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Nadal has reached the final each of the past five times he entered Wimbledon, finishing runner-up once to Djokovic and twice to Federer.

“I always loved this place. I always loved this surface,” Nadal said.

He completed a career Grand Slam by winning the Australian Open in 2009 and the U.S. Open in 2010. He has 11 major titles at age 26, and only three men have won more _ Federer (16), Pete Sampras (14) and Roy Emerson (12).

Nadal said plenty of dangerous players lurk in the draw, and he mentioned David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic. But most likely the final will offer a familiar matchup: Nadal against Djokovic, or Nadal against Federer.

Which rivalry carries more historical heft? Nadal declined to guess.

“We’ll see,” he said, “at the end of our careers.”