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Gamewatch: Federer v Nadal
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Wimbledon men's final result:

R FEDERER Swi (1) bt R NADAL Sp (2)

6-0 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (2-7) 6-3

(seedings in brackets)


By Phil Harlow

Fourth set:

Federer 6-3 Nadal
The answer to that last question is an emphatic "no". After being made to wait longer than he wanted, Federer plays immaculately to go 40-0 up and give himself three Championship points.

A wide backhand from Nadal clinches it. The brilliant Federer seals his fourth Wimbledon title with a shout of delight after coming through what must be the toughest final of his reign at SW19.

Federer 5-3 Nadal
Nadal keeps his side of the bargain by at least holding serve and putting the pressure back on Federer again.

Will the three-time champion be affected by his failure to clinch the match in his last service game?

Federer 5-2 Nadal
Nadal displays more of his trademark fighting spirit as he refuses to roll over. The Spaniard breaks back brilliantly - he simply will not accept defeat.

Nadal goes 30-0 and 40-15 up, and clinches the game when Federer nets a forehand. The crowd have taken him to their hearts.

Federer 5-1 Nadal
A slip proves extremely costly for Nadal as he can only watch sat on his backside as Federer sets up a break point.

And the top seed makes no mistake, racing into the net on a weak Nadal backhand to dispatch the volley and give himself another break and the chance to serve for the Championship.

Federer 4-1 Nadal
Federer is right back in the groove now and holds serve easily. Nadal looks slightly shaken by dropping serve in the last game.

Federer 3-1 Nadal
The first break of the fourth set goes Federer's way as Nadal plays a dreadful volley on break point.

Standing almost on top of the net and with the whole court to aim at, Nadal - perhaps affected by the windy conditions on Centre Court - puts the volley several feet long. Potentially a major turning point in the match.

1643 BST: "Not even a gripping Grand Slam final between the two best players in the world can keep the Royal Box-ers from their tea. The Box is half empty, although the Duke of Kent remains glued to his seat. Not literally, we hope."
Caroline Cheese, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Federer 2-1 Nadal
A chink of light for Nadal as he goes 30-0 up on Federer's serve, but the Swiss quickly responds to go 40-30 up.

Nadal forces deuce, but two superb serves later Federer gets his second game of the set on the board. Neither player is giving an inch in this set.

Federer 1-1 Nadal
Nadal comes straight back at Federer with a reasonably comfortable hold. The Spaniard is the man with the momentum at the minute.

Federer 1-0 Nadal
After a lengthy "comfort break" Federer returns to get the fourth set under way. This is almost unchartered territory for him after winning every game in straight sets since last year's third round.

He holds serve well, with a brilliant drop volley and lets out an audible "come on". He knows - if he didn't before - that he is in a serious contest now.

Third set:

Federer 6-7 (2-7) Nadal
Nadal starts the tie-break like a force of nature and wins the first point brilliantly. There is no doubting his commitment as he pumps his fist like he's scored the winner in the World Cup final.

He goes 2-0 up before Federer comes back to 2-2. But an inspired Nadal then reels off four points in a row to go 6-2 up and give himself four set points.

The world number two takes the first one that comes his way and makes Federer drop a set for the first time in the tournament.

Federer 6-6 Nadal
Federer is simply imperious as he holds to love for the second game in a row. Nadal is perhaps keeping his powder dry for an all-out assault in the tie-break to follow.

Federer 5-6 Nadal
Nadal is still a bundle of energy and puts the pressure back on Federer with a convincing hold.

"Nadal's attitude to the game suggests he's going to be around for a long time on all surfaces."
BBC summariser Jimmy Connors

Federer 5-5 Nadal
Federer is upping his game once again, playing probably his most fluent tennis of the match. Nadal barely has a chance to get going as the masterful Federer once again holds to love.

Federer 4-5 Nadal
Nadal is hanging in there as we reach the two hour mark.

An overhit Federer return gives another service hold to Nadal and means he will have to serve to stay in the set with his next game.

Federer 4-4 Nadal
Federer fires a fierce volley from no more than five feet away from Nadal. Acting more out of self-defence than anything else, Nadal blocks it away with his racquet and is as surprised as anyone to see it turn into a perfect volley into open court.

But despite closing to 30-30, Nadal once again sees Federer stretch away to hold.

Federer 3-4 Nadal
The Centre Court crowd are willing Nadal on as he continues to give his all.

A backhand winner gives him game point, and then he follows it up with an unreturnable serve to keep himself in the running.

Federer 3-3 Nadal
Nadal is still playing with full-blooded intent, and gets his reward with a break point after a rare Federer double fault.

But Federer saves the break point and, another point later, puts away an underhit return clinically to hold serve.

Federer 2-3 Nadal
Nadal recovers from 30-0 down to hold on as Federer lets a potential opportunity slip by. The defending champion seems to be content to wait for his opponent - who must now take some chances - to make a mistake.

Federer 2-2 Nadal
The look on Federer's face when he makes a mistake is a picture, as if he cannot believe anything over than perfection can flow off his racquet.

Federer makes a couple of mistakes in the game, but Nadal cannot get close enough to make it count and the top seed holds again.

Federer 1-2 Nadal
Nadal is hurting his own chances with double faults at crucial times and another in this game lets Federer back into a game he should have been out of.

Nadal, though, is nothing if not resolute and battles back to hold again.

"Nadal looks like he's a runner out there, while Federer looks like he's come straight from ballet school. He's on his tip-toes and just looks so graceful."
BBC summariser Jimmy Connors

Federer 1-1 Nadal
Federer hits back with a service hold of his own. The defending champion is sending in more slices now as if Nadal didn't have enough on his plate.

Federer 0-1 Nadal
A great response from Nadal, who must have been shattered by the conclusion to the second set.

He holds to love, sealing the game with one of the shots of the match as he sends a whipped backhand flashing across the advancing Federer.

Second set:

Federer 7-6 (7-5) Nadal
The tie-break goes with serve until Nadal hits a brilliant backhand winner down the line on the fourth point to go 3-1 up.

The unflappable Federer does not panic though and - assisted by some ill-advised shots from his opponent - process to win the next five points for a 6-3 lead.

Nadal digs deep to win the next two on his serve to close to 6-5, but can only send a backhand into the net as Federer wins the set on his third set point.

The usually impassive Swiss pumps his fist and shouts out a yell of celebration - he knows how hard he has been pushed in this set, and is well aware that he has taken a huge step towards his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title.

1535 BST: A rare show of emotion from Federer there, pumping his fist as he looks to his support camp. His coach Tony Roche continues to chew a rubber band. That can't be good for you, can it?
Caroline Cheese, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Federer 6-6 Nadal
Nadal may be giving off bad vibes with his body language, but his in-built determination cannot be questioned.

A huge ace takes him to 40-15 and a two-handed backhand seals the game and brings up the tie-break.

"Momentum is very important in a final and, with that break of serve, Federer certainly has it going for him."
BBC summariser Jimmy Connors

Federer 6-5 Nadal
Federer holds to love against a downcast Nadal. The Spaniard's shoulders are slumped and his play lacklustre, no doubt a reaction to the missed opportunity of the previous game.

Federer 5-5 Nadal
A vicious kicking serve sets Nadal on his way, but Federer turns the screw to force two mistakes and put the Nadal serve under pressure at 15-30.

The pressure tells as a double fault gives Federer two break points. A horribly overhit forehand soars over the baseline and Federer secures the break back. The Spaniard is absolutely furious with himself.

1514 BST: "During the changeovers, Nadal carefully unscrews the cap on one of his water bottles, takes a drink, replaces the cap in the same painstaking fashion before placing it back in the exact same position on the grass, with the label facing towards the court.

"He then repeats all that with the other bottle, all the while shuffling about in his chair."
Caroline Cheese, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Federer 4-5 Nadal
Federer is not giving this set up as a lost cause by any means. He sends out a message to his opponent by holding to love and putting the pressure back on Nadal.

Federer 3-5 Nadal
Nadal looks like a different player from the meek soul who was whitewashed in the first set. He is taking firm control of the lengthier rallies and keeping Federer at bay. The Spaniard holds to love - if he can do that in the next game the set is his.

Federer 3-4 Nadal
Nadal's sheer power is coming through now and is giving Federer problems. Nevertheless, the world number one holds on to his serve with some beautiful groundstrokes keeping his opponent forever on the move.

Federer 2-4 Nadal
Nadal holds off another Federer surge with aplomb, shrugging off a slip that costs him the chance to seal the game by picking himself up to serve an ace on the next game point.

Federer 2-3 Nadal
The match is shaping up nicely after the surprise of the first set. Federer is playing with real assurance as he holds again.

Federer 1-3 Nadal
Nadal holds after saving a break point as Federer looks to get back on even terms. With Nadal's reluctance to come to the net, the rallies are getting longer as the pair start to go toe-to-toe.

A couple of fearsome volleys at the net give some indication to Nadal's state of mind - "incensed" would probably sum it up.

1451 BST: "Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood is clapping every time Roger Federer wins a point. She's probably impressed by the world number one's Nike/Prada designed cream blazer."
Caroline Cheese, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Federer 1-2 Nadal
Stung by dropping his serve in his previous service game, Federer ups his game again to hold comfortably.

Nadal looks much more at home on Centre Court, and now finds the scoreboard more comforting reading than 10 minutes ago.

Federer 0-2 Nadal
Some of the swagger is back for Nadal as he holds serve for the first time in the match, and to love for good measure.

Remarkably, after his first set masterclass, unforced errors are popping up in Federer's game.

Federer 0-1 Nadal
Nadal knows he has to get a foothold in the match soon if he is to harbour any hopes of getting himself back into the running and the Spaniard gets his wish with a break in Federer's opening game.

The world number two shows real character to force Federer to deuce with a glorious winner down the line. And then he keeps the pressure on and forces Federer to make a mistake to earn the break.

First set:

Federer 6-0 Nadal
Federer earns another break - and set - point after Nadal sends a simple forehand volley flying past the baseline.

Nadal saves the break point with some good work at the net, and then has to save another in quick succession. But a breathtaking backhand passing shot on Federer's third break point clinches a totally one-sided opening set.

Federer has barely put a foot wrong, but where does Nadal go from here?

Federer 5-0 Nadal
Federer is looking every inch the three-time champion while Nadal is shrinking from the powerful figure who strode to the final. Federer holds to love and the scoreline gets even worse for Nadal.

Federer 4-0 Nadal
After looking so composed on his way to the final, Nadal is suddenly finding errors coming off his racquet with alarming frequency.

Another break of serve effectively ends Nadal's interest in the first set. It's been a disastrous start for the young Spaniard.

Federer 3-0 Nadal
Federer is stamping his considerable authority on this match from the off as he holds comfortably. Nadal has scarcely left the baseline so far, and Federer has picked him off.

Federer 2-0 Nadal
An early crisis for Nadal as a mishit and a double fault leave him 30-0 down on his first service game.

The tentative looking second seed levels at 30-30 but another error gives Federer the first break point of the match. Nadal saves it, but - despite having his opponent running all over the court - cannot save the next as a brilliant running forehand seals the break of serve for Federer.

Federer 1-0 Nadal
Nadal takes the first point of the match as Federer sends a forehand long. Federer makes another mistake with a volley into the net to let Nadal back to 30-30, but the world number one closes out the game well.

The players are like two boxers in the opening round, searching for a weakness in their opponent.

1408 BST: Federer is on a world record run of 47 consecutive grass court victories, having not lost on the surface since the 2002 Wimbledon tournament against Mario Ancic.

But Nadal, the world number two, is the only player around at the moment who appears to have Federer's number. The 20-year-old has won six of their seven meetings, although the pair have never met on grass before.

1406 BST: The players go through the familiar pre-match knock-up routine, with both players looking reasonably relaxed in front of the packed crowd.

1402 BST: Is Nadal engaging in some mind games early on?

Although hardly in the Sir Alex Ferguson/Arsene Wenger league, the youngster keeps Federer waiting in the middle of the court with the umpire for more than a minute while he has something to eat and fiddles around with the contents of his bag.

1358 BST: The players are led from the locker room and through the rooms and corridors of the All England Club. They are kept waiting for an agonising two minutes before being let out onto Centre Court on the stroke of the hour.

Nadal looks like a coiled spring, bouncing around on his toes, while Federer looks altogether more relaxed in his famous cream jacket.

1356 BST: "I know I'll have to play my best tennis and I'll be trying my best."
Rafael Nadal talking to BBC Sport

"Potentially, this could be my toughest final. We've never played on grass before - I hope that works to my advantage, but we'll see."
Roger Federer talking to BBC Sport

1355 BST: A very tanned Jonny Wilkinson, the England fly-half, takes his place in the crowd.

1345: "It's a cold and very blustery afternoon at the All England Club and the wind could play a part. When the pair met at last year's French Open in similar conditions, Federer's more extravagant shot-making suffered in the wind. Jimmy Connors' jacket could also prove distracting."
Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

1341 BST: The pundits on Centre Court continue to talk up the chances of the two players in what has the potential to be one of the all-time classic Wimbledon finals.

Somewhat incongruously, a brass band plays an instrumental version of Tony Christie's "Is this the way to Amarillo?" in the background. Barker, McEnroe and Connors do their best to ignore the distraction.

1327 BST: John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, who supplied one of the most potent of Wimbledon rivalries, go through some pre-match analysis on Centre Court with Sue Barker.

Connors is wearing an eye-catching electric blue sports jacket, topped off with a green and yellow tie. Do not adjust your sets.

Wimbledon final photos
09 Jul 06 |  Tennis


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