'Greatest final ever'
The nail-biting clash which saw Rafael Nadal snatch the Wimbledon crown of five-time champion Roger Federer after five sets was hailed as "the greatest final ever" by the British press Monday.
The battle -- pictures of which dominated most front pages -- eclipsed even the 1980 final between John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg and its result elevates Spaniard Nadal to a new and dazzling sphere of success, they added.
"Moveover Roger, Rafa is the new king of Wimbledon," blazed the headline of the Daily Mail newspaper, which said that the whole of Britain had "stood still to watch a titanic sporting encounter".
"They can put a roof on the Centre Court, but can they ever cap the brilliance of a rivalry that drives each man to greater heights and defies superlatives?" it added.
The Daily Telegraph hailed "the greatest final ever" and said that the match represented "the dawn of a new era" with the world number one being defeated by his only serious rival.
It hailed Federer's fightback from two sets down as "amazing", adding that the drama of the match had been increased by poor weather which meant that the stars kept playing until 9:16pm (2016 GMT).
"Such was the pre-thunderstorm gloom during the third set that almost the only things that you could make out on Centre Court were the numbers glowing on the electronic scoreboard, (London Mayor) Boris Johnson's blond hair...and a yellow ball flashing from side to side," the paper said.
"It was a surprise that the umpire didn't offer night-vision goggles or miners' headlamps to the players."
The Guardian hailed Nadal's transformation from "king of clay" to "grass master" and labelled the clash "the final of finals".
"The Greatest -- Nadal ends the reign of King Roger" was the headline in the tabloid Sun.
Meanwhile, The Times had the strongest praise of all for the match, saying simply that many spectators would say it was the greatest game of tennis ever played.