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Record-setting Slam rife with tension

Originally Published: July 5, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- At some point early in the fifth set, this seriously splendid match seemed to become more important than the history it might make.

For the second consecutive year, the posh patrons here at the All England Club were treated to a scintillating men's final that spilled into extra time. A year ago, Rafael Nadal took down Roger Federer 9-7 in the fifth in one of the most acclaimed matches of all time. And now this on a Sunday afternoon that turned into evening:

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