Muttering obscenities under his breath, qb had to leave for work at 3-4 in the fifth set of this epic, with the players on serve, Verdasco playing out of his mind, and Nadal doing everything he can to keep the ball in play in the face of a withering assault by his 14th-seeded countryman. (Nearly 100 winners by Verdasco in this match, with serves clocked at 135+ mph even after nearly five hours of play.) Once again, Nadal grinds it out and gives us another gift, a Nadal-Federer championship final. Two classy players, a Grand Slam hardcourt stage, and history on the line with Federer challenging Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam singles titles.
Update: Congratulations, Rafa (in 5) – what a great and humble champion.