It has now been 13 years since the historic final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon 2008, in what is considered one of the most beautiful games of the modern era. The Spanish champion, who had lost in the last act against the Swiss in London in both 2006 and 2007, managed to win the fifth after a memorable battle (made even more exciting by the several downpours in between). That victory formally sanctioned Rafa’s overtaking of Roger in the ATP rankings, even though the actual changing of the guard would materialize a few weeks later. Currently, Federer and Nadal share the all-time record as they are both at 20 Grand Slams, but they have to watch their backs from Novak Djokovic who is following them very closely (the Serbian has risen to 19 Majors thanks to the triumph at Roland Garros). During an interview with ‘Fanatix’, the legendary commentator and former player – Andrew Castle – revisited that iconic clash between two of the best athletes of all ages. No one could have imagined that he would witness such a spectacle.
Castle recalled one of the most iconic tennis matches
As the crowd witnessed a young Rafael Nadal take on the favorite, Roger Federer, none were ready for what was to come. Remembering one of the most memorable matches in the history of the sport, Andrew said, “That match changed the game. The gold standard of tennis improved in one match. They pushed each other to mad limits.” Roger Federer is one of the most decorated players to have played the sport. With 20 Grand Slam titles to his name, the Swiss legend has won it all. Regardless, the loss of 2008 will haunt him forever, as a young Nadal announced himself to the world of tennis. “I remember it was Tim Henman’s first Wimbledon final as a commentator. We both sat there in the commentary box in shock and awe,” Andrew said. “Nadal with his determination and muscularity is genius, but I have to say I think I’ve seen the best tennis come from Novak’s racquet. He came to the party slightly after the other two, but I think he might have been the most remarkable,” he said. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics in straight sets on Wednesday to reach the last four at Wimbledon. With the victory, Djokovic improved his win-loss record on the tour to 966-194. It is also pertinent to note that Djokovic’s tally of 100 grasscourt wins is the 12th highest on the surface, behind Federer, Connors, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andy Murray, Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, Tom Okker, Lleyton Hewitt, Ken Rosewall and John Newcombe.