Rafael Nadal reached the All England Club’s championship match in 2008 after suffering two painful losses to Roger Federer in back-to-back Wimbledon finals. In a thrilling final, the Spaniard defeated the Swiss to win his first Major title outside of Paris and the first “Channel Slam” since Bjorn Borg‘s era.
Rafa missed Wimbledon in 2009 due to an injury, but he came back strongly in 2010 to win the second championship at the tennis cathedral. Because of his quarterfinal loss against Tomas Berdych, who went on to face Rafa, Roger Federer missed the Wimbledon championship match for the first time since 2002.
To stay on the title path, Nadal had to put in a lot of effort in the early stages. He beat Robin Haase and Philipp Petzschner then played well against Robin Soderling and Andy Murray to advance to his fourth Wimbledon final in a row.
Rafa was the favorite to defeat Tomas due to his extensive expertise in illustrious matchups. He demonstrated that by winning 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in two hours and thirteen minutes to win his eighth Major title at the age of 24. Both players made a comparable number of winners and unforced errors, but Nadal drove his rival into almost 40 errors in order to dominate the match’s tempo and win it in straight sets.
In 2010, Rafael Nadal won his second and final Wimbledon championship.
Rafa extended his streak by thwarting four break attempts and four opponent serve steals. After six easy holds on both teams, Nadal broke first at 15 in game seven and added another at 5-3 for the match’s most dependable start.
Tomas sprayed a forehand error while serving at 5-6 in set number two, taking a break at love and falling two sets to love down. This moved Rafa closer to the finish line. After serving at 5-4 in the final set, the Spaniard delivered a flawless forehand crosscourt winner to take the break and win the title—an emotional victory given that he had missed Wimbledon the year before.
“Before the championship match, I was quite anxious to get on the court. Even though I knew Tomas is a fantastic player and he was well-prepared, I still felt like the favorite. I was confident I could win the match if I played well. That caused me to feel anxious before the game.
Although the experience was far from perfect, I managed to act appropriately when it mattered most. I made the most of my chances by playing solid tennis and never dropping a serve. I performed perfectly that day since that was what I had to do. I also had an advantage because I had played in more matches like that than he had “said Rafael Nadal.