Roger Federer was looking for the fifth Wimbledon Cup in a row and went all the way in 2007 to reach Björn Borg’s record! In the title fight 12 months earlier, Federer defeated his closest rival Rafael Nadal in four sets. The world’s leading players competed against each other again in July 2007.
Nadal defeated Federer a few weeks earlier in the Roland Garros final and followed the “Channel Slam” in London, but had to be satisfied with second place in a row, although he had given everything.
After three hours and 45 minutes, Federer took a 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 triumph to write the record books and extend his winning streak at the All England Club. Roger fended off seven of eleven break chances, prevailed in the closing stages of sets one and three and produced his best tennis when it was most important for the decision maker to cross the finish line first and defend the title.
Nadal had a small advantage in the more advanced exchanges which wasn’t enough to protect him in the last set, despite early chances that could have put him to the top. Speaking of the final, Nadal said it was a crushing defeat at that moment. He did his best and still ended up empty-handed.
From 40-0 in the second game, Rafa suffered a break at Federer’s third chance and pulled it back 3-1 to get back on the positive side of the scoreboard.
At Wimbledon 2007, Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nada in five sets.
The returnees only got six points at the end of the set and reached a tie, which Federer demanded 9: 7 for a massive boost.
The Swiss saved the break chances in the sixth game of the second set before Rafa hit the line winner with a 5-4 break, improving the total score and improving his chances. The Spaniard fended off an opportunity to take a break at the beginning of the third set, with both players serving well until another draw.
Roger won 7-3, forging two sets at an advantage in hopes of sealing the deal in the fourth set. Instead, Nadal started from the beginning and achieved a 4-0 lead. He played at a high level to force a decider after losing seven points in four service games!
Federer had to dive deep into the serve early on, fend off four break opportunities and gain the momentum that brought him home. The Swiss have finished the last four games with breaks in games six and eight to seal the deal in style and join Bjorn Borg on five consecutive Wimbledon crowns.
“It hurt a lot to lose the 2007 Wimbledon final. I was ready to win it this year and I thought this might have been my last chance to win the Wimbledon trophy,” said Rafael Nadal.