Rafael Nadal made his Wimbledon debut in 2003, scoring two wins and becoming one of the youngest players in the third round at 17 years old. Rafa missed Wimbledon in 2004 due to injury and suffered an early loss a year later after his first Roland Garros crown.
In 2006, Rafa appeared at the All England Club and reached the title clash, battling Roger Federer and losing in four sets. The 2007 final was a new chapter in the rivalry between Federer and Nadal, with the Swiss claiming a fifth straight title to equal Bjorn Borg’s record.
A few weeks earlier, Nadal defeated Federer in the Roland Garros final and chased the «Channel Slam» in London. Despite giving everything, the Spaniard had to settle for being runner-up for the second consecutive year. After three hours and 45 minutes, Federer prevailed 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 to write the record books and extend his winning streak at the All England Club.
. Roger fended off seven of 11 break chances, prevailing in the closing stages of sets one and three and showing his best tennis when it mattered most in the decider. Nadal had a slight advantage in the subsequent exchanges, which was not enough to keep him safe in the final set despite early chances that could have put him ahead.
Speaking of the match, Rafa described it as a crushing defeat, giving his best and yet coming up empty-handed in what could have been his last Wimbledon final. Rafa suffered a break on Roger’s third break chance in the second game of the match from a 40-0 lead and recovered it for a 1-3 lead.
The returns only needed six points at the end of the set for a tie break.
Carla Suarez Navarro on Federer
Former tennis player Carla Suárez Navarro recently spoke about Roger Federer’s incomparable legacy. “Anyone who loves sports loves Roger Federer.
That is his legacy. To say that it is the best of all is a common debate and it is complicated. What is clear is that tennis changed today. And the sport. When you want to practice one, whatever it is, you want to do it like him, with that elegance, without breaking a sweat.
As if it didn’t cost him. We all want to be like him,” she noted. “Whether or not your favorite player. If you love tennis, if you look at it with real attention, you enjoy watching Roger play. His dedication has been such that he amazed different generations.
We grew up seeing him overcome, succeed and give us a lesson in values. He taught us sportsmanship and respect above all else. He showed us that it is possible to reach the top by keeping your feet on the ground. Coinciding at the same time has been special. To be able to compete on the same courts, something unforgettable”, he had written.