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Sea-change moment in Nadal's Wimbledon championship

One year ago, Rafael Nadal believed he would never win Wimbledon after a heartbreaking loss. But on Sunday, in a match rife with unbearable tension, the Spaniard halted Roger Federer's remarkable run and saw his dream of winning at the All England Club come true.

Updated: July 6, 2008, 10:04 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Salt tears flowed in the locker room after Rafael Nadal lost to Roger Federer in last year's Wimbledon final.

Sobbing, he told his scowling coach and uncle, Toni, that he might never be in that position again. He truly believed this, but Toni knew better. Rafa was only 21 years old.

"I told him his life does not change because he has not won this match," Toni said.

On Sunday, after a 4-hour, 48-minute marathon, Nadal ...

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