Rafael Nadal: 'Roger Federer hit the most difficult shot at Wimbledon'



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Rafael Nadal: 'Roger Federer hit the most difficult shot at Wimbledon'

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were the rivals in the 2008 Wimbledon final, facing each other in the title clash at the All England Club for the third straight year. Nadal earned a memorable 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 victory in four hours and 48 minutes, dethroning the Wimbledon king and writing history books.

In his recent interview, Rafa described the most challenging point he saw, picking Roger's backhand winner at 7-8 in the fourth set's tie break when he saved a match point and prolonged the action. Nadal wasted that opportunity, but he stayed composed in the decider to secure the fifth Major title and the first outside Roland Garros.

Roger had won 40 consecutive matches at Wimbledon before the final, seeking the sixth successive title but falling short just before the darkness. Nadal won five points more than Federer in a thrilling battle, fending off 12 out of 13 break opportunities and earning four breaks.

Rafa stayed in touch with the five-time champion in the shortest points up to four strokes, improving his initial shot to reach Roger's level and delivering incredible tennis on break chances to give serve away only once.

The Spaniard moved in front in the third game and survived a scare on serve at 5-4 after fending off two break chances to clinch the opener.

In 2008, Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in just under five hours in Wimbledon final.

Federer forged a 4-1 advantage in set number two before losing serve in game seven to bring Nadal back into contention.

With momentum on his side, Rafa grabbed another break at 4-4 with a forehand winner, served for the set in the next game and repelled a break chance to forge a massive two sets to love advantage. Roger bounced back in sets three and four in a manner of a true champion, prevailing in a tight fourth-set tie break from 5-2 down to force a decider and become the favorite.

The Swiss saved that match point in the fourth set's tie break at 7-8 with a brilliant backhand and gathered momentum ahead of the final set. Players had to leave the court in the fifth game set due to rain and returned half an hour later to continue an incredible encounter.

Roger created a break chance with a forehand down the line winner at 4-3, denied by Nadal's smash winner. The Spaniard leveled the score at 4-4 with another forehand winner to stay alive and show the fighting spirit. At 5-5, Rafa earned two break opportunities with a forehand down the line winner, unable to convert any or make an extra step two games later.

In the 15th game, the Spaniard seized more opportunities on the return and secured a break after a colossal forehand error from the Swiss to serve for the title. At deuce at 8-7, Rafa hit a service winner and moved over the top following Roger's forehand mistake, celebrating one of his most significant victories ever.

"The most difficult point during my career came against Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final. I remember the most complicated point was Roger's backhand passing shot on my match point in the fourth set's tie break.

I went for a wide serve, and he returned a backhand slice to the middle of the court. I had a chance to seal the deal with my forehand, but Roger played an incredible backhand to pass me and prolong the match," Rafael Nadal said.