Monday, July 7, 2008
Nadal Wins First Wimbledon Title
Rafael Nadal snapped Roger Federer's 65-game winning streak on grass, topping the five-time Wimbledon champion in five sets. Nadal captured his first Wimbledon title and fifth Grand Slam championship. It was the longest men's championship match in Wimbledon history (at 4 hours, 48 minutes).
The No. 2-ranked Nadal ended No. 1 Federer’s five-title run at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament by the slimmest of margins, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7, Sunday night.
Nadal is the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win Wimbledon and the French Open in the same season. He is also the first Spanish man to triumph at the All England Club since Manolo Santana in 1966.
“Probably my hardest loss, by far,” said Federer, who was trying to become the first man to claim six consecutive Wimbledon championships since the 1880s.
“But Rafa keeps you thinking, and that’s what the best players do to each other in the end,” Federer said. “That’s what we both do to each other.”