One Moment In Time: Reliving The Greatest Match in Tennis' History

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One Moment In Time: Reliving The Greatest Match in Tennis' History

Each day I live, I want to be

A day to give the best of me...

Federer and Nadal give their all in every match they play. They don't slack; they play each opponent with the same passion, the same heart, the same conviction of winning. The Wimbledon final was no different.

I'm only one—but not alone...

Tennis is a one-man sport—your toughest rival is yourself, and overcoming your doubts and fears. But both players had their teams, their families, their friends, sitting in the player's box. With them, always.

My finest day is yet unknown...

Rafael Nadal had yet to win a major outside of Roland Garros.

I broke my heart for every gain. To taste the sweet, I faced the pain...

Nadal had been to the previous two Wimbledon finals, and lost them both. Those losses would make a first title at the All England Club all the more treasured, all the more precious.

I rise and fall...

Roger Federer had suffered a lapse in form due to a bout of mononucleosis, seeing him—at the Australian Open that year—miss out on a Grand Slam final for the first time since Wimbledon 2005.

Yet through it all, this much remains...

Despite this, he came into the final believing with all his heart that he was capable of winning.

I want one moment in time, when I'm more than I thought I could be...

Neither man's wildest dreams could have envisioned moments and oppurtunities like these.

When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away, and the answers are all up to me...

It was just them and their tennis; that dream was very near, yet at the same time so far away. So much had to happen before either man could take the title.

Give me one moment in time, when I'm racing with destiny...

Fans on both sides were arguing that it was "fate", "destiny", and "the right time" for their man to win. It was the fiercest of competitions; the closest of races.

Then in that one moment of time, I will feel...I will feel...eternity...

The winner's name would be firmly entrenched in the history books—Federer with a record-breaking six consecutive Wimbledon titles, Nadal with the first ever French Open-Queens' Club-Wimbledon triple title run. Yet neither man would ever be forgotten.

I've lived to be the very best...

Neither man is ever satisfied with a satisfactory performance; they both strive for perfection with every match, every game, every point.

I want it all, no time for less...

Both were impatient for victories at every tournament. They entered each match with the certainty that only champions have of winning; they would allow the thought of losing to enter their minds.

I've laid the plans—now lay the chance here in my hands...

Nadal won the first two sets. He just needed chances—and an opponent whose name was not Roger Federer.

Give me one moment in time, when I'm more than I thought I could be...

He got closer to that moment with every point played.

When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away, and the answers are all up to me...

Nadal held two match points in the fourth set tiebreak—but Federer was just too good, and saved them both to take the match into a fifth and final set. That time, it was not all up to Nadal—the skill of his opponent took it far out of his control.

Give me one moment in time, when I'm racing with destiny...

The match heated up, with both players playing tennis that was beyond belief. Tennis in its very purest form; destiny said this match would go down as one of the best ever.

Then in that one moment of time, I will feel...I will feel eternity!

Oh!

You're a winner for a lifetime, if you seize that one moment in time—make it shine!

A third rain delay caused an anti-climax much like this one. It prevented either man gaining momentum, and did nothing but heighten the tension and drama.

Give me one moment in time, when I'm more than I thought I could be...

The players walked back on court with not so much as a point between them. They were equal to each other, in both score and ability. Each was determined to make this day his own.

When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away, and the answers are all up to me...

Federer gained a break point at 3-4, and had he won it he would have served for the championship.

Give me one moment in time! When I'm racing with destiny...

The fading light caused uncertainty as to whether or not the match would finish that day. It was a race against time to crown a champion.

Then in that one moment of time...

Nadal broke in the fifteenth game of the fifth set to lead 8-7.

I will be...I will be!

Oh I will be free!

Oh!

I will be...oh I will be free!

In near darkness, Rafael Nadal collapsed to the ground in victory.

Two men; one surface; one match; one moment.

It will never be forgotten.

NB: Acknowledgements go to Whitney Houston for her song One Moment In Time, and to my wonderful Claire for the video :D

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