Nadal won the first two sets 6–4, 6–4. Federer led the third set 5–4. After an 80-minute break for the weather, Federer battled back to win the next two sets, 7–6, 7–6, saving two championship points in the fourth set tiebreak.
At 4 hours and 48 minutes, the match was the longest singles final at a Wimbledon in terms of time played, and was the longest in any Grand Slam Final until the 2012 Australian Open final.
By winning the match, Nadal achieved the rare French Open–Wimbledon double, joining Rod Laver and Björn Borg as the only men to do so in the Open Era. Federer achieved the same feat the following year. Nadal won the double again in 2010.