A clearly demoralized Federer moved to Wimbledon to defend his title and make it a record sixth title. The stakes were higher with Nadal winning the Queen's Club tournament (a warm up tournament for Wimbledon).
The match started and after two sets there was considerable amount of shock and disbelief in the spectators. Nadal had won both sets! It had to be one of the greatest comebacks of all time to win from there.
If there was a person who could do it, it had to be Roger Federer.
As expected Federer started a comeback and soon made it two sets all amid rain interruptions winning both sets in the tie breaker. the match went well into the fifth hour as Nadal finally broke Federer to lead 8-7.
He then served to win 6-4 6-4 6-7(5) 6-7(8) 9-7 which is considered one of the greatest matches of all time. The match had lasted 4 hours 47 minutes and ended in mere darkness.
A totally shattered Federer couldn't believe how things had changed.
Nadal went on to dethrone Federer from the number 1 ranking. Federer had held it for a record 237 weeks! Federer, for the great man he is, went on to win his fifth US open title. Another record! No other player had won 5 consecutive titles twice in the Open era.
Nadal managed to hold on to his number 1 ranking till the year end. 2009 was considered to be an exciting year with top four players in great form.