Season 41 Episode 14

Wimbledon 2008 (Day 14)

Aired Daily 12:00 PM Jul 06, 2008 on Wimbledon



  • Trivia

    • This is the sixth time these two have met in a Grand Slam final - an Open era record.

    • If Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer in Today's Final, he will become the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win both Wimbledon and French Open Titles in the Same Year.

    • This is the 3rd Year Running that these two players have met in the Wimbledon Final.

  • Quotes

    • Roger Federer: (losing out to Rafael Nadal) I tried everything. Look, Rafa's a deserving champion. It's been a joy to play here. It's shame I couldn't win it but I'll be back next year.

    • Rafael Nadal: (Beating Roger to become Wimbledon champion) It's impossible to explain how I feel. It's a dream. I never imagined I would win this tournament. It's very tough to play Roger - especially here - he is excellent when he wins and when he loses. He's still the number one and he's still the best. He's won five and I've only won one.

    • Rafael Nadal: (pre-match comments) I'm very happy to be in the final another time, Wimbledon is a very good tournament for me. I will try to play my best tennis on Sunday. Today maybe wasn't my best match here this year but I won in three sets which is very important for me. I'm in the final with very good confidence. I know the best player in the world is on the other side of the net in Roger. I feel I have to play very well to have a chance to win. Anything can happen, I know he is playing well but I am playing well too. Every year and every match is different, it depends how you get to the final, how you are feeling in that moment. Last year was very close, I hope on Sunday to have the same performance, maybe a little better, to have the chance to win and I hope to win this time. If I win here it's probably going to be one of the most important wins in my career but I have to play my best tennis if I want chances to win this title.

    • Marat Safin: (pre-match comments) They will be the greatest tennis players in history. Nadal didn't lose a match on clay since, I don't know, he was 10 maybe. And Federer, he's going for his sixth Wimbledon. He's definitely going to pass the 14 Grand Slams. I guess I can say to my kids that I played against him.

    • Roger Federer:: (pre-match comments) First, somebody has to be able to break that. Rafa is a great competitor. He's got a winning record over me. Every time I play him I want to beat him. He's now become so good on all surfaces that he's a real threat. I enjoy the challenge. That final in Paris is out of the picture. I hardly remember anything of it. It went so quickly. For me it's not really that big a problem. He's always very fiery and it's a little dangerous because he gets the crowd involved. The momentum can shift, but thank God I've played him plenty of times and it's not going to worry me a lot. It's been pretty simple. I haven't had many problems whatsoever throughout the championships. A perfect way to the finals. It's been quite unbelievable, actually. It's a huge thrill every time when I get to another Wimbledon final.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Head-to-Head:

      2008 French Open (Clay) Winner: NADAL 6-1 6-3 6-0

      2008 Hamburg (Clay) Winner: NADAL 7-5 6-7 6-3

      2008 Monte Carlo (Clay) Winner: NADAL 7-5 7-5

      2007 Masters Cup (Hard) Winner: FEDERER 6-4 6-1

      2007 Wimbledon (Grass) Winner: FEDERER 7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2

      2007 French Open (Clay) Winner: NADAL 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4

      2007 Hamburg (Clay) Winner: FEDERER 2-6 6-2 6-0

      2007 Monte Carlo (Clay) Winner: NADAL 6-4 6-4

      2006 Masters Cup (Hard) Winner: Federer 6-4 7-5

      2006 Wimbledon (Grass) Winner: Federer 6-0 7-6 6-7 6-3

      2006 French Open (Clay) Winner: NADAL 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6(4)

      2006 Rome (Clay) Winner: NADAL 6-7 7-6 6-4 2-6 7-6

      2006 Monte Carlo (Clay) Winner: NADAL 6-2 6-7 6-3 7-6

      2006 Dubai (Hard) Winner: NADAL 2-6 6-4 6-4

      2005 French Open (Clay) Winner: NADAL 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3

      2005 Miami (Hard) Winner: FEDERER 2-6 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-1

      2004 Miami (Hard) Winner: NADAL 6-3 6-3