How the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Rivalry at Wimbledon Shaped Their Careers

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How the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Rivalry at Wimbledon Shaped Their Careers
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Five years have passed since Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal reached the peak of their Wimbledon rivalry. They met three consecutive years in the finals, 2006-08, fascinating the sports world with an epic trilogy that would immortalize their careers.

Their clashes were theatrical, their particular tennis styles forming indelible images and unbelievable contrasts. Their personal brands were magnified. Roger vs. Rafa became mythical and exaggerated to levels that still often define their reputations and legacies.

It was the height of their rivalry, when there seemed to be no end to their unwritten and lyrical librettos. It would also be the sudden end of their meetings on grass, before they would more often overlap with some of their best and worst times to come.

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