Sunday's championship win capped off a remarkable run by Nadal which has seen him take titles on
three different playing surfaces, a feat accomplished more often on the WTA Tour than the ATP Tour.
Nadal's 29 match winning streak includes two claycourt championship wins at Hamburg and Paris, two
titles in London on grass and one hardcourt title at Toronto.
“I win on every surface,” Nadal said Sunday. “I win on grass, on hard, on indoor, and on clay, too.
So if I am playing my best tennis, I can win on every surface.”
The lefthander claimed his first Wimbledon crown by beating world number one Roger Federer of
Switzerland 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5-7), 6–7(8-10), 9–7, in the longest Wimbledon final
in history, playing for 4 hours and 48 minutes. Nadal also became the first male player to win the
French Open and Wimbledon in the same year since Bjorn Borg of Sweden in 1980.
Federer has held the number one ranking for a record 235 consecutive weeks. But he trails Nadal head
to head 6-12 and has lost all four of their meetings this year. Nadal's victory Sunday cut Federer's
lead in the rankings to only 300 points as Federer now stands at 6605 points with Nadal at 6305 points.
Nadal and Federer could only meet in the final at this week’s Western & Southern Financial Group Masters
A title this week from Nadal and a loss by defending champion Federer before the semifinals would make
Nadal the new world number one player.
“Every player wants to be number one, I would love to be number one, but I am number two right now,”
Nadal said. “I’m very happy to be number two, because with my titles, with my points, in a normal situation
I would have been number one before.
“So I think I have to be happy, very happy anyway, if I am number one or number two. Because if I am
number two, it’s because in front of me there is amazing player like Roger.”