Nadal misses out on Wimbeldon glory to Federer

9th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 July 2007, LONDON - Switzerland's Roger Federer defeated Spain's Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2 Sunday in the final at Wimbledon, winning his fifth consecutive title at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club and tying the mark set by Swedish legend Bjorn Borg.

9 July 2007

LONDON - Switzerland's Roger Federer defeated Spain's Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2 Sunday in the final at Wimbledon, winning his fifth consecutive title at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club and tying the mark set by Swedish legend Bjorn Borg.

The No. 1-ranked Federer now has 11 Grand Slam titles under his belt and is within range of Pete Sampras's record of 14 majors.

Nadal, a three-time French Open champion whose best surface is not grass, made the final at Wimbledon for the second straight year, showing that he can play at the highest level on the fast surface and that he might be the only man on the tour able to end Federer's domination of the majors.

"I play great tournament, no? I play very good level, playing against one of the best of the history on this surface, having two chances for a win I'm playing at a similar level," Nadal said.

The 21-year-old Spaniard went after Federer's backhand throughout the match and used his service game effectively, allowing himself to be broken only once until the deciding fifth set.

"It was a huge occasion for me, huge pressure. Bjorn Borg sitting there, Jimmy Connors sitting there, John McEnroe sitting there, Boris Becker sitting there. You know, for me it's a big moment for me. Then in the end, to lift the trophy, it's a very, yeah, special memory. I'll have it for all my life," Federer said in the post-match press conference.

The Swiss champion won his 34th consecutive match at Wimbledon but was forced to go to a fifth set for only the first time in that streak in a match that will go down as a classic.

"From the baseline he was not outplaying me, but I always thought he had the upper hand for some reason and I couldn't really play that aggressive like I wanted to, maybe like last year. But my serve kept me in, and I definitely won the big points today, which was most important," Federer said.

Federer defeated Nadal 6-0, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-3 in last year's final at Wimbledon. The two men also played in the last two finals at Roland Garros, with Nadal winning both times.

"I win my share. He wins his. It's a good rivalry, I think. We've been at the top for over a hundred weeks together. It is like building up to one of maybe the great rivalries," Federer said of his relationship with Nadal.

Federer was forced twice to rally from 15-40 on serve early in the fifth set, but he managed to hold and then break Nadal.

"He's playing phenomenal tennis. He's definitely improved yet again I think. He had more of a game plan this year than he had last year. I think last year he came out, nothing to lose, kind of hit hard but didn't know why. This year around, he's changed his game a little bit. Plays maybe a bit more aggressive, knows the game of grass much better. That's why I think he's not only just a good clay courter, he's a good all-around player," Federer said of the Spaniard.

Federer now has five Wimbeldon titles. Sampras won a total of seven singles titles at Wimbledon. Borg took the crown in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980.

Nadal was trying to become the first player since Borg in 1980 to win Wimbledon and Roland Garros in the same year.

The only Spanish man to win the singles crown at Wimbledon was Manolo Santana, who defeated Denny Ralston of the United States in 1966 6-4, 11-9, 6-4. EFE

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

0 Comments To This Article