Jul 7, 2008

Rafael Nadal finally beats Roger Federer @ Wimbledon

If you are a Nadal fan, you'll be just as emotional as me witnessing his win at the Wimbledon men's singles final moment ago. He finally became the first man to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year since Bjorn Borg in 1980.

Nadal, the first Spaniard to win Wimbledon since Manolo Santana in 1966, also avenged his losses to Federer in the last two finals here and snapped Federer's All England Club winning streak at 40 matches and overall grass-court run at 65.

During the championship point, Federer sends a forehand error into the bottom of the net. After so much of drama and rain delays, the 4 hours 48 minutes match finally ended with the results 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7.

Nadal in tears, hugs his great rival and immediately runs up to his box to hug his family and pick up a Spanish flag. He then hops over to the royal box to shake some hands of Spanish royalty!

Nadal celebrates his win with Crown Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Letizia of Spain.

During the interviews with the players, Federer said, "I tried everything, it went a little late and everything, but look Rafa is a deserving champion, he just played incredible today. He's the worst opponent on the best court, but it's been a joy again to play here, I know I couldn't win it under the circumstances, but I'll be back next year."

According to the new Wimbledon champion, "This is my favourite tournament, for me to win on this court is a dream. I'm playing in the same time as the best player in history, Roger Federer. He's still number one, he's still the best, he still has five titles here, and I just have one."

Now Nadal has won his 5th Grand Slam title, adding to his four consecutive French Open championships. Federer, meanwhile, remains two shy of Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam wins.

Wow, it's almost 5 a.m. and I'll have to go to work in a couple of hours. But this is one of the best Monday morning, ever. And I can't wait for the Olympics tennis to start.

(Image by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Julian Finney/Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
(Some part of the text from Yahoo! UK Eurosport)

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