• Darkness hurts Federer in Wimbledon final

    7/7/08 1:22 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Darkness hurts Federer in Wimbledon final Wimbledon trophy heartbreak which ended in darkness didn't draw a complaint from Roger Federer as he lost in five sets to Rafael Nadal.

    The thriller twice interrupted by rain was stretched to the limit of believability as Federer save three match points in two different sets before finally falling victim to a loose shot made almost in the dark after an afternoon of two rain interruptions and a late match start.

    “(I) kept on playing, I didn't argue”, said the sombre Swiss after his first grass-court loss since 2002. “I guess I would have said something if I would have broken back to go, what was it, 8-all (in the fifth set). I mean, it wasn't possible to play anymore, so...”

    With television making light on the screen look brighter than in real life, Federer said he knew that coming back to finish the high-voltage contest - one of the best ever in the history of the event - would have been a tough call.

    “It would have been brutal for fans, for media, for us, for everybody to come back tomorrow”.

    “But what are you gonna do? It's rough on me now, obviously to lose the biggest tournament in the world over maybe a bit of light”.

    “But it's not the first time anyway against Rafa. I lost to him in Paris, so it's not a whole lot of fun, but it's the way it is. I can only congratulate Rafa for a great effort”.

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