Roger Federer tops Rafael Nadal to make Wimbledon final
Roger Federer tops Rafael Nadal to make Wimbledon final
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13 July, 2019, 07:17
The Federer-Nadal semifinal was to follow shortly on Centre Court, and thousands of tennis fans jammed onto the large hill on the grounds of the All England Club to watch a reprise of the 2008 Wimbledon final on an oversize TV screen.
"His return was better than my one this afternoon".
Djokovic overcame Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 earlier on Friday to reach his sixth Wimbledon final. Another was that he was able to withstand Nadal's serve, even though it has improved a ton over the years. With Federer's last win at Wimbledon in 2017, Federer said he is "excited" to face off against Djokovic. Federer leads Nadal 2-1 in these matches. When Federer and Nadal strode out into the sunshine at 4:30 p.m., they were welcomed by a standing ovation before ever swinging a racket.
"I think the moment you've played somebody probably more than 15 times, you know, especially in recent years also a few times, there's not that much more left out there".
However, Federer said he won't be over-awed by the challenge as he chases a 21st major and Djokovic targets a 16th.
Two more service holds put him within a set of victory and the Swiss turned the screw in the fourth set as Nadal faded.
Given their past epic battles at Wimbledon, Federer appeared to be on his way to defeating Nadal relatively easy in the four-set match, as Nadal appeared to lose control of his powerful serve later in the match.
Federer ruefully blundered a chance to gain a match point on Nadal's serve at 3-5 when he unsuccessfully challenged a line call having hit a clean victor.
Their first meeting on a Wimbledon court since 2008 did not disappoint.
Nadal won that match 9-7 in the fifth set.
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"Of course, as I said the other day, we know that every time there are less chances to play against each other in these high quality matches".
Defending champion Novak Djokovic withstood a fearless effort by Roberto Bautista Agut as he wore down the Spaniard 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the Wimbledon final for the sixth time in his career.
Like two boxers sizing up their opponent, the pair tip-toed around in what was ultimately a cagey first set, with only one break point coming and going for Federer before it headed to a tie-break. "He played little bit better than me, I think".
The 37-year-old, on the other hand, dropped the first set he played, to unheralded Lloyd Harris in the first round.
Castle said: "I wouldn't say they are making the rest look silly, but they are putting themselves on a different level compared to everyone in the history of the game, there is no doubt about that at this stage".
Against expectations, Federer continued to win the baseline exchanges and lengthy rallies, breaking in the third game to edge ever closer to Sunday's showpiece.
The previous Wimbledon record was 42 strokes, set in a 2006 match between Jarkko Nieminen and Dmitry Tursunov.
Nadal handed Federer his worst loss at a Slam in 11 years in the semi-finals at Roland Garros last month on his way to a 12th title in Paris.
The party was postponed, and his buddies flew to England to join Bautista Agut's fiancee in cheering him on.
The top-ranked Serb won the third set to lead his semifinal against Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
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