We’ve been watching a lot of grass court tennis in the last two weeks. Between Wimbledon’s YouTube Channel going round-by-round with a spectacular array of matches and the BBC Rewind programme audiences have been spoiled for choice. These two sacred weeks of summer that we thought we had lost have instead been as enthralling, gripping and sofa bound as always.
Nadal is the ultimate tennis gladiator and the clay is the perfect arena.
For Andy Murray, one needs look no further than the summer of 2012, and the epic double of Wimbledon and the Olympics.
Seven times Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras, then considered to be the greatest grass court player of all time, steps onto Centre Court to face 19-year-old Roger Federer for a place in the quarter finals. Sampras is the defending champion. Federer has never before played on Centre Court.