Roger Federer recalls 2007 Wimbledon: 'I almost lost against Rafael Nadal'


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Roger Federer recalls 2007 Wimbledon: 'I almost lost against Rafael Nadal'

The 2007 Wimbledon title has a special meaning for Roger Federer. The Swiss legend equalled Bjorn Borg's five successes in a row at The Championships, which is the thing he remembers the most. 'It was very special because I was going for my fifth one,' Federer said recalling that edition.

'When I beat Pete Sampras in 2001, I had stopped his attempt to go for five in a row, Bjorn Borg had done that before. I was on the verge of doing it myself, Bjorn Borg was on the stadium, and I also remember '07 was the year the roof was off, it made the Centre Court being different, more wind coming into the stadium.

I had an epic five-set battle with Rafa, one of the first ones we had each other. I almost lost, then found a way to win and equalling Bjorn's five in a row was a dream come true because he is one of my all-time favorite players.

For me to do that, be together with Bjorn in the tennis history was very important to me.' Federer also recalled the 2006 triumph, that year he beat Nadal in four sets: 'I remember heading into the final feeling confident about my game, great semifinals against Jonas Bjorkman, so I got the energy and confidence I was looking for.

It was the first time I played Rafa, I was dominating on grass, he was dominating on clay at the time. I remember I played very well, I came out of the blocks very strong, which helped me to win.' ALSO READ: Stan Wawrinka breaks silence, opens up on relationship with Nick Kyrgios