Thinking Makes It So: The world of Wimbledon

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By Kelly LeVan

You watched the match, right? Clicked the TV on at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, without even lifting your head? Eventually rubbed your eyes, rolled your pillow in half so you could lean back on it and see the screen, and realized you forgot to take your contacts out the night before?

You watched what many people are saying was the best tennis match ever.

Two tie-breaks. Five sets. Sixteen games in the final set alone. Two rain delays. A total of four hours, 48 minutes of play. And just about every kind of awesome shot a tennis fan could ask for from the two best men’s tennis players in the world.

Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Spain’s Rafael Nadal have played each other in the Wimbledon’s men’s tennis finals before, but never like this – with fans chanting the players’ names and rallies continuing after 9 p.m. (their time) in near darkness.

And, most incredibly of all, Federer lost.

The longtime men’s tennis champion had won the past five Wimbledon finals, and was shooting for six to tie the record set by William Renshaw in the 1800s.

But Sunday, the No. 1 ranked, bionic, robotically tousled Federer, whom no one has beat on grass or at Wimbledon since 2002, fell to Nadal 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7. On grass, at Wimbledon.

Obviously, you already know all this. You watched the match.

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