Rafael Nadal had a red-hot start to Sunday's Wimbledon final, taking the first two sets against Roger Federer, 6-4, 6-4.
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Roger Federer won 93 of 128 first serves in Sunday's final, a 73-percent clip.
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View From The Top
The chair umpire from Sunday's final converses with Rafael Nadal during a break in the third set.
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Ice In His Veins
The left-handed Nadal denied 12 of Roger Federer's 13 break opportunities on the day.
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A Tidal Wave Of Emotion
Rafael Nadal celebrates a winner, off a long rally, early in the fourth set against Roger Federer. By the fifth set, the two tennis icons would be performing in near-darkness.
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Grace Under Pressure
In the fourth set, Roger Federer fended off consecutive championship points before rallying to win the tiebreaker, 10-8.
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An awestruck Rafael Nadal falls to his feet after locking up his fifth career major victory -- but his first away from the clay courts of Roland Garros in France.
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Brazin' In The Grass
Rafael Nadal has accumulated nearly $18 million in career winnings. But no amount of money can replace the pure elation of a Wimbledon championship.
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One For The Books
It took more than seven real-time hours to complete, thanks to two rain delays, but Rafael Nadal (right) finally takes down Roger Federer at Wimbledon, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (8-10) and 9-7. It was perhaps the second-greatest men's final of all time.
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Larger Than Life
Newly minted Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal passes the giant scoreboard at Centre Court -- with hopes of finding his parents in the stands.
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A Champion Among Royalty
Native son Rafael Nadal accepts congratulations from Spain Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia after his first Wimbledon title.
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A Pause For Jaws
Amid the darkness of the postmatch ceremonies, Rafael Nadal hams it up for the photographers by taking a bite out of the Wimbledon Trophy.
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Old Rivals, Good Friends
With 17 major victories between them, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are definitely the Borg-McEnroe, Edberg-Becker or Sampras-Aggasi of their respective era.
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With the Wimbledon Trophy now in tow, when will Rafael Nadal win the Aussie Open and U.S. Open titles -- the two Slam championships missing from his resume?
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