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Wimbledon 2008 – Nadal and Venus Win Championship

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2008 Wimbldeon - Rafael Nadal Bites the Men's Singles Trophy

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Wow! John McEnroe opined that the 2008 Wimbledon men’s final was the best match he’d ever seen. At 4 hours and 48 minutes it was certainly the longest (the previous record was the 1982 Connors v. McEnroe final at 4 hours, 16 minutes). I loved it, stomach twisting and turning all the way.

2008 Wimbldeon - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer Hold TrophiesIn the end Rafael Nadal won the a gut-wrenching five set  6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 match that spanned two rain delays and threatened to go into Monday. Nadal had two championship points in the 3rd and 4th sets that Roger Federer managed to stave off. But Nadal was just too good. As hard as it is for me to say it, Nadal deserved that win. Point for point he chased down everything Federer threw at him.

2008 Wimbldeon - Rafael Nadal Collapses after winning men's singles championship
(Nadal collapses after his hard-fought win)

2008 Wimbldeon - Rafael Nadal Hugs the Men's Singles Trophy   2008 Wimbldeon - Federer Contemplates Loss to Rafael Nadal 
(Nadal hugs trophy – Federer contemplates defeat)

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2008 Wimbldeon - Venus Williams holds Trophy - Plate We had an all-Williams final for the first time in 5 years. Venus won, Serena pouted, Richard went home early. The Williams’ sisters also won the Women’s doubles final, cumulatively ‘netting’ :) them $2.5 million at Wimbledon 2008. Not bad.

2008 Wimbldeon - Venus and Serena Williams hold Trophies - Plates Since NBC chose to show all of the William’s sisters round of 16 matches, all their quarter-final, both their semi-final matches, and even some of their doubles matches (at the expense of many other terrific matches – see my rant here), by the time of the ladies’ finals came around, I had seen more than my desired share of the Williams’ sisters for one week!

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2008 Wimbldeon - Andy Murray Puts on a Round of 16 Show against Gasquet One of the other highlights of the second week was the terrific five set, come-from-behind, round of 16 match between the 12th seeded Scot, Andy Murray, and the 8th seeded Frenchman, Richard Gasquet.  I confess that I’ve never much liked Murray – seems like a bit of a rich and spoiled hothead to me. But the Brits went wild cheering the local boy as he put on a terrific show with some spectacular shot making.

2008 Wimbldeon - Andy Murray Shows Muscles after Beating Gasquet Earlier in the week he got into a bit of a friendly spat with John McEnroe as to whether Murray was fit enough to win a grand slam. On winning the Gasque match, he displayed his biceps as a seeming retort to the McEnroe criticism. Nadal ultimately took him out easily in straight-sets in the quarterfinals.

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2008 Wimbldeon - Retractable Roof on Center CourtThe two rain delays we waited through in the Federer-Nadal final will be the last we’ll have to endure at Wimbledon thanks to the new retractable roof that will be finished for Wimbledon 2009. Unfortunately the retractable roof doesn’t mean we’ll have night matches next year. The retractable roof is transparent. Dang Brits and their traditions!

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All-in-all, Wimbledon 2008 was one terrific tournament with several matches that I’ll never forget – especially that final!

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  • hJn

    The men’s final certainly was a classic by two classy players. Too bad one of them had to lose. Nadal showed he is at par with Federer and Federer showed what a true champion he is by battling back from 0-2.

    Federer’s serve kept him in the match many times. But it was Nadal’s display of power that prevailed. Some of the rallies were remarkable. I can never recall watching a five-set match with so few breaks. It was amazing to watch as each player won one service game after another.

    Federer remains my favourite but you can’t help but like Nadal either because he too seems to be quite humble. Both demonstrated great skill and sportmanship throughout THE MATCH.

  • Val

    I laughed when John McEnroe said it was the best match he ever saw. Why? Because he missed the best matched I ever saw. And, that match was Lendl winning his first grand slam even in the French Open over Mr. John McEnroe. Yeah, he missed the best match ever. Lendl was down 2 sets to 1 and three match points were served by McEnroe and guess what happened? Hahahaha … yeah … Lendl won and McEnroe missed watching that match. It was a more than a come from behind victory. It was a match up of styles … the heavy ground stroke against the net player. Mr. McEnroe, that was the best tennis match I ever watched.

  • http://www.daleisphere.com Dale Dietrich

    Ha! Well clearly he saw the match with McEnroe. But you can understand why he wouldn’t consider it the best one he’s ever seen! That was befor emy time. I only discovered tennis in 1992 when an ex-girlfriend introduced me to the sport. I’ve been an avid fan ever since, missing only one or two grand-slam finals in some 16 years.