WATCH: Federer and Nadal are more alike than we think

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Federer and Nadal have been entertaining tennis fans for more than a decade. (Tennis Channel)

Strokes of Genius, the definitive documentary about the 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, premieres worldwide July 1 on Tennis Channel. The match is widely considered to be the greatest of all time, and with its 10-year anniversary approaching, it's time for a proper revisit.

One thing that is clear, no matter who you support, is the fact that both men will go down as two of the greatest to ever play the sport. And while their styles couldn't be more different, both players know that the same thing drives them: winning.

See for yourself in this clip:

Sports Illustrated editor Jon Wertheim, whose book the film is based on, says "these guys, they come at tennis so differently, their games are nothing alike." But he also adds that, "it seems completely rational to root for both of them."

The reason fans flock towards both Roger and Rafa is the passion that each of them brings to the game. It's what makes this rivalry so fascinating, even to this day. It's rare enough that you'll get a chance to see one legend in his or her prime, but we've had a chance to see these two legends multiple times.

For more, watch Strokes of Genius July 1 on Tennis Channel.


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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