafael Nadal make it to the semi-finals of Wimbledon I would surely create a tennis category on this blog and he has now. My assumption, proved wrong now, was that Nadal was a 'clay court specialist' and therefore he wouldn't make it into the second week of Wimbledon but from what I have seen so far he has played some brilliant tennis and now Marcos Baghdatis stands between him and the final. Whoever wins, it will possibly be a repeat of the one of the two grand slam finals played so far this year with both players having played Federer in the Australian and French Opens.

Baghdatis became the most popular Cypriot here in Melbourne when he reached the final of the Australia Open in January and now he is on the threshold of getting into the Wimbledon final. It should be a good match possibly lasting five sets but I think Nadal will cruise through.

In the other semi-final I expect Roger Federer to reach yet another Wimbledon final. Jonas Bjorkman has done well to reach this stage but I don't expect him to give Federer too much trouble.

From a Zimbabwean and Australian perspective, Cara Black and Rennae Stubbs will fight it out against the Chinese pairing of Zi Yan and Jie Zheng for a place in the Women's doubles final.

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