After losing four finals to Rafael Nadal in 2006, Roger Federer was eager to change that at Wimbledon and extend his winning streak on grass. The best players in the world reached the final at the All England Club a couple of weeks after playing for the title in Paris, turning their rivalry to another level and surface.
Nadal was the player to beat in Paris, and Roger was ready to give an appropriate response at Wimbledon, dropping a set in seven games to lift the All England Club's fourth consecutive title. Roger defeated Rafa 6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 in just under three hours for the 48th consecutive victory on grass, becoming the third player in the Open Era with four consecutive Wimbledon titles after Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras.
The Swiss played better on both the first and second serves, suffering two breaks out of three opportunities offered to Rafa and stealing the Spanish's serve six times to seal the deal and write the record books. Federer had a clear advantage in the shorter range of up to four strokes and dominated the opponent in the longest exchanges, forcing Rafa to exceed 50 errors.
Serving for the second set, Nadal lost his serve in the tenth game, losing the tie break 7-5 and recovering in the third to take it into the tiebreaker and extend the duel. Still, Roger won back-to-back breaks in the fourth set to topple the young rival and claim the eighth Major title just short of his 25th birthday.
"The beginning of the game was absolutely perfect. I played fantastic tennis and didn't lose a ball. It was over in no time, and that gave me a lot of confidence. I couldn't maintain that level in the second set, I fell into a break and came back at the last minute when Rafa took it out.
That was another crucial moment of the match, as I played at a high level in the tie break to get two sets to zero up front. It got more difficult for both of us, and the battle continued until early in the fourth set, when I took it upon myself to bring the victory home."
Evert on Roger Federer
Chris Evert is a former World No.1 tennis player, hailing from the US. She has won 18 Grand Slam titles in the singles category and three in the doubles category. In a recent interview with ESPN, Chrissie said that Roger Federer’s effort in reaching the Wimbledon Championships final will be a difficult job in many aspects.
Chrissie Evert has termed multiple reasons, as a result of Roger Federer’s difficult quest to the finals. He has not been playing the way he used to, as the 2019 Wimbledon finalist, recently lost in the Halle Open. He lost to Felix Auger Aliassime after he lost his concentration in the third set.
“I think it’s going to be an uphill battle for Roger only because, like, when you watch that last match that he lost, he voices his sentiments that he was so disappointed that he had to take a couple hours to think about it, disappointed in himself,” said the Hall of Famer in her interview.