Widely regarded as an all-time classic and the greatest match in the history of tennis, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal contested in the final of Wimbledon in 2008. Rafael Nadal eventually won the match in five sets, the winner of the contest hardly mattered as it was the game of tennis which had triumphed. The match also added to the legend of the storied rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer which is believed to be the greatest rivalry in the history of the sport. Rafael Nadal won the match with a score of 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(8–10), 9–7.
The match had various rain interruptions which added to the spectacle of the contest. By the time the match was over and the presentations were due, the ceremony was being conducted under flashlights from various spectators in the Centre Court! The match ended at 21:15 BST.
Nadal had won the first two sets 6-4 6-4 after which, many thought the contest was over. But Federer fought back in the next two sets winning them 7-6 in tie-breaks. There was another rain delay when Federer was on course to win the third set. The final set was a classic and it was played in near darkness. Federer failed to convert on the break points which denied him his sixth Wimbledon title. Nadal though held his nerve eventually winning the final set 9-7.
By the time the match was over, the crowd was still in awe of the quality of tennis they had witnessed between two players who would turn out to be two of the greatest tennis players of all-time.