Tuesday, July 8, 2008

King Federer dethroned!

Sunday, 6 july 2008 was that fateful day in the life of Roger Federer as he saw himself losing out to Rafael Nadal in the finals of the Wimbledon championships for the first time. It is also his first loss on grass since 2002. Nadal's 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (8-10), 9-7 victory took 4 hours and 48 minutes of actual playing time but occupied all of the afternoon and most of the evening because of two rain delays.
Both men were chasing Bjorn Borg, one looking to overtake while the other trying to equal. Eventually Rafael Nadal, the man who tried to equal his record of winning both the French open and the Wimbledon championships in the same year won. It was a terrific match of tennis and one of the best i have ever seen. The final result gave me a weird feeling as i like both the players. I was both sad and happy at the same time. One interesting trivia is Nadal leads FedEx 4-2 in grand slam finals, with three of those victories coming on the clay of Paris. Will Federer be able to bounce back? Only time will tell.

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