Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer’s five-year reign at Wimbledon surviving three rain delays in winning a riveting five-set marathon to claim his first title at the All England Club. He won 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7.
Nadal becomes the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same season.
Federer and Nadal battled into the fifth set at the Wimbledon men’s final before a second rain delay halted play.
Federer fought off two championship points to win a fourth-set tiebreaker 10-8 and force the final set, which was tied at 2 when play stopped.
Nadal won the first two sets, but Roger Federer returned from a rain delay to win the third in the men’s Wimbledon final Sunday at the All England Club.
Nadal, ranked second in the world, won the first two sets 6-4, 6-4 in a bid for his first Wimbledon crown. But Federer closed out the third set by winning a tiebreaker 7-5 after a rain delay of 1 hour, 25 minutes.
The matchup is the third straight in the tournament between the Spaniard and world No. 1 Federer who was seeking his sixth consecutive title in the grass-court Grand Slam.