'It will be interesting to see if it has had an effect on Rafael Nadal', says legend



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'It will be interesting to see if it has had an effect on Rafael Nadal', says legend

In pursuit of the fifth consecutive Wimbledon trophy, Roger Federer went all the way at the All England Club in 2007 to equal Bjorn Borg's record. In the title match a year ago, Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in four sets, and the best players in the world set up another clash 12 months after he went all the way.

As in 2006, Nadal defeated Federer in the Roland Garros final, chasing the "Channel Slam" in London but settling for second place for the second year in a row despite great effort. After three hours and 45 minutes, Federer won a 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 triumph to write new pages of the record books.

By shooting 24 aces, Roger defended himself from seven of the 11 break opportunities, prevailing in the final stages of sets one and three and produced his best tennis when crossing the finish line first mattered most. The Swiss had more winners and unforced errors and dropped Rafa in the fastest rallies of up to four strokes.

Nadal had a slight advantage in the more advanced exchanges, although it was not enough to keep him safe in the decider despite the first chances to advance. Going 40-0 in the second game, Rafa suffered a break on Federer's third break opportunity and got it back in the fifth game to get back on the positive side of the scoreboard.

Returners claimed just six points at the end of the set, when they reached a tie break in which Federer claimed 9-7 for a huge boost.

Boris Becker opens up on Rafael Nadal

Former World No. 1 and German tennis ace, Boris Becker has given his verdict on the Big 3.

He coached Novak Djokovic for three years and has been an admirer of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for years. However, he believes that it is now time for the young guns to blossom at the major events. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been playing professional tennis for 23 and 20 years, respectively.

The rivalry has been a source of healthy competition for both players. However, at the beginning of the 2010s decade, Djokovic slowly started rising up the ranks and won a few majors. It is now about time he entered the GOAT debate, after winning 20 Grand Slam titles within a decade.

“Roger and Rafa have fed off each other so it will be interesting to see if it has had an effect on the Spaniard when he returns next month in Washington DC. They will be aware that the players around ten years younger are getting better – it is now Novak and then quite a big chasing pack,” said Boris in the Daily Mail.