In an interview to EFE, the French umpire Pascal Maria recalled when he umpired the 2008 Wimbledon final won by Rafael Nadal over Roger Federer for 9-7 in the fifth set. "My memory is a big one, It was one of the best matches in history", said Maria.
"Tennis was very good, the atmosphere around it was special. I perfectly remember it like if it was yesterday. The game was unbelievably good. Players were doing very well, but what I remember the most is that the match lasted four hours, everyone remembers it and no one criticizes me.
During the last games the Hawk-Eye Challenge didn't work, players had to accept it but no one now remembers that. Anyways, it was a very special match for me. I stopped umpiring since a while and I wanted to leave it when I was still going through a good time and not when I got bored of it.
I played great matches and great finals. As a tennis fan, you always want to be involved somehow. As an umpire I had my best place in the stadium. Regardless that it's a semifinal or final, I would have loved to be part of it", he said referring to the upcoming semifinal between Federer and Nadal.
"When you are an umpire, you live your dream live. I miss this feeling. But everything stops one day."