Legendary tennis commentator Andrew Castle has described that famous 2008 Wimbledon final as the tennis match that “changed the game”.
That year, Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer to win his first Wimbledon title in what is widely regarded as perhaps the greatest game of tennis of all time.
Castle certainly thinks so, describing how he and Tim Henman sat together in the commentary box, completely awestruck by what they were seeing unfold in front of them.
Nadal is one of a number of big four modern legends in men’s tennis, but Castle seems to think Novak Djokovic is still the best to watch.
Speaking to Betway about covering Wimbledon this summer, Castle touched upon that classic encounter between Federer and Nadal, before moving on to praise the play of Djokovic.
“That match changed the game,” he says. “The gold standard of tennis improved in one match. They pushed each other to mad limits.
“I remember it was Tim Henman’s first Wimbledon final as a commentator. We both sat there in the commentary box in shock and awe.
“Of course, since then there have been more, mainly featuring Djokovic. He has just quietly won five Wimbledons – I remember the 2018 semi-final against Nadal, particularly. Another mind-boggling match.
“Nadal with his determination and muscularity is genius, but I have to say I think I’ve seen the best tennis come from Novak’s racquet. He came to the party slightly after the other two, but I think he might have been the most remarkable.”
Castle added how wonderful it is to be back at Wimbledon after the tournament had to be of so many big sporting events cancelled last summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It’s just unbelievable to be back”, says Andrew Castle, former British No. 1 and the BBC’s lead tennis commentator at Wimbledon, where Novak Djokovic is favourite to lift the 2021 men’s singles title in the latest sports betting.
“I was sitting next to John McEnroe on the first day and he was just delighted, too. Even off-mic, he was saying how wonderful it is.”
Even after years in the job, the pandemic has perhaps made him realise how lucky he is to be able to watch and commentate on great players playing tennis at this famous old arena.
He added: “I get to sit in the Centre Court commentary box with these legends watching guys like Nadal and Roger Federer. How lucky is that?”