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Becker's verdict on men's final

Boris Becker
By Boris Becker
Three-time Wimbledon champion

I've never seen a final that was so nail-biting but the right player won and it signals a changing of the guard.

Roger Federer (left) and Rafael Nadal
I'm convinced Federer can win Wimbledon again and I wouldn't be surprised if the two met again in a Wimbledon final

Boris Becker
We were watching two of the greatest players to have played this beautiful game of tennis; Roger Federer, arguably the greatest player who's lived, against arguably the best player on clay who's ever lived.

By winning Sunday's final Rafael Nadal became the first person since Bjorn Bjorg to win Wimbledon and the French Open in the same year and whoever wins the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year is the best player in the world.

The rankings may still have Federer as number one but it's only a matter of time before Nadal takes over.

Losing to Nadal at Wimbledon is a serious blow to Roger. He's never been in that kind of situation and I'm curious to see how he handles this summer.

He wants to go to the Olympics and defend his US Open crown and we'll see his true character.

I'm convinced he can win Wimbledon again and I wouldn't be surprised if the two met again in a Wimbledon final because Roger is only 26 years old and Nadal is 22.

But I was so nervous watching - I can't imagine what it was like being in the Federer or Nadal camps.

It was the best final I've seen, and I'm including the Bjorn Borg versus John McEnroe classic back in 1980 and some of Pete Sampras' finals in that.

Nadal played better throughout the whole five sets, while Federer only raised his level in the third set when he really needed to.


The first two sets were one sided but from the third set on Federer played how I expected him to play from the very beginning, using his big serve and forehand.

In the first two sets Federer was timid, he wasn't sure whether he should come in or stay back, but then the match exceeded expectations and it was amazing to be part of it.

Federer wouldn't be Federer if he didn't come back with something amazing. Whenever he was down he'd come back with ace or the great forehand down the line. It was just amazing to watch.

Boris Becker was speaking on BBC One

see also
Nadal wins epic Wimbledon final
06 Jul 08 |  Tennis
Federer stung by 'hardest loss'
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Federer v Nadal as it happened
06 Jul 08 |  Tennis
Henman on Nadal's Wimbledon win
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Wimbledon photos
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