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"This is the greatest match I've ever seen," said John McEnroe. The match -- the longest men's final in Wimbledon history -- was a 4-hour, 48-minute, twice-rain-delayed, five-set spectacle between the world's two most skilled players at the peak of their abilities. At the conclusion, the second-ranked Nadal achieved his first Wimbledon championship, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7, while preventing the top-ranked Federer from winning his record sixth in a row.

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Text: Collin Orcutt
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