Roger Federer: 'After the final in 2008 vs Rafael Nadal, I was thinking...'

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Roger Federer: 'After the final in 2008 vs Rafael Nadal, I was thinking...'

For both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the 2008 Wimbledon final, won by the Spaniard 9-7 in the fifth set after almost five hours, will inevitably be always special. In a press conference during Wimbledon earlier this month, Federer recalled what his feelings were: 'The [my] initial reaction was, 'OK, [I] got to win it again next year, '09.And I did, in an epic one against (Andy) Roddick.

That was beautiful after the heartbreak in '08. I'm sure I took something away from it, but mostly positive, even though the moment was pretty hard. It was a great match for many reasons. It also made me more human, potentially.' Federer also joked: 'When we are older, we may be in the rocking chairs talking how it all was.

For me, maybe it's harder to talk about because I lost it. For him maybe, because he won it, he also feels uncomfortable digging into it, which I think shouldn't be a problem because that's how you want to win your first Wimbledon.' Rafael Nadal had a much less emotional thought: 'It was one of the matches I tried to sort of forget a little bit.

I remember it being dark. I remember the passing shot down the line. I remember the things I said pretty much vaguely. I hardly remember there were rain delays, to be honest.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: 'I cannot say my rivalry with Novak Djokovic is great'