If at any point a match has been unduly dominated, it’s the 2007 Wimbledon men’s last. When it was finished, it was the most noteworthy quality match that had ever been played—until the world saw Nadal and Federer play on a similar court a year later.
In any case, for this situation, second best is still entirely astounding. In some ways, this match spoke to both the pinnacle of their contention, and the pinnacle of Federer’s rule over the tennis world. In 2006, Rafa and Roger split the French Open and Wimbledon finals, and in 2008, Nadal tilted the adjust toward him when he beat Federer in them two. Yet, in ’07, while Nadal was surrounding his position of authority, Federer remained the lord. This match gave him his fifth straight Wimbledon title, however it was likewise the first run through amid that 35-coordinate stretch that he had been pushed to five sets.
A celebratory handshake at the net said everything. The two had quite recently created a grass court great, and everyone on Center Court, the soldiers notwithstanding, knew it. They had released a torrential slide of passing shots and finger-licking contact volleys and drop shots for almost four hours in a row.
In the courtside interview with Sue Barker Nadal got a laugh out of the English crowd.
“Well anyway, I lose today!”.
Federer however made more of a prophetic statement than he’d have liked to:
“I’m happy with every title I get before he takes them all!”
Roger Federer def. Rafael Nadal 7–6(9–7), 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 6–2
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