Nadal at ease as Federer looms

No. 2 seed says the pressure is on three-time defending champion

Wimbledon

July 09, 2006|By DIANE PUCIN | DIANE PUCIN,LOS ANGELES TIMES

WIMBLEDON, England -- Rafael Nadal sat on the dirty carpet of his rented apartment, three blocks away from Wimbledon's Centre Court, 21 hours before he was scheduled for the biggest match of his life against grass court wizard Roger Federer.

Federer, the top seed and three-time defending champion, hasn't lost a set here in two weeks. He has won 47 straight grass court matches. The 24-year-old from Switzerland is picked by nearly everyone, in the locker room here, by the experts everywhere else, to win a fourth straight title and his eighth major overall.

Men's final Today, 9 a.m., chs. 11, 4

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