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07.07.2008 | Tennis

Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal: A Battle of wills that takes the game to new level (telegraph.co.uk)

 

It ended in darkness but the pair of them had given us a blazing, eternal light. No sport, no playwright, has conjured up such magical theatre as those last three games as Rafa finally found his moment and threw himself triumphantly back on to the dew-gathering Wimbledon turf.

 

It was 16 minutes past nine on the clock, four hours 40 minutes of shower interrupted play which had always demanded a finish like this. There had been times in the first three sets when the match had not fully delivered what we all knew these two heroes were capable of. There were even moments when King Roger's head dipped and his racket swished in frustration at the prospect that his reign might be over without truly engaging in a fight. He was engaged now.

 

Leading 7-6 with Rafa serving, he took the first point. As we heard the score called "Love 15" we did the lightning arithmetic and realised that Roger was just three points away from that so coveted sixth title. Just three points, but they are hard to come by in the gathering gloom, with the crowd hushing down and Rafa Nadal going through to hold serve at the other end.

 

 

 

Nadal-Federer epic the most thrilling of all the Wimbledon finals (ESPN)

 

Sunday's Wimbledon final was one of those times when you call a buddy immediately after the match ends and say, "Did you see that?" Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer battled for nearly five hours, braving the conditions and each other, before the Spaniard finally ended the Swiss's reign at the All England Club. John McEnroe, a three-time Wimbledon champ, proclaimed it was the best tennis tussle he had ever seen.

 

 

 

Nadal ends Federer's reign (San Jose Mercury News)

 

No man had beaten Roger Federer at Wimbledon since 2002. But in near darkness, one of the greatest tennis matches ever played concluded Sunday with Federer hitting a forehand into the net and with a victorious Rafael Nadal flat on his back with camera flashes illuminating his drained and delighted face.

 

Nadal had come the closest to beating Federer, in last year's final, pushing his friendly rival to five sets before ending up in tears in the locker room as Federer equaled Bjorn Borg's modern men's record with his fifth straight victory.

 

Last year's emotional tussle immediately took its place among the best Wimbledon finals, but this five-set classic - played on a rainy, gusty day - was better yet. At 4 hours, 48 minutes, it was the longest singles final in Wimbledon's 131-year history and did not finish until 9:15 p.m. local time.

 

 

 

Federer stunned by final defeat (EatSleepSport)

 

Roger Federer admitted to being very disappointed at his first Wimbledon final defeat but felt his opponent Rafa Nadal deserved to win. The 26-year-old looked set to be heading for a humiliating defeat when he found himself two sets down (6-4 6-4) on Centre Court on Sunday. However Federer fought back to win the next two (7-6 7-6) and took the match into a fifth and deciding set which the Spaniard won 9-7 in near darkness to end the Swiss star's hopes of a sixth successive men's singles crown at SW19.

 

"I'm happy we lived up to expectations, but right now it's not much of a good feeling," he said.

 

"It's not a whole lot of fun, but that's the way it is. I can only congratulate Rafa for a great effort."

 

 

 

Nadal the king of clay turns grass master in Wimbledon's all-time epic (The Guardian)

 

As Rafael Nadal came out for the start of what was to be the most dramatic and tense men's Wimbledon final yesterday he shook hands with Manuel Santana, who in 1966 had become the first Spaniard to win the men's title here. After two sets it appeared that Nadal, the runner-up to Roger Federer for the past two years, had done enough to earn his own place in tennis history. That was to ignore the brilliance and resolve of Federer, the champion since 2003 and a man who gathers a cloak of invincibility around his shoulders once he passes through the gates of the All England Club.

 

He looked down and out, a man haunted by the memories of his straight-sets thrashing by Nadal in last month's French Open final when the Swiss world No1 managed only four games against the world No2, the King of Clay. He had never been in this situation before on Centre Court since he became champion five years ago. Federer stared into the abyss and then, as champions do, went about turning the match his way. He clawed one set back, then another, saving three match points out of four in total in the process.

 

There were two rain interruptions, one of more than hour, the second of less than half an hour, but the pulse of the match was unrelentingly. It might have gone either way in the fifth. Finally, in what remained of the light at a quarter past nine, Nadal triumphed 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7, the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon back to back.

 

 

 

Wimbledon greatest match ever (San Francisco Chronicle)

 

There will never be another scene quite like it, or another match, for that matter. Wimbledon closed down a 132-year era Sunday night with the greatest tennis match ever played.

 

That's not just The Chronicle's opinion, but the measured view of Bud Collins and a half-dozen of the most experienced tennis writers in the world, all of them in a state of stunned admiration as they sat down to address their keyboards. They held fast to the John McEnroe-Bjorn Borg legend for 28 years, and hated to give it up, but Rafael Nadal's 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7 victory over Roger Federer set the standard of brilliance.

 
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07/13/2008 | 03:43 PM
hi roger
i waz really shocked last sunday but 4 me u r a a winner and alvz be
u take care and hope for the best
07/13/2008 | 01:35 PM
I WAS VERY SAD THAT YOU LOST BUT I KNOW THAT THIS WAS IN NO WAY NORMAL FOR YOU TO LOSE
07/13/2008 | 05:20 AM
I can only congratulate Roger and Rafa again on a fantastic match, which today I finally have the courage to watch again.
It was not the result I wanted, but I was so proud of Roger, yet so sad for him.
Roger, I hope you are starting to feel a bit bette
07/13/2008 | 04:32 AM
no matter what the result is..pls remember that you are the best player in the world!! although you lost the game,YOU ARE STILL THE BEST !!!the fighting spirit is so good that when you was down for 2 set games!!!
07/13/2008 | 02:23 AM
hola roger, hi roger, i from colombia and i want to say you that you are the best person that my eyes can see you dont worry for that just think that you have the heart the all your fans and how player this most incrible trofe that one player to have. you
07/12/2008 | 10:03 PM
ROGER FEDERER ERES LO MEJOR Q LE HA PODIDO PASAR AL TENIS Y AL DEPORTE MUNDIAL !!!!!!!
07/12/2008 | 09:38 PM
Well, Roger you're still the BEST and no.1! my family was sad and in bad mood for that Sunday Wimby epic... never mind, you tried your best and really a BRAVE tennis man. I read in one of the tabloid that a book is coming out re: your exciting Wimbledo
07/12/2008 | 09:15 PM
Roger
u will still the king but ..... Nadal as u said deserved the epic he played well and he improved then the last 2 years but the year did not end and there r a lot of chances to return the king of this year
07/12/2008 | 07:46 PM
Hi Roger,
i just have to say:
THE LONGEST DAY MUST HAVE AN END.
also i would like to say:
ALL's FISH THAT COMES THE NET.
07/12/2008 | 06:41 PM
Don't be upset, Roger. You are an extraordinary champion that nobody can replace. I am not old enough to discuss the arguable topic that who is the best player in the tennis history. I just want to say I am deeply impressed by your brillance and grace