Ten years ago, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal contested a Wimbledon final which many believe is the greatest tennis match ever played.
The final – played out over nearly seven hours because of rain delays – ended with a 22-year-old Nadal finally dethroning Federer, holding off a thrilling fightback from the five-time champion to win 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (8-10) 9-7 as darkness descended on an enraptured Centre Court.
They have not met at Wimbledon since but, incredibly, will go into this year’s tournament ranked one and two in the world, having split the past six Slams between them.
Now aged 36 and 32 respectively, the top-seeded pair are each two wins away from a romantic rematch.
While Federer, Nadal and fellow all-time great Novak Djokovic are old hands at reaching this stage, there are three debutants in the SW19 quarter-finals in Kevin Anderson, Kei Nishikori and John Isner.
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