It was a vintage performance by Roger Federer, as he worked his way to the Wimbledon final after beating Rafael Nadal.
This was the second major in a row where they’ve faced off: Nadal won their windy French Open semifinal last month en route to his 12th championship on the red clay there.
But Wimbledon is Federer’s dominion (And today was not going to be any different). He’s won 101 matches at the place — more than any other man at any other Slam, even Nadal at Roland Garros — and eight trophies.
Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in four sets to avenge his Wimbledon loss back in 2008. The Swiss Legend won the advantage and capitalised on it to set up a match against Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon 2019 final.
This game was the 40th career meeting between the golden duo, and it sure lived up to the hype.
With 38 Grand Slam titles between them, the game was
Federer seized control to claim a 7-6(3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory. Djokovic overcame Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 earlier Friday to reach his sixth Wimbledon final.
Speaking after the game, Roger Federer said:
“I’m exhausted. It was tough at the end. Rafa played some unbelievable shots to stay in the match. I enjoyed it. The crowd were amazing.
I had spells where I was serving very well and probably the biggest points in the match went my way. That first set was huge as well, to get the lead.
Novak played great against Bautista Agut. He’s supreme again. He’s not No 1 by chance. He’s been so good for the last year. I’m very excited to say the least.”
Watch Federer celebrate after the win below:
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