Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal star on NBCSN’s Breakfast at Wimbledon on Tuesday night, celebrating some of the All England Club’s greatest finals.
Coverage begins at 7 ET, also streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.
First up: Perhaps the greatest tennis match ever: Nadal vs. Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final. It marked the longest Wimbledon final in history (to that point), a 4-hour, 48-minute affair twice delayed by rain (before Centre Court’s retractable roof). It ended at 9:16 p.m. local time.
Nadal prevailed 9-7 in the fifth set, winning his first Wimbledon title and ending Federer’s streak at five. It was signaled as the changing of the guard atop the sport. Later that summer, Nadal won the Olympic singles title and snatched the No. 1 ranking from Federer.
Nadal spent the next decade-plus chasing Federer’s Grand Slam titles total. He’s now as close as ever. Federer has the male record of 20. Nadal is at 19.
Later Tuesday, Federer returns for the 2009 Wimbledon final (10 p.m.). Nadal could not defend his title due to knee tendonitis. Instead, Federer met an old rival — American Andy Roddick.
The Swiss prevailed in a gut-wrenching 16-14 final set over Roddick, who retired three years later without a Wimbledon title and without a win over Federer at any Slam. Federer broke Pete Sampras’ male record with a 15th Grand Slam singles title.
Finally at 1 a.m., Venus Williams captures the third of her five Wimbledon titles, rallying past Lindsay Davenport 4-6, 7-6 (4), 9-7 in the 2005 final. At 2 hours, 45 minutes, it marked the longest women’s final in tournament history — an hour longer than the following day’s men’s final.
Williams, at No. 16, was the lowest-ranked women’s champion in history (a record she broke in 2007). She hadn’t made a Grand Slam semifinal in two years.
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|2008 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final||7 p.m.||NBCSN | STREAM LINK|
|2009 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final||10 p.m.||NBCSN | STREAM LINK|
|2005 Wimbledon Ladies’ Final||1 a.m.||NBCSN | STREAM LINK|