Rafael Nadal reveals his favorite victory over Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal reveals his favorite victory over Roger Federer

Roger Federer ended his incredible career at the Laver Cup in London. Rafael Nadal was alongside his great rival, with two legends teaming up and taking on Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. Roger and Rafa wasted a match point to suffer a 4-6, 7-6, 11-9 loss during an emotional night at the O2 Arena.

Nadal and Federer met 40 times between 2004 and 2019, forging one of the greatest rivalries in tennis history and pushing each other to their limits. When asked about his most notable win over Roger, Rafa had no doubts, citing the 2008 Wimbledon final as his finest triumph over the Swiss.

Roger has beaten Rafa in the Wimbledon final for the past two years and the Spaniard was keen to change that in 2008. Federer had 40 consecutive wins at the All England Club before her third straight title shot at the cathedral of tennis.

After an epic battle, Nadal scored a memorable 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 triumph in four hours and 48 minutes for his first Wimbledon crown! Rafa thus became the first player since Bjorn Borg with a ‘channel slam’, adding a fifth major to his tally shortly after the age of 22, paving his way to becoming tennis immortals.

Nadal won five points more than Federer in a thrilling battle, fending off 12 of 13 break chances to send the pressure to the other side. The Spaniard earned four breaks to prevail and emerge victorious in one of the most defining moments in tennis history.

Rafa stayed in touch with the five-time champion in the shortest points up to four strokes, which was crucial to his success. The Spaniard improved his first shot to match Roger’s level and delivered incredible tennis on those break chances.

Federer gave his best to make a comeback in sets three and four and there was nothing separating them in the deciding set.

Rafael Nadal ousted Roger Federer after an epic fight at Wimbledon 2008.

Nadal went forward in the opener’s third game, surviving a scare on serve at 5-4 to fend off two break chances and win it.

Federer forged a 4-1 advantage in the second set before being broken 4-2 to put Nadal back in contention. With momentum on his side, Rafa clinched another break at 4-4 with a forehand winner, repelling a break point in the next break to forge two sets to the love advantage.

A true champion, Roger rallied in the third set to increase his chances. The Swiss remained competitive in the fourth, coming from 5-2 down in a tiebreak to force a decider and earn a boost. The players left the pitch due to rain in the fifth game of the last set and returned half an hour later to continue an incredible encounter.

Roger created a break chance with a forehand down the line at 4-3, and Nadal denied it with a smash winner to stay alive. The Spaniard leveled the score at 4-4 with a forehand winner to add to the excitement. Rafa earned two break chances with a forehand down the line at 5-5.

Two games later, he failed to convert or take an extra step. The Spaniard took advantage of more chances on the return at 7: 7 and got a break after a colossal forehand error by the Swiss. Rafa hit a service winner at Deuce in Game 16 and went over the top after Roger’s forehand error to celebrate one of his most glorious wins.

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