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Reversal of fortune for Rafael Nadal

Originally Published: January 29, 2012
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- When it comes to five-set final thrillers, Rafael Nadal now has been a part of two of tennis history's most epic Grand Slam battles of attrition.

In 2008, Nadal was declared the King of Wimbledon with a stunning 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7 win that denied Roger Federer a sixth consecutive Wimbledon trophy. That 4-hour, 48-minute match had it all: drama, rain, two match points squandered by Nadal in the fourth set and a finish in the gloaming that just offered ...

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