Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who shares an epic rivalry with Roger Federer over the years, has recently talked about the Swiss Maestro’s inexplicable legacy on grass and their intense battle in the 2008 Wimbledon finals.
Rafael Nadal goes back to the past and talks about the 2008 Wimbledon final against Roger Federer
“The one that comes to mind is the 2008 Wimbledon final. I felt like I was having the best moments of my career during the match, and he must have[too]”, explained Nadal.
Federer got the better off Nadal for two straight years(2006, 2007), but the Spaniard was a favorite in 2008 as he had a 23-match win streak and also won his first-ever grass court title that year.
After winning the first two sets against the Swiss, Nadal went on to lose the next two as the match went into a fifth set. In a neck-to-neck battle in the decider, it was the Spaniard who got the better off Roger and won his first-ever non-clay court title.
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“As we all know, I’m not very good at turf courts. It was special to be able to overcome it and win. I imagine I could beat Roger Federer on the turf. It was a match with adrenaline”, said the Spaniard.
The duo played forty matches against each other, with Nadal leading the head-to-head race with 24 wins in comparison to Federer’s 16. Before 2017, the Spaniard clearly dominated Roger on-court but the latter’s resurgence that year with managed to bury the deficit to some extent.
Federer and Nadal had to struggle this season due to injuries
Looking at both their performances this year, the Spaniard managed to reach the semi-finals of the French Open, where he lost to eventual champion, Novak Djokovic. After a brief appearance on the US hard-court season, Nadal called off the remainder of his season to recover from a foot injury.
On the other hand, Federer, who played only a handful of matches, reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals and was defeated by Hubert Hurkacz. Immediately after the tournament, the Swiss Maestro announced his decision to undergo a third knee surgery.
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer during a press conference after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz Pool via REUTERS/Joe Toth
While the Spaniard might hit the practice courts sooner or later, Federer’s rehab will take a long time owing to the surgery he underwent. Even though the Swiss Maestro didn’t reveal much regarding his comeback, he surprised fans by turning up unannounced at the Laver Cup this year.
With Novak Djokovic equaling Federer and Nadal’s record of 20 majors each, there is more excitement amongst tennis fans regarding the 2022 grand slam season as the fight for supremacy continues among the Big-3.
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