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SportRoger-Rafa: Wimbledon's greatest match

11:05  12 july  2019
11:05  12 july  2019 Source:   skysports.com

Roger Federer and the year the Swiss great was 'an easy draw' at Wimbledon

Roger Federer and the year the Swiss great was 'an easy draw' at Wimbledon Roger Federer has not always carried an aura of near-invincibility, and 20 years ago he was considered first-round fodder by Jiri Novak.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet in the Wimbledon men' s semi-finals, 11 years after they played out the greatest match the All England Club has witnessed.

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Roger-Rafa: Wimbledon's greatest match © NetStorage It has been 11 years since Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal met in the classic Wimbledon final of 2008

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet in the Wimbledon men's semi-finals, 11 years after they played out the greatest match the All England Club has witnessed.

It's been 11 years since the legendary 2008 men's singles final and remarkably, the two men - along with Novak Djokovic - are still the dominant forces in the game.

We take a look back at that famous match and how they have dominated, faltered and climbed back to the very top of the men's game, while others around them have wilted.

The build-up

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On 6 July 2008 Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in what many have come to regard as the greatest tennis match of all time. Click continue to acknowledge that you are happy to receive cookies from Wimbledon .com in line with the AELTC Policy.

Roger Federer won his 100th match at Wimbledon , defeating Kei Nishikori in four sets Wednesday.Credit Tim Ireland/Associated Press. Now they are back to the Big Three — all over 30; all jostling to be viewed someday as the greatest of all time; all head and shoulders above their

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Federer had won his fifth Wimbledon title in a row the year before, equalling Bjorn Borg's record, but it hadn't been easy. Nadal had taken a set off the Swiss in the 2006 final, but then pushed him to five in 2007. It was the first time Federer had been taken all the way in six years at Wimbledon, and the last man to do so was Pete Sampras in 2001.

Federer had also won the last two Australian Opens and the last four US Opens, but had been thwarted three times in a row at Roland Garros by Nadal, and there was a sense that the Spaniard was starting to get into Federer's head. The 2008 French Open final had seen Federer, still chasing a first title in Paris to complete a career Grand Slam, mauled 6-1 6-3 6-0.

Nadal had an 11-6 winning record against Federer and the King of Clay had worked out how to adapt his game from red to green. Both men cruised through the previous rounds to set up the inevitable final. Federer hadn't dropped a set and Nadal had lost just one in the second round.

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Rafael Nadal defeats Roger Federer in five sets to win Wimbledon for the first time on Sunday. They don't suffice in summing up the 2008 Wimbledon final, either, the match that spawned a book and a documentary and is largely considered the greatest in tennis history.

The match

Roger-Rafa: Wimbledon's greatest match © NetStorage Federer serves to Nadal during the classic match

The 122nd edition of the Wimbledon Championships would be the final time that Centre Court would be held to the mercy of the weather, and Mother Nature decided to have one last big splash to go out in style. Looking back at the 2008 final almost makes you miss the havoc that rain used to wreak at Wimbledon. Almost.

Initially scheduled to start at 2pm, the match finally got underway 35 minutes late. It didn't take long for Nadal to make his mark as he broke in the third game and saw out the first set 6-4. For the first time in three attempts at Wimbledon, the Spaniard had claimed the opener in the final.

Federer had chances to break back in the final game of the first set that he couldn't take, but wouldn't make that mistake again, racing into a 3-0 lead. Nadal battled hard and found the break back in the seventh and from there Federer wobbled. From a 4-2 lead, he then handed Nadal the second set 6-4.

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This Wimbledon marks the 10th anniversary of one of the most famous matches in tennis history: Rafael Nadal' s victory over Roger Federer in the 2008 final at the All England Club. Not surprisingly, Federer acknowledged that ''it was one of the hardest losses I ever had, no doubt about it.

Roger & Rafa At Wimbledon . Jul112019. ATP Staff. Fans have waited 11 years for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to meet again at Wimbledon , where the two legends seared their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry into memories with the 2008 final, one of the greatest matches ever played.

Roger-Rafa: Wimbledon's greatest match © NetStorage Nadal claimed his first Wimbledon title in 2008

Nadal turned the heat up again, but Federer would not go down. The first nine games went with serve but, shortly before 5pm, with Federer leading 5-4, the heavens opened and the rain came.

Nadal, showing no signs of strain, came straight back out as they continued to take chunks out of each other. The fourth set would go with serve to reach another tie break, which was arguably the greatest played since the 18-16 epic between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe 28 years earlier.

Nadal raced into a 5-2 lead and had two serves to win it. He double-faulted the first before sending a backhand into the net under extreme pressure from Federer. Federer then won the net two points to make it 6-5, but a ball into the tramlines on set point made it 6-6. A long forehand then handed Nadal a first Championship point, but Federer saved it.

Roger-Rafa: Wimbledon's greatest match © NetStorage Federer was finally beaten after five successive Wimbledon titles

Nadal brought up a second match point on his own serve but an incredible Federer backhand pass down the line saved it. Federer then set up another set point with a forehand before a long Nadal return handed the Swiss the tiebreak 10-8.

Britain's Johanna Konta through to Wimbledon quarter-finals

Britain's Johanna Konta through to Wimbledon quarter-finals British number one Johanna Konta is into the Wimbledon quarter-finals after beating former champion Petra Kvitova in three sets, 4-6 6-2 6-4. Just as she did against Sloane Stephens on Saturday, Konta came from a set down to see off her opponent on Centre Court. Konta found it difficult to serve the match out - unable to claim victory when she had two match points at 5-2 in the final set, going on to lose the game. She had reached the brink of victory after winning five games in a row, and was more assured in her final service game, clinching the deciding set.

The first four games of the fifth set went with serve but then, just before 8pm, the rain came down again. With darkness approaching, the players returned around half an hour later to try and get the game done. It continued to go back and forth with serve until it reached 7-7 in the fifth, where Nadal broke for an 8-7 lead and had the chance to serve for the title.

Another Championship point went astray at 40-30, as Federer fought back but finally, at 9:16pm, Federer fired a forehand into the net and Nadal, having won 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7, collapsed to the turf in triumph.

The aftermath

Roger-Rafa: Wimbledon's greatest match © NetStorage

At four hours and 48 minutes the match was, at the time, the longest singles final at Wimbledon in history and the second longest of any Grand Slam. It also meant that Nadal became the first man since Borg to win the French-Wimbledon double in the same year. A couple of months later, Nadal took the world No 1 ranking from Federer, ending a record of 237 consecutive weeks at the top.

Nadal had broken through in a Grand Slam away from Paris and it looked like a new reign of dominance would begin. The pair met in the 2009 Australian Open final, which Nadal took in another five-set epic but injuries began to take their toll and Federer claimed four of the six majors that followed the famous final.

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Roger-Rafa: Wimbledon's greatest match © NetStorage The legendary pair met again in the 2017 Australian Open final last year

Crucially for Federer, Nadal's shock defeat to Robin Soderling at the French Open in 2009 allowed the Swiss to win in Paris for the first time. Nadal was then forced to withdraw from Wimbledon a few weeks later, which handed Federer a smooth path through to regain his crown.

At the 2011 French Open final, Nadal won in four, and as the years rolled by it looked as though it would be their last championship meeting. Djokovic emerged as the dominant force in the game, winning 11 majors between 2011 and 2016, while Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka made themselves Grand Slam champions.

The re-emergence

Roger-Rafa: Wimbledon's greatest match © Getty Federer won his eighth Wimbledon title last year

When Federer and Nadal met in the final of the 2017 Australian Open, for the first time since the French Open in 2011, it seemed like more of a nostalgic throwback for fans than anything, but it turns out it was a sign of things to come.

With Djokovic suffering a decline in form and confidence through injury along with Murray's injury problems, the two re-emerged as the men to beat and went on to split the six majors which followed Wawrinka's US Open win in 2016.

But Djokovic rediscovered his best form with devastating effect and the Serb has won three of the past four Grand Slams, as he goes in search of back-to-back Wimbledon titles.

Federer and Nadal played each other in a Grand Slam for the first time in over two years at Roland Garros - with the Spaniard easing to victory. But who will prevail on Friday with a place in another major showpiece occasion at stake?

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