Wimbledon has always been an enjoyable, worth watching and interesting game. The game turns more interesting when two top ranked players are rivals in it. Records are made during such games. One such game happened between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in 2008 Wimbledon final. The game lasted for a record of 4 hours and 48 minutes ending up with Rafael Nadal as the new world champion. A year earlier Nadal withdrew from the game because of a knee injury but in 2008 he not only played, but also became the winner. In the exciting five sets, the first two 6-4, 6-4 were in Nadal’s favor, while the next two sets put the game on tie when Federer beat Nadal 6-7, 6-7 each. The final fifth set went again in Nadal’s favor in which he won by 9-7. The match not only broke the record for the longest match by time but also made a record as the longest final match.
In women’s singles, the longest match by time was in 2005 between Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport that lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes. Venus completed her victory by 4-6, 7-6, and 9-7 and claimed the first Grand Slam title for herself in four years. She became the first women to score a win after facing a match point in the past 70 years. Though Venus lost the first set, she managed to win all the rest to complete her victory. Davenport sustained a back injury in the game for which she took a break too, but she still put up a good, challenging fight for Venus during the game.
The dramatic, interesting, sensational and thrilling match between Rafael Nadal (Spain) and Roger Federer (Switzerland) in 2008 Wimbledon final made a historical record of being the longest match. The exciting and aggressive match lasted for 4 hours and 48 minutes.
The match started with Federer’s serve. The first set consisted of 10 games and ended up with Nadal winning by 6-4. Nadal won the second set by 6-4, too. There had been 20 games so far. The third set consisted of 13 games that Federer won by 7-6. Between the 9th and 10th game of the third set, the match was stopped for 30 minutes due to rain. New 13 games were played in the fourth set which Federer won by 7-6 again. Now the game was at an exciting stage. There was 2-2 set point tie between both the players. The fifth set was the longest during the match, as 17 games were played. During the fifth set, between the 5th and the 6th game, Nadal and Federer stopped playing for 30 minutes again due to rain. Nadal won the set by 9-7, thus winning the 2008 Wimbledon final.
Through that victory, Nadal became the first man to win French Open and Wimbledon tournaments after Björn Borg did in 1980. Nadal became also the first Spanish to win the Wimbledon title for his country after Manolo Santana did it in 1966.
Losing the game cost Federer 40 consecutive victories record at All England Club and 65 consecutive victories on grass record too. Federer admitted this to be his hardest loss, but at the same time he admired Nadal and said that he deserved the victory because he played “fantastically”.