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"This is the greatest match I've ever seen," said John McEnroe, and the vast majority of people who know a little about tennis still agree to this very day.
Roger Federer had won the title for the past five years (2003-2007), beating Rafael Nadal in the previous two finals. The final in 2007 wasn't a bad match either (the Swiss maestro winning that one in five sets). But it was a drop in the ocean on 2008's spectacle.
In four hours and 48 minutes, the longest men's final in Wimbledon history, the match had everything.
After rain delayed the start, Nadal stunned the defending champion by taking the opening two sets, both 6-4. But Federer hit back by taking two tie-break sets to force a fifth.
The fourth set tie-break, in particular, was extraordinarily dramatic. The Spaniard surged into a 5-2 lead yet Federer pegged him back to 5-5, then missed a forehand on set point to leave things level at six points at the changeover.
Nadal earned a championship point with a stunning forehand passing shot at 7-7, but the Swiss responded with a sumptuous backhand pass down the line to make it 8-8. Then Federer's serve and forehand took over to claim the set with the next two points.
Nadal finally triumphed 9-7 in the fifth set, when Centre Court was virtually in darkness. It was a spectacular match between two outstanding rivals. The classy, graceful, cardigan-wearing artist Federer against the rugged, powerful, yet very humble competitor Nadal.
The crowd were urging the two stars to battle, fighting one another with chants of "Roger" and "Rafa." Back then in 2008, the coaches, families and friends of the two players were sat in the same box, on rows next to each other. One row would rise for one point; the other for the next point.
To dethrone Federer, Nadal had to raise his level. What he'd done in the two previous years (2006 and 2007) hadn't been enough.
The Mallorcan "King of Clay" held his nerve to fend off the fightback of the Swiss hero, producing some incredible tennis never seen before by the tennis world.
This performance by Nadal (and Roger more than played his part, too) hits the top spot in our rankings because not only was it highly dramatic and intense, it also demonstrated the belief that the Spaniard had that he could win the match.
He'd lost the past two years and Federer had all the momentum going into the fifth set. But Rafa found a way to win and that competitive spirit is why he now has 14 Grand Slam titles.
Let's hope we have a fourth instalment of a Roger-Rafa Wimbledon final to come before they both put their feet up...