That was Djokovic's first title of any sort on grass, allowed him to overtake Nadal atop the rankings and cemented the Serb as the new man to beat in tennis. He followed that up by beating Nadal in the finals at the U.S. Open in September and Australian Open in January, too.
They are the first men to meet in four successive Grand Slam finals; even Nadal and Federer never played each other in more than two in a row, although their eight major finals overall (Nadal leads 6-2) is a record.
"When I started to play well, Roger always was there. With Novak, it's little bit the other way: I was there, and then he came," said Nadal, who has played in five Wimbledon finals, winning two. "So (it's) difficult for me to analyze which rivalry is more important, less important, more attractive, less attractive."
There is something about which Nadal is certain, however, when it comes to all of these matchups with Djokovic and Federer on the sport's biggest stages.
"If you are not able to improve your level of tennis," Nadal said, "you are dead."
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