The match marked the high point of a captivating rivalry between Nadal and Federer that played a huge role in tennis's resurgence as a multi-million-pound business. "I'm very excited to see her attempting an fantastic comeback, this time with a baby. I am happy for that".
Apart from the absence of the Nike swoosh, the absence of the recognizable "RF" logo that has long adorned the outfits and bags of the 20-time Grand Slam champion as well as his team will be a miss for fans. Those three things I don't take.
Friday's draw handed Federer a comfortable looking route into the second week but while Wilander says the Swiss will again be the man to beat, he believes there are enough threats to make this year's tournament the most intriguing for years.
Nike said in a regulatory filing past year that "investments in endorsements by high-profile athletes, sports teams and leagues" helped drive sales up 6 percenrt to $34.4 billion. History has shown, though, that he if does get to the last-eight here - as he's done five times - he always goes on to the final.
The 36-year-old Swiss player first signed with Nike in 1994.
For Federer, that would bring back painful memories of one of the most hard defeats of his glittering career.
One thing's clear, Williams said: She will be as hungry to win as ever in the fourth tournament of her comeback. "It's a big deal", said Federer, who won the Wimbledon warm-up at Stuttgart, but lost in the Halle final to Borna Coric last weekend.
Third seed Cilic enjoyed a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka.
He sounded content enough with his build-up, though.
"The Canadian is coached by an old buddy of mine named Marty Laurendeau and I've got to know quite a bit about the kid over the past few months", he writes. "It was a little bit in the back of my mind, that I would have a chance".
"Of course in that moment, that final has been a very important step forward for me in my career", he told a press conference at Wimbledon on Saturday.
"But that's how it works".
"I'm adjusting well. I spend so much time with her every single day". The body needed a rest, needed a slow adaptation to the grass. "That's what I did", added the No. 2 seed, who faces Israel's Dudi Sela in the first round on Tuesday.