Wimbledon 2008 - Nadal Clentches Victory


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Rafael Nadal described his first Wimbledon title as a "dream" after beating Roger Federer in an epic final.

The 22-year-old won 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (8-10) 9-7 to become the first Spaniard since Manuel Santana in 1966 to win a Wimbledon singles title.

French Open champion Nadal had lost to Federer in the last two finals.

"It's impossible to describe. I'm just very happy. It's unbelievable for me to have the title here at Wimbledon," said the Majorcan.

"It's a dream. Always, as a kid, I dreamed of playing here.

"For any Spanish player to win here is unbelievable - for any player - but especially Spanish because we don't have a lot of titles here."

Nadal is the the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon back to back, and now has five Grand Slam titles.

The match was the longest Wimbledon men's singles final ever at four hours, 48 minutes, and the winning shot was struck with Centre Court in near darkness at 2115 BST. "For me, it was the most emotional match I ever played in, probably the best," said Nadal.

He added: "In the last game, I didn't see anything. It was unbelievable and I thought we had to stop if I lost the last game, that's for sure.

"At the same time when I was preparing to serve at 8-7, I said 'I can't believe it, I can't see anything.'"

The title had looked like it might slip away when Federer saved two match points in the fourth set, the second with a superb backhand, but Nadal said he had not been worried.

"I didn't miss," he said. "He had a very good serve, (then) I put the ball to the backhand because he made some mistakes before but this time he made an amazing passing shot."

He added: "When I lost the fourth set I sat down and said 'I'm playing well.' I had a very positive attitude, l felt confident with myself.

"It's the final of Wimbledon so I have to continue fighting all the time.

"I'm playing well so why do I have to go down? I lost two tie-breaks. I played a terrible two points with serve at 5-2 and later he did very well."

And as the drama unfolded in the fifth set, Nadal remained calm.

"I was just focused on every point," he said. "It's impossible to think too much. Just point by point. I didn't want to think about the title."

Nadal has completely dominated at Roland Garros for the last four years and is unbeaten there, but he admitted a first Wimbledon crown was something different.

"When I won the French for the first time it was unbelievable too," he said.

"I don't want to compare Grand Slams but Wimbledon is special, the tradition. For me, it's more surprising to win here than the French."
I'm glad he won he really deserved it. Sadly though i didnt see it as i was at a family reunion but i managed to watch parts of it there.
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i was watching just about all of it except the end. i'm glad he didn't let Federer come back and win.
i was watching just about all of it except the end. i'm glad he didn't let Federer come back and win.
Originally Posted by Obsidian Tides
At one stage Federer came back to take the lead, then it was blow for blow really, exciting game! I'm glad Nadal has won this year, he has worked so hard and has a very big passion for the sport, he's now ranked as World No.1

I also didn't do to badly either, as earlier that day I put a bet on for Nadal to win. Victories all round Smile
I try and imagine the feeling the players had at the last game. Over four hours in, their bodies falling apart, and playing like they never have before. Spectular!

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I didn't watch any of Wimbeldon this year but I was following it a little bit. I knew that it was likely to come down to Federer and Nadal. But as a sportscenter viewer for years, I just expected for Federer to win so I didn't bother to watch. It's good to see Nadal win it though because I think he had come close in the past.

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