Well that was worth it, wasn’t. Rafael Nadal trumps Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(8), 9-7 in an absolutely epic affair that will go down as one of the greatest matches ever. Wow.
I hate to sound cliché, but in this case everyone wins. Tennis wins. Fans win. Roger wins and of course Rafael Nadal wins as he becomes the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win back-to-back Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and just the second Spaniard to win at SW19 after Manuel Santana in 1966.
Simply amazing. Two rain delays. Match points saved. Ridiculously high quality of play from both. Awesome match.
For Nadal, who the hell knows. I won’t go into his future – I’m still digesting this win! But most players having failed to convert two matchpoints in that fourth set tiebreak would have crumbled against the mighty Fed in such a situation. But Nadal still holds mentally entering the fifth. Full credit to Nadal, he’s the best right now and mentally there’s just no one near him.
For Federer, amazing that he could withstand the barrage and stay on song even in the most dire of circumstances. Down two sets, 3-all and love-40 Fed forged onward, saved the breakpoints and battled till the end. I can’t count the number of big serves the Swiss came up with when his back was against the wall but it’s was a lot.
Incredible stuff all around from two very classy champs who have again given us one for the ages. Thanks guys!
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