Federer downs Nadal to set up Djokovic duel for Wimbledon title

Tanya Simon
July 13, 2019

In this generation of tennis it was Federer who set the pace and Nadal who followed suit, and perhaps that is why this match-up is looked upon with such gushing eyes.

"His return was better than my one this afternoon". The Serb, who's also defending champion, won his semi-final against Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Another was that he was able to withstand Nadal's serve, which has improved a ton over the years.

Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in the 2006 and 2007 Wimbledon final.

The second was a complete contrast as Federer lost focus and Nadal, who has won 18 majors, levelled the match in 36 minutes.

"I had to dig deep, Roberto was playing his first semi-final at a Grand Slam and he was not really overwhelmed". "I think he played aggressive, he played a great match, and just well done for him".

That has led Federer to believe both men know everything there is about one another.

However, the Swiss was delighted to win that final game which featured three deuces and a break point before he finally ended a potential Nadal fightback on his fifth match point. The Swiss great finished with 14 aces this time and landed 69% of his first serves.

While his years on the clock have not stopped him reaching a record-extending 12th Wimbledon men's singles final, they are keeping his celebrations in check after his victory over Nadal.

Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in four sets to stay in the hunt for a ninth Wimbledon title and book a place in Sunday's final against Novak Djokovic. Then on match point No 3, Nadal prolonged the tie with a majestic forehand, and then again on match point No 4 with a brilliant backhand.

Divock Origi signs new long-term deal at Liverpool
Origi also feels the next few seasons could be his prime years and vowed to make the best use of them by trying to the fullest. The Belgium worldwide , who returned to training on Monday, proved to be Liverpool's man for the big occasion last season.

"It's the same like going into a Rafa match", Federer said.

Federer hit back immediately, however, turning the breaker on its head and winning five straight points to go one set up after 51 minutes.

Echoes of 2008 reverberated around the All England Club as Federer and Nadal wound back the clock in their much-anticipated first Wimbledon match-up in 11 years. "He played little bit better than me, I think". (That's nearly certainly true.) They insist they want to win Wimbledon for the sake of winning Wimbledon, not as a matter of comparison. He clung on at 3-5, saving two match points, then had a break point as Federer served for the match.

The previous Wimbledon record was 42 strokes, set in a 2006 match between Jarkko Nieminen and Dmitry Tursunov.

"Yeah, it's definitely a bit unusual, a bit odd", said Federer who will be the third oldest man to play in a Slam final on Sunday.

Shintaro Mochizuki became the first Japanese player to reach a junior boys' Grand Slam singles final after outlasting fourth-seeded American Martin Damm 6-1, 0-6, 10-8.

Even Bautista Agut himself didn't expect his visit to the All England Club to last this long: The Spaniard was supposed to meet a half-dozen of his buddies on the island of Ibiza this weekend for his bachelor party. They had their 39th meeting in the semi-final at Roland Garros, where the Spaniard won easily en route his 12th title.

Federer needed to re-calibrate, and he did, holding serve comfortably at the start of the third set and then dialling right back in to break for 3-1.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER