Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer to win the Men’s Wimbledon Championship! He won in five sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7), in what was probably the best Wimbledon final I’ve ever watched. I was convinced the 5th set would go on forever. Once it hit 7 all, I just couldn’t picture either of these men getting broken. And then he did it. Rafa broke Roger to make it 8-7. I nearly lost my mind. My obnoxious roommate was in the other room, cheering for Federer. She’s lucky I didn’t come out there and beat her to death with my remote control. (Seriously, I contemplated it. I don’t think she realized she was seconds away from death at the hands of an enraged fangirl.) Rafa was serving for the match, he was going to win. Then, improbably, Roger came back and brought it to deuce. And I thought all was lost. Roger would break back. The match would go on. My brain would explode from the anxiety. But Rafa showed us all why he is the new number one player in the world. He held on, advantage Nadal. Cut to me screaming my lungs out at the tv. Then he did it. He finished off the titan Roger Federer, on what is (I mean WAS) basically his home court. Preventing the legend from winning SIX freaking Wimbledons in a row. Six. I guess he’ll just have to console himself with his other five trophies. I actually stopped hating him for a moment as I looked at his devastated face. He was also humble and gracious while losing. It’s funny how when they get knocked off their thrones, the evil monarchs don’t look quite so scary.
So congratulations Rafa. You are amazing. You are hot. You are the Wimbledon Champion in 2008. Your ass looked fabulous in those white pants. You deserve every accolade. I am now thismuchcloser to starting my own Rafa fangirl site. I really don’t know how I can avoid it at this point :)