7.7.08

Spain's Pride wins Wimbledon Tennis Open

Spaniard Rafael Nadal, the world number two, beat Swiss Roger Federer in five sets today. Federer, the official number one lost 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (8-10) and 9-7. Nadal won the Wimbledon tennis Open, the third Grand Slam of the season. It was also the longest final in history (4 hours and 50 minutes) at the All England.

The 22-year-old Mallorcan, Multipletime champion of Roland Garros, became the first tennis player to achieve the Roland Garros-Wimbledon double since Bjorn Borg in 1980. In addition he dethroned Federer, who had won the last five times and was unbeaten on grass since 2002, with 65 consecutive victories. Nadal is the first Spaniard to win at Wimbledon in the Open era (1968) and second in the history of the tournament since Manuel Santana in 1966.


"It's a dream to win here," said Nadal thrilled at the end of the meeting. Immediately afterwards, he thanked the Prince of Asturias for witnessing the decisive clash. He also had praise for Federer, his rival classic: "Roger is still the best, has proved to be a champion and for me this is very important."

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