Rafael Nadal: ‘I was more experienced than my rival’

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After two heartbreaking losses to Roger Federer in back-to-back Wimbledon finals, Rafael Nadal went all the way at the All-England Club in 2008. The Spaniard topped the Swiss in a memorable final for his first Major crown outside Paris and the first “Channel Slam” since the days of Bjorn Borg.

Rafa skipped Wimbledon in 2009 due to an injury and made a strong return in 2010 to lift the second title in the cathedral of tennis. For the first time since 2002, Roger Federer did not make an appearance in the Wimbledon final, losing to Tomas Berdych in the quarters and allowing the Czech to fight for the trophy against Rafa.

Nadal had to work hard in the early rounds to remain on the title course, prevailing over Robin Haase and Philipp Petzschner and playing on a high level against Robin Soderling and Andy Murray to reach the fourth consecutive Wimbledon final.


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