2. Wimbledon 2007
vs Rafael Nadal
Nadal was still young but he was already maturing into one of the world's greatest players. He had become the first man to beat the world no.1 at a Grand Slam final in the 2006 French Open and he repeated the trick just weeks before this match at Roland Garros.
However Federer made sure that the Spaniard would wait a little longer to win a first Grand Slam away from the French Open, and made sure that he was still the master of their rivalry with a thrilling five-set win 7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2.
The two had met a year earlier in the final at Wimbledon although the Swiss star won a little more comprehensively in 2006. This time, though, Federer knew he was in a battle.
It took nearly four hours to defeat the 20-year-old Spaniard, and in doing so Federer equaled Bjorn Borg's record of five straight victories at the All-England club.
A BBC Sport poll rated it the second best final ever at Wimbledon at the time.
Somehow it was bettered a year later though. Nadal shifted the power in world tennis with an unbelievable 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7 win that was completed in near-darkness.