Federer, Nadal & the Greatest Match Ever—Oral History, Part 12 of 12

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It's hard to imagine anything topping the 2008 Wimbledon final between Nadal and Federer. (Getty Images)

Few tennis matches have seemed as fated to be classics as the one that was played on Wimbledon’s Centre Court on July 6, 2008. The skies over southwest London were ominous that afternoon, but anticipation had rarely run higher. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were about to face off in another final at the All England Club.

TENNIS Magazine presents: an oral history—and 10th anniversary celebration—of the greatest match ever.


TRAILER: Strokes of Genius, sponsored by Humana


Part 12: Time to unwind

Ted Robinson, NBC and Tennis Channel television commentator: It was the greatest sporting event I’ve had the privilege of being a part of. But when it was over, it was about 9:30 p.m., and after all of that excitement, you have to let it all drop. There’s no hanging around, because the tournament is over. When John and I got back to the hotel, the bar was closing, but we got them to stay open. I went up to my room to drop my stuff off. When I was in there, I got a call from John. He said, “Come over to my room.” 

I walked in and he gave me a beer. We each cracked one, and sat down for a few minutes—we needed to decompress. We were quiet, and then John looked at me and shook his head, and said, “We’ll never see anything like that again.”

Follow the entire oral history at TENNIS.com/StrokesOfGenius


A LANDMARK DOCUMENTARY DURING THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS EVENT IN SPORTS, CELEBRATING THE UNPARALLELED FEDERER-NADAL RIVALRY AND 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREATEST MATCH EVER PLAYED.

In association with All England Lawn & Tennis Club, Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment and Amblin Television.  Directed by Andrew Douglas.

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