As the ‘Fedal’ XL chapter is on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, Rafael Nadal shared the most emotional moment from his career which took place in the lawns of SW19. The Wimbledon 2008 final match, which dealt with rain delays and the Centre Court ecstasy was atypical that year are closest to Rafa. He elaborated upon his 11-year-old sensations when he defeated his foe, Roger Federer after exchanging blows for five sets.
“Being a very hard match especially what happened in the fourth set with match point and with an advantage in the tiebreak and it was always my dream to win here. So finally when that happened, it was one of the most emotional moments in my career. Probably if I don’t win that last game we needed to stop because it was unbelievably late,” Rafael Nadal reminisced.
While speaking about his victory in 2008, Nadal was on the verge of breaking down and also fell short of words to explain his instincts from that match. He always had a desire to win Wimbledon more than he had it for French Open and when he sensed that happening in a heroic way, it was an unconvincing moment for the Spaniard. It was the first time when Rafael Nadal bit a Grand Slam trophy other than his Roland-Garros title.
Before playing 2008 finals, Rafael Nadal lost two consecutive times to Federer at Wimbledon finals and that year, Rafa stepped on the court with an innate desire to win against Roger.
Besides the emotions which were gushing through him, he vividly remembers the ambiance of the Centre Court.“The image of the court with all the lights and flags was unbelievable. It was just an emotional moment I think. Everybody knows how important it was for me to win here. After losing two finals in a row, so for me, it was very very emotional to see of them in that situation,” he mentioned.
After his first victory at Wimbledon, the Spaniard also expressed his gratitude towards the Royal Box. “Well, he was the prince at that moment, not the king yet. Now, he’s is the king. At that moment I didn’t realize they are there. Somebody told me they are there, so I said, ok I am going. Just to say thanks or being there in that moment,” Rafael Nadal added