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    Wimbledon II: Men's Final Preview

    In the biggest match in CWLand tennis history, it is East vs. West in the final of the The Championships at Wimbledon. In one corner is the eighth seed and East CWLand No. 1 Jefferson Drake who is by far the more credentialed player and a player who has appeared in more PTA Tour finals. In the other corner is a virtual unknown - 23rd seed Heath Davis is a fan favourite, but the casual fan has only been introduced to one of the top ranked doubles players in the world over the past week.

    Both players were gifted straightforward first weeks. Drake was the only player to lose a set and neither player met a seeded opponent. Where they have come into their own, though, has been in the second week. Drake managed to live up to his ironman reputation with five-set wars against the #2 and #3 players in the world. Davis, meanwhile, came from a set down twice to beat top ten players who have had second week experience at Wimbledon.

    For Davis, this final is deserved. After spending most of season I struggling with fitness and weight, he has finally shown his ability after slimming down and increasing his endurance. Despite having appeared in just one PTA Tour singles final, he is no stranger to finals day at Grand Slams with a record of 2-1 in doubles finals.

    Drake, meanwhile, has appeared in nine PTA Tour finals - but this is no doubt his biggest. He too has appeared in a Grand Slam doubles final - against Davis - earlier this season.

    While Davis' serve is no doubt his biggest weapon (he fired down the second most aces of any player this tournament), it would be wrong to suggest that is all he has. He's shown regularly this week some massive groundstrokes to the point that his forehand is arguably his most dangerous weapon.

    Drake, meanwhile, is one of the best baseliners in the world but has shown a prodigious talent at the net. If he manages to draw Davis into longer rallies, there is little doubt he will be in a better position. The great thing about Drake is how aggressively he defends - he has some of the biggest shots in the game and hits it flat. He had troubles against Blanco's top spin on Friday, but he won't have that problem against Davis who hits a ball in a similar manner.

    While the big names are missing from this final, stylistically this is set to be a ripper. The big question is how will Drake recover from his grueling week. He is the five-set king, and we think he will do enough to pick up the victory. Prediction: Jefferson Drake, Wimbledon champion, in five sets.

    WHAT'S AT STAKE -
    Winner: £1,100,000 and 2000 Season II PTA Ranking points
    Runner-up: £550,000 and 1200 Season II PTA Ranking points

    FINALS HISTORY -
    Davis: Appearing in his 2nd PTA World Tour level final............He is 1-0 in finals
    Drake: Appearing in his 10th PTA World Tour level final............He is 6-3 in finals

    HOW THEY GOT HERE -
    Davis: Davis started his fortnight with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 victory over wildcard Jordan Mutch. In the second round he beat Brazilian qualifier Flavio Augusto Martins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. In the third round he beat #77 Randy Bruce 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. In the fourth round he beat #46 Tom Vollan 6-2, 6-4, 7-5. In the quarterfinals he beat #5 Jozsef Boros 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. In the semifinals he beat #10 Dwayne Murdoch 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6(5). SETS: 18-2 (20). GAMES: 120-71 (191). TIEBREAK SETS: 1-1.

    Drake: Drake started his Championships with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 win over #90 Bogdan Maurer. In the second round, he beat #66 Petr Brozik 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-2. In the third round, he beat #115 Valter Cordiero 6-0, 6-2, 6-3. In the fourth round he beat #45 Javier Villaneuva 7-5, 6-2, 6-3. In the quarterfinals he beat #3 Radek Spidla 7-5, 6-7(0), 6-7(3), 6-1, 12-10. In the semifinals he beat #2 Daniel Paez Blanco 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-1. SETS: 18-5 (23). GAMES: 145-92 (237). TIEBREAK SETS: 2-3.

    SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP HEAD 2 HEADS -

    (23) Heath Davis (FRC) vs (8) Jefferson Drake (CDR) Drake leads 2-0
    I Zagreb Hard QF Jefferson Drake 7-5, 6-1
    II Queens Club (London) Grass QF Jefferson Drake 7-5, 6-3
    *II Boodles Challenge (Buckinghamshire) Grass PO Jefferson Drake 5-7, 6-1, [10-3]

    *Exhibition event.

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    It's the final that the crowds didn't know they wanted, but they secretly always wanted.

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    Live sim?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirBloody Idiot View Post
    Live sim?
    I'm off to bed now, but I'm keen at some point when you're able. Else,I'm happy to read whatever you have to write about it!

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    I can't guarantee when I can do it or how long it takes - what's the time difference between here and NZ? Pretty sure it is 8 hours between here and dcye, but not sure.

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    I'll be two more hours than Smitty, so probs 10.

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    It is about half past one here - so 11ish there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirBloody Idiot View Post
    It is about half past one here - so 11ish there?
    Yeah. 10 hours.
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    I'm going to bed within 30 minutes, I have to get up at 5am for work so if you live sim it'd have to be right now for me to see it.

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    The only thing that could have topped this final would have been the world's 2 best doubles players in the final. Despite that, I'll be cheering hard for Davis...
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    The Championships, Wimbledon II
    GRAND SLAM - Sunday (Finals Day) - Wimbledon, United Kingdom - Grass

    • East CWLand's Jefferson Drake has become the first player for either CWLand nation to win a Grand Slam title after a hardfought 6-4, 7-6(5), 7-6(3) win over West CWLand rival Heath Davis. Drake played... [more].


    • Seeded players out: Heath Davis.
    • In the doubles final, fourth seeds Sandro Bachunelli and Hicham Hadir have successfully defended their Wimbledon crown with a four-set win over seventh seeds Tal Cohen and Raz Teper. After dropping two sets in their first round match last week, Bachunelli and Hadir have gone from strength-to-strength as the tournament has progressed. After dominating the first two sets, they had two championship points in the third but fell in a tiebreaker. Despite that, they hit back strongly to secure their second title at the All England Club 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3.


    • Seeded players out: Tal Cohen & Raz Teper.

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    2011 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles
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    Darcy Cowan was the defending champion but lost to Dwayne Murdoch in the fourth round.

    Jefferson Drake won his first Wimbledon title, beating Heath Davis 6-4, 7-6(5), 7-6(3) in the final.





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    2011 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles
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    Sandro Bachunelli and Hicham Hadir, the defending champions, successfully defended their title. They defeated Tal Cohen and Raz Teper in the final.





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    LW	NEW	Player	NEW      
    			Points
    2	1	Blanco	10310
    1	2	Hall	9440
    8	3	Drake	7090
    3	4	Spidla	6655
    4	5	Oxenstierna	6050
    5	6	Boros	5435
    6	7	Olesen	4990
    9	8	Altman	3990
    10	9	Murdoch	3850
    26	10	Davis	3825
    11	11	Daneu	3330
    13	12	Henson R	3305
    7	13	Cowan	3155
    14	14	Hurtado	3025
    18	15	Mustard	2800
    16	16	Micic	2785
    15	17	Brdar	2785
    17	18	Smeltz	2645
    12	19	Varga Z	2570
    20	20	Stewart	2545
    21	21	Zhijun	2520
    19	22	Pascaul	2475
    25	23	Kennedy	2320
    22	24	Charles	2135
    24	25	Amato	1945
    27	26	Carter	1855
    23	27	Moreno J	1805
    29	28	Benaglio	1680
    28	29	Bachunelli A	1640
    31	30	Cohen	1606
    32	31	Joaquin	1465
    33	32	Orlov	1455
    36	33	Maxum	1355
    30	34	Emelio	1275
    37	35	Haas	1220
    34	36	Champion	1189
    35	37	Vollan K	905

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