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Nadal The Champion

Wimbledon
by abc123 (U10968293) 06 July 2008
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Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 6-7(5-7)6-7(8-10)9-7 to win his first Wimbledon title. Your thoughts on Nadal's superb victory over Federer in an all time classic Wimbledon final.

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posted Jul 9, 2008

What a fantastic Wimbledon Final it was, both players was excellent. Well done Rafa!!!!

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posted Jul 9, 2008

The best final ever.Glued to my seat throughout.I believe someone was to pull the Federer train to halt and Nadal,his adversary did it to perfection

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posted Jul 9, 2008

Two things shone through about this final. First, it was without question probably one of the very best that has graced Centre Court (up there with Borg v McEnroe in 1981), and second, the oceanic gulf between men's and women's tennis. :).

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posted Jul 9, 2008

trying desperately to find the music on the federer-nadal muisc montage shown on bbc interactive. Anyone help?
By the way, i think Nadal will dominate the french and wimbledon for the next few years.

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posted Jul 10, 2008

It was a fanatastic final. Gripping and nerve racking. Both players exhibited superb tennis throughout the contest.
Credit must be given to Roger for fighting back so well after losing the first 2 sets. On all honesty I thought this was going to be a straight sets win for Rafa, after he took the first 2 sets.
He deserved to win in the end as he played better tennis throughout the 5 set contest!!

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comment by Pete (U2632491)

posted Jul 10, 2008

Best Wimbledon finals in order of greatness:

1982
2008
1980
1981

No arguments, you know I'm right.

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posted Jul 10, 2008

It is sad they have slowed the grass down to its current speed. While I understand that slowing the grass was to encourage more rallies and prevent the boring period of the mid-90s where it was all about serve and nothing else, I feel they have gone too far.

The slower grass does suit Nadal's game. I wonder how well he would do if it were faster as in the past.

Federer has the game to adapt to the faster surface and the faster grass of a few years back would give us better matches with aggressive players using serve volley techniques against the powerful baseliners. Remember the 5-set 1992 final between Agassi and Ivanisevic, or the 5-set 1999 and 2000 semi-finals between Agassi and Rafter? Great mix up of tennis styles. And worthy of Wimbledon.

Wimbledon needs to speed the grass back up as it is now no different to the speed of the French clay. Only then may we really measure the success of Federer over Nadal on grass or vice versa.

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posted Jul 10, 2008

Thre have been more entertaining finals (Borg v McEnroe etc.) for definate.

However there has never been one (nor to my mend has there ever been any other sporting occasion) that was so technically brilliant.

Even when extremely fatigued the quality did not drop to any great extent and if anything both players (but especially Federer) produced the very best shots when under the mot intense pressure. Several unreturnable serves with match point againt from Federer, two fo the best ever passing shots to get to break point (Nadal) and then save it the next shot (Federer) in the game that had Nadal won would have left him srving for a 3-1 set win and some awesome returns that no other players could have made were the highlights.

Never have I see such sustained quality over such a long time from both players in any sport (though the Taylor/Barney world final comes close) and possibly never will I again.

Watching the match I just felt that this was a destiny moment. Had Federer won then we might have seen Nadal finish a broken man, fading back to the clay court specialist of 2 years ago. We might have even seen Federer consider retirement.

With Nadal winning we could see the opposite, Nadal could go on to dominate the sport now that the mental hurdle of a GS win over Federed outside of Paris is gone. Perhaps it will be Federed who decides to scale back under those circumstances.

Or maybe, hopefully just maybe we will get the rematches to end them all next year. We can hope cant we?

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posted Jul 12, 2008

Whoever won or lost in that final, to me, both Fed and Nadal are the greatest tennis champions. They had exhibited their best tennis and played very professionally throughout the match and this was key for tennis fans all over the world to acknowledge both of them as champions. We shouldn't say things like Rafa was better than Fed or Fed was slacking since the beginning of 2008 etc. To me, both of them are the best active male tennis players in the world we currently have at this moment.

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posted Jul 12, 2008

BEST MATCH EVER!
2 Great players.
A tribute to sport and a fine example to all youngsters watching.

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