Rafael Nadal on 2008 Wimbledon final: I didn’t expect to beat Roger Federer on grass

20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal described Roger Federer as a “perfect tennis player” and acknowledged that it’s very hard to predict the Swiss’ play. 

Nadal, 35, and 40-year-old Federer have had many big battles and their rivalry is one of the biggest in tennis history. 

Nadal has a positive head-to-head record against Federer as he has 24 wins and 16 losses against the Swiss. 

Unfortunately for tennis fans, Nadal and Federer haven’t met since the 2019 Wimbledon semifinal. 

“Roger is a perfect tennis player too. His game is outstandingly modernistic. He can play in various ways, that make it very difficult for his opponents to predict his play,” Nadal told Number Web.

Nadal recalls the 2008 Wimbledon final 

Some believe that the 2008 Wimbledon final was the greatest match in tennis history. 

In the 2008 Wimbledon final, Nadal edged out Federer 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7. 

“I was feeling like ‘I’m enjoying the best moment in my career’ during the match and I think so was him,” Nadal revealed. 

“As you know, I’m not so good at playing on grass court, so it meant a lot for me to overcome that to win Wimbledon. I didn’t expect to win against Roger Federer on grass. The match was full of adrenaline.”

Recently, Toni Nadal admitted he never imagined Nadal and Federer would achieve as much as they have achieved. 

“I could never have imagined that they would achieve as much as they did,” Toni said of Nadal and Federer, as quoted on Tennis Majors. “Federer, yes, we saw that he would be one of the best in history — because he does everything well. When I saw that Rafael at [23 or 24 years old] had already [won every] Grand Slam, I started to think that he could win a lot and that he could aspire to be one of the best.”