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By Tim Henman
Former British number one

Rafael Nadal's victory over Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon men's final is the best match I have ever seen.

There is no doubt about that. The way that it ebbed and flowed with Nadal dominating, Federer hanging in there and the rain delays, I simply don't know what more you could have in a tennis match.

I cannot think of a better match in history, everyone was talking about last year's final being the best ever, but for me Nadal's win is the best match I've ever seen.

And the fact it came in a Wimbledon final makes it extra special.

Rafael Nadal
I think the world order has changed and it's just a matter of time before it is recognised in the rankings

Tim Henman

It's so tough to pinpoint one area where Nadal won it. There was barely anything to separate them; it just came down to a question of the Spaniard's endurance and his sheer determination.

I think the world order has changed and it's just a matter of time before it is recognised in the rankings.

Federer remains as the world number one, but Nadal has been the best player in the world in 2008 and is sure to end Federer's incredible run as world number one.

Nadal isn't top of the rankings yet because it's measured over a 12-month period but I'd be very, very surprised if it doesn't happen.

It's going to be a very long road back for five-time Wimbledon champion Federer. Wimbledon is the tournament he cherishes more than anything and this defeat will hurt.

He is too good a player not to bounce back from this, but it will be tough especially following his heavy loss to Nadal in the French Open final a few weeks back.


He doesn't need to change anything in his game; it will be psychologically that he will have to recover.

As for Nadal dominating Wimbledon over the next few years, I don't think he will win five in a row like Federer has, but he will be extremely tough to beat.

The way he has adapted his game and made improvements on grass has been a real joy to watch.

His character is such that he will continue to work hard, progress and improve.

And that is a scary thought for men's tennis.

Roll on the hard court season.

Tim Henman was talking to Paul Birch

see also
Becker's verdict on men's final
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Nadal wins epic Wimbledon final
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Federer stung by 'hardest loss'
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Federer v Nadal as it happened
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Nadal win sets up Federer final
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Henman on Murray
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Tim Henman column
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Henman ready for new chapter
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