Originally Posted by Sartorius
Something that wasn't mentioned in this thread, I remember Nadal and Federer both talked about it in the press conference: Federer struggled to hit backhand passing shots all match, and in a sense that was the first real backhand passing shot Federer hit.
Nadal made the right play and forced Federer to come up with the one shot that he struggled to make all match, but that time Federer made it.
This is exactly how I remember how this happened as well. Federer was missing a lot of his BH passing shots, so it was a logical choice for Nadal to just keep on going with what seemed to be the winning tactic all throughout the match. And just at that one shot, Federer finally managed.