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Court Rivalries Make Tennis History at Wimbledon

At the Wimbledon championship, tennis rival took to the court, where Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer, who had won for the past five years, while Venus Williams defeated her sister, Serena. A sports reporter describes the event.

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  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    It was an epic battle, immediately dubbed one of the greatest matches in tennis history.

  • TELEVISION ANNOUNCER:

    That is amazing!

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    And when it was over, the challenger, 22-year-old Rafael Nadal of Spain, had vanquished five-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer of Switzerland.

  • TELEVISION ANNOUNCER:

    It is official, a changing of the guard at Wimbledon.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    The two rivals dueled back and forth through five sets, complete with acts of God — there were two rain delays — and incredible acts of man — powerful serves, slashing shots, and stirring rallies.

    Yesterday's match followed an all-Williams women's final Saturday, as Venus Williams experienced the thrill of victory at Wimbledon for the fifth time and the agony, or at least the ambivalence, of defeating her younger sister, Serena.

    VENUS WILLIAMS, pro tennis player: She's my little sister, and I love her so much. So that makes it tough, because I don't want her to lose, but I still want to win.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    The sisters did team up to win the women's doubles title.

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