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Wimbledon 2008 Mens Final – Extraordinary! July 7, 2008

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The Wimbledon 2008 mens final was nothing but extraordinary. Words simply cannot capture the absolute cliffhanger it was. I can only say thank you to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for superlative tennis and sportsmanship. What amazing atheletes these two guys are!

Shifting fortunes, phoenix like resurrections, ralleys, serve-volleys, slices, drop shots, top-spins, deep forehands, and impossible backhands. The battle at Centre Court kept me on tentrehooks for over 4 hours.

For some time (after the match) I was sad since I wanted Federer to win. For me, he is the greatest tennis player of our time and arguably the greatest grass court player ever (sorry, Mr. Borg). Many would say, he is the greatest tennis player ever.

Watching Federer play is like watching a ballet dancer. In the same vein, Rafael Nadal is like a gymnast.

Yesterday, the ballet dancer was defeated by the gymnast. World number 2, Rafael Nadal, truly earned his claim on the most coveted of Grand Slams.

I am sure, Federer will give us the pleasure of watching him lift that trophy next year.

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http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/index.html

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article4282473.ece

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/jul/06/wimbledon.tennis9

http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/federer-and-nadal-serve-up-a-vintage-match-to-equal-if-not-betterborgmcenroe-in-1980/2008/07/07/1215282745965.html

http://nickstennispicks.com/2008/07/07/nick-bollettieris-wimbledon-dossier-top-two-men-simply-out-of-this-world/

http://cameronanthonypark.com/2008/07/07/2008-wimbledon-nadal-vs-federer-the-greatest-match-of-all-time/

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/25553902/site/21683474/

http://thesomewhatmanlynerd.wordpress.com/2008/07/08/the-greatest-tennis-match-in-the-history-of-the-known-universe/

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5 Responses to “Wimbledon 2008 Mens Final – Extraordinary!”

  1. Erik Says:

    What an epic five set match by the two titans of tennis. My eyes were glued to this marathon for 4 hours and 48 minutes! This was the greatest and perhaps the best quality tennis I have ever witnessed in any tournament. Congrats to Nadal for taking down the great Federer.

  2. gurdas Says:

    Erik, I agree that this match was the highest quality tennis I have ever seen. Comparisons with Borg-McEnroe 1980 final are inevitable. I was only as tall as a tennis racket then 🙂
    As someone from the FedExpress camp, I am waiting for the revenge!

  3. cap Says:

    fantastic match! though I was too young to watch the epic Borg-McEnroe 1980 match, I’ve seen and heard enough about it over the years to know that this year’s final was “The Match” to top them all.

    every generation seems to be fortunate enough to have that one defining match and this one was certainly the one from the class lead by Federer – Nadal.

    cheers!

    cap

  4. gurdas Says:

    Cap, This was one of those occassions when adjectives fall short. Even while I was watching the match, sometime in the 4th set, I had a feeling I was watching history. That I am lucky to have watched LIVE a match will people will talk about for a very long time. I simply cannot remember having seen any contest more thrilling than this.

  5. Joyeeta Says:

    This blog has been neglected for long…its time to pay some well deserved attention to it!!


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