Rafael Nadal of Spain (R) is embraced by Roger Federer of Switzerland after defeating him in their finals match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Britain, July 6, 2008. REUTERS/Pool
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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have shared the Grand Slam spoils this year and it would take a hard heart not to hope for a fairy-tale rematch next month of their epic 2008 Wimbledon final.In 2008, Nadal was just 22 . He survived two rain breaks and an enthralling Federer fightback to end the Swiss' five-year reign as Wimbledon champion to finally triumph 6-4 6-4 6-7(5) 6-7(8) 9-7 after defeats in the 2006 and 2007 finals.The match, at four hours and 48 minutes, is still the longest final in Wimbledon history. Nadal, the world No. 2, pulled out of the traditional grass-court warmup tournament, the Aegon Championships at London's Queen's Club, to rest up for his challenge for a third Wimbledon title while preparing in his native Mallorca.He missed Wimbledon last year with a wrist injury and since he lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2011 final, Nadal has had an underwhelming run, with each of his four subsequent visits ending in defeat to a player ranked 100 or lower.
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