Every tennis fan recalls the extraordinary 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, which many have indicated as the most beautiful game of the Open Era. After leading for two sets to zero, the Spanish champion, which had surrendered in the final in both 2006 and 2007, had to undergo the comeback of the Swiss who forced him to the fifth set (after having also canceled a couple of match points ).
When darkness appeared on Center Court and after several interruptions due to rain, Rafa won 9-7 by winning his first title at the Championships.
Nadal tells a funny anecdote about the 2008 Wimbledon final
The 19-time Grand Slam champion recently had an interview with ESPN where he talked about the Wimbledon final in 2008 and how he felt during the match.
He said, “I wasn’t nervous at all. As a matter of fact, I made fun of my uncle. He fell asleep in the locker rooms during the first stop due to rain when I was winning 2-0. During the last stop, after I lost 2 match points, I told him that it would be better if he didn’t sleep this time”.
Federer with 20 total major titles, and Nadal with 19, are first and second on the men's all-time list for the most majors titles, and hold numerous other records between them. Together they have won 11 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, from the 2005 French Open to the 2007 US Open, as well as 6 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments on two occasions; from the 2008 French Open to the 2009 Wimbledon Championships and from the 2017 Australian Open to the 2018 French Open.
They are the only pair of men to have finished six consecutive calendar years as the top two ranked players on the ATP Tour, which they did from 2005 to 2010 and seven times overall, including 2017. This includes a record 211 consecutive weeks sharing the top two rankings from July 2005 to August 2009.