Facing each other for the first time in Miami 2004, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal forged one of the most exciting rivalries in tennis, dominating the rest of the field in those years and battling for the Major and Masters 1000 trophies.
Nadal scored four straight victories over Federer at Roland Garros between 2005-2008, while Roger had the upper hand in the 2006 and 2007 Wimbledon finals to extend his incredible grass-court streak that he began in 2003.
Making significant progress on the faster surface, Nadal would reach two Wimbledon finals in the aforementioned years, increasingly challenging Roger and preparing for another round in 2008 after the fourth consecutive Roland Garros crown.
Nadal and Federer were favorites at the All England Club and reached the third consecutive final. Since 2003, Roger has had 40 consecutive wins in the cathedral of tennis, with Nadal snapping that incredible streak after an epic 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 victory in four hours and 48.
minutes. Thus, Rafa became the first player since Bjorn Borg with a "Channel Slam", adding the fifth Major to his account just after his 22nd birthday and working his way to the best players of all time. Nadal earned five more points than Federer, fending off 12 of 13 break opportunities and winning four breaks to prevail and celebrate one of the most important moments in tennis history.
Federer had more winners and mistakes, losing ground in the final stages for the first loss at Wimbledon since 2002. Rafa kept in touch with a great rival in the shorter points to four strokes, improving his opening shot to reach Roger's level and delivering incredible tennis.
in those rest opportunities to give it away just once.
Shapovalov praises Roger Federer
The ultimate ‘G.O.A.T’ debate is a never-ending conversation for fans and followers of the big 3, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.
However, the youngsters already have a favorite and it’s no surprise who they love the most. From Canadian star Denis Shapovalov to the 2021 Wimbledon Championship finalist, Matteo Berrettini, all hail the legendary Roger Federer to be their idol.
In a newly emerged video, Denis Shapovalov recalls idolizing Federer, as he watched him play growing up. He said, “He was always my hero and I kind of wanted to match my game to his”. World No. 8, Matteo Berrettini, also picked Roger as his favorite.
He shared his mesmerizing experience of when he played against the icon for the very first time. “He looked like he wasn’t putting effort, you know? Like he was just so smooth and so light on his feet. That’s why I think the I time I played him, I was like “What is happening here?”