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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 July 2006, 12:42 GMT 13:42 UK
Wimbledon final photos

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer pose with youngster William Caines

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer arrive on Centre Court for one of the most hotly-anticipated finals in recent years

Roger Federer unleashes the first serve of the match

The Swiss gets the match under way and, despite a couple of errors, holds his serve to take the first game

Rafael Nadal struggles in the opening exchanges

Nadal lacks the same composure and loses his first two service games to trail 4-0 in a whirlwind first set

Roger Federer celebrates a great start

The world number one's awesome early form is translated into a 6-0 first-set victory, to stun his rival and the crowd

Nadal pauses to reflect

After the worst possible start, the young Spaniard takes a moment to regroup and plan his approach to the second set

Nadal celebrates breaking serve

The new strategy pays off with an instant break of serve, to give Nadal hope of getting back into the match

Federer prepares to play a shot in front of a packed Centre Court

Serving for the set at 5-4, Nadal has a wobble and sees Federer's persistence rewarded with a break to level matters

Nadal fights to avoid defeat

Desperate not to lose further ground, the world number two forces a tie-break and moves into a 3-1 lead

Federer celebrates more success

Unfazed by the deficit, an unflappable Federer draws on his experience to win the decider 7-5 and take a two-set lead

Federer and Nadal entertain Centre Court

The third set is a far tighter affair with few errors committed as the players hold serve to set up another tie-break

Nadal takes a 6-2 lead in the third-set tie-break

Once again, Nadal powers into a commanding lead to put real pressure on the champion and give himself a fighting chance

Nadal shows his joy at winning the third set

This time the advantage is not squandered as Federer succumbs 7-2 to put the challenger back in contention

Federer dominates the fourth set and opens a 5-1 lead

Sadly for Nadal, this only seems to inspire Federer who breaks in the fourth and sixth games to move to the brink of victory

Nadal reduces the fourth-set deficit to 5-2

With the Swiss serving for the championship, Nadal breaks to raise his hopes but he still has a lot to do to avoid defeat

Federer wins his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title

A Federer collapse fails to ensue and he comfortably serves out a 6-0 7-6 6-7 6-3 victory

Roger Federer holds the trophy and confirms himself as one of the greats of the game

His fourth consecutive title confirms him as one of the greats and moves him closer to legends Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg


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