Tennis is a game which has seen great rivalries. Bjorn Bjorg vs John McEnroe or Pete Sampras vs Andre Agassi but the greatest rivalry in Tennis is between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Their epic 2008 clash in the Wimbledon final was an example of how intense their rivalry was getting.
The 2008 final is called “The GREATEST TENNIS MATCH EVER PLAYED”. The match was filled with thrills and spills. Everyone watching the match in the Centre Court and on the television was on the edge of their seats.
Several high stakes were in the match. Federer was looking to win his sixth consecutive Wimbledon final whereas Nadal was looking to win his first Wimbledon crown and his first Grand Slam outside the slow clay court. The weather was also playing its role in the match with dark clouds interrupting play every now and then. Nadal had already troubled Federer in the 2007 Wimbledon final.
Nadal dominated the first two sets of the match and won them both by 6-4 and 6-4. It was looking as if Nadal would seal the Championship in straight sets but things were going to turn out different in the upcoming sets. Federer was like a tiger in the match, more dangerous when cornered.
Federer was like a tiger in the match, more dangerous when cornered.Â Federer started to crawl back in the game and started displaying his magic. The five-time winner played strokes that showed what kind of Champion the Swiss was. He won the third set via tie break at the score of 7-6. The fourth set was the same as the Swiss Maestro was fighting hard to retain his throne as the Wimbledon Champion. He saved two Championship points in the fourth set to level the final at two sets all.
In the final set, both warriors thought it was game on and held their serves. Federer was two points away to win his sixth Championship but Nadal held his nerve and won the match and his first Wimbledon crown.
After the match, pundits and fans were all praising the two players for the show they had put up. The match was ultimately crowned as the Greatest Tennis Match and Wimbledon Final of All Time”. It was a treat for the fans of Tennis, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.