Rafa Nadal’s rise to the top

Not only did Rafael Nadal win his fourth consecutive French Open title this year, but he also knocked Roger Federer off the top-spot in the world rankings.

We all know that 2008 has been a fantastic year for Rafael Nadal. Not only did the 22-year-old win his fourth consecutive French Open title, but he also knocked Roger Federer off the top-spot in the world rankings – beating the Swiss maestro on his favourite surface, at his favourite tournament: Wimbledon.

The 2008 Wimbledon final will go down in history as one of the all-time greats. A 5-set thriller that had the world on the edge of their seats.

A match that saw the king of clay power through and overthrow the king of grass.

But arguably more important than the title itself, the victory allowed Nadal to claim number one in the World for the first time, knocking Federer off for the first time in over four years.

Click the video to see how Nadal made it to number one in the World.

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