We are in 2019. We remember him because on Friday we will see a Nadal-Federer in Wimbledon. The first since the historic end of 2008 and also the first in which the winner will not automatically take the title. It will be seen in Vamos, by Movistar, starting at 2:00 p.m.
It will be a semifinal, like the one at Roland Garros back in 2005 when Rafa Nadal started writing his story. That was the first time they met in a Grand Slam. That was an anticipated final, Friday's is a great semifinal. On the other side awaits the winner of the Djokovic-Baptist.
The two players have met 39 times, with 24 victories for Nadal and 15 for Federer. The last time the faces were seen Nadal did not give option. It was in the semis of Roland Garros. Three sets Breaking a streak of six consecutive victories of the Basle. Now a priori it is Roger's field, but Nadal arrives possibly at his best moment in grass of history. The precedents are there, and they were all memorable parties.
Final 2006: Federer wins in four sets 6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3
Nadal had never passed the third round at Wimbledon. Since childhood he had said that his dream was to win the British Grand Slam and at 20 he was one step away from doing so. In front Roger Federer, three times champion and who had defeated in the final in Paris. He did not give the Swiss option, who only offered three break balls throughout the match. The first set was a rosco and in the second tie Nadal could only make two points. He took his race in the third, but the final ended with a 6-3 in four sets.
Final 2007: Federer wins in five sets 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2
The day it was seen that the king could fall. Nadal was better in many parts of the game, but failed in the playoffs. In the first tie break the final could be for Rafa, but Federer took it out saving him with a 9-7. In the fifth set the Spaniard broke down and 3 hours and 45 minutes after the first serve the match was over.
Final 2008: Nadal wins his first title 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7
The best end of the story. The game in which Nadal finally achieved one of his dreams. It was getting dark and it seemed that the story was going to repeat itself. Federer had saved a match point in the fourth set, with Nadal on serve. But Rafa got up, did not lose his service and when night fell a failure of Roger gave him the title.
On Friday they will play again. With eleven more years, but they are still tennis stars. We do not know if it will be the last time, but this time the prize is different. A place in the final.
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