In a simply amazing match, Rafa Nadal claimed the Hamburg title, winning 7-5 6-7 6-3. It was an absolutely stunning match.
Federer started the best of the 2. Nadal was 5-1 down in the 1st with Fed serving with 2/3 set points. But Nadal took his initiative, hitting some amazing winners to claim 6 games and take the 1st set.
The 2nd was another masterpiece by both players, Federer again up by 4-1 but Nadal couldn't be kept back.
Both players held to take it to a nail biting tie-break.
Nadal again took the initiative, claiming a mini-break to take a 2-0 lead.
But Federer wasn't giving up easily and with some scintillating shots, managed to rattle back to take the 2nd set tiebreak 7-3.
But Nadal wasn't going to let Federer back in and managed to break the swiss in the 4th game. Nadal then held his serve to maintain a 4-1 lead. Federer managed to scrape another game to make it 4-2. Nadal held to make it 5-2 and Federer did the same the next game, taking it to 30.
But Nadal clinched the title in style taking the game to love.
Surely now, Federer's confidence will be at bottom level.
Nadal had a 3 hour match the day before and Federer only over an hour.