Shamik Das

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Kings of Spain

Viva Vienna: Iker Casillas holds aloft the European Championship trophy    King rat: Rafael Nadal chomps on the Wimbledon silverware

RAFAEL NADAL capped a glorious week for Spain with an epic five-hour, five-set win over Roger Federer tonight.

Following his countrymen's triumph at Euro 2008 last week Nadal beat Federer 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7 in the longest final in Wimbledon history.

In doing so, the Spanish world number two became the first man since Björn Borg to win the French Open and Wimbledon double, and the first Spaniard since Manuel Santana to win on grass.

The moment of victory came at 9:16pm, when five-time defending champion Federer netted with a forehand approach in near darkness, after which Nadal clambered up to the Royal Box to embrace his family.

¡Viva España!

Rafa's moment of victory
Nadal v Federer highlights
Spain v Germany highlights


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