Monday, July 7, 2008

Nadal Finally Leaves England With a Cup Not a Plate :)

World number two, Rafael Nadal, endured 3 rain delays interrupting almost 5 hours of play, an incredible fightback from the world number one, Roger Federer, lots of gusty wind, and looming darkness during the last few games, to capture his first ever Wimbledon title and end Federer's 5 year reign at the All England Club with a tight 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 win.

The 22-year-old Spaniard made history by grabbing the Wimbledon trophy following his French Open success last month to become only the second player in the Open Era to win both Grand Slams in the same year; a feat only the great Bjorn Borg had managed to achieve.

The match is arguably the best final ever to take place at Wimbledon as both players pushed each other to their limits. Nadal had raced to a 2-set lead over the Swiss and by the time the third set was nearing it's final stages, we all thought the Spaniard was gonna make it before a rain delay came to Federer's aid, who came back with a vengeance, acing his way through the third-set tiebreak to force a fourth set.

Again the fourth set saw no service breaks but Federer managed to turn around a 1-4 scoreline in the tiebreak to force a decider, saving 2 championships points on the way.

The fifth set had us all at the edge of our seats as Federer kept saving breakpoint after breakpoint denying Nadal a chance to serve for the match until the crucial break came at 7-7 for the Spaniard who capitalized on his break and served the match out in what was close to sheer darkness, to throw himself to the ground and relish in his first Wimbledon victory and his first win over Federer on grass.

The Spaniard now is a mere 545 points away from the summit of the world rankings and has a strong chance of catching up with Federer if he manages to do well on American hardcourts.

This title also makes him the most successful Spaniard in Grand Slam history as he surpassed Manuel Santana's 4 Grand Slams record.

If Federer claimed he didn't have a Nadal complex before this match, I won't blame him if he really does now. Nadal has snapped Federer's 65-match winning streak on grass; a streak dating back to 2002. I guess it was payback for Federer's win at Hamburg last year over Rafa, who was on an 81-match winning streak before he fell to the Swiss.

I can't wait to see what happens next but something tells me that just like there's a new king in town at the All England Club, there's gonna be a new face at the top of the rankings pretty soon.

Cheers and Vamos Rafa :)

1 comment:

van said...

Hey Reem: I'm still shocked! But it was an incredible win for Rafa. I really never thought he'd be able to dethrone Roger here. Shows what I know!