Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal


He said his performance against Nadal in a match that "lived up to the hype" gave him confidence for the final.

"His return was better than my one this afternoon".

Federer is impeccable on his serve as ever.

Djokovic leads Federer 25-22 in career meetings with the Serb holding a 2-1 edge in Wimbledon clashes. Nadal admitted after the match that Federer capitalized on all of his best opportunities in London.

His groundstrokes, very poor in the second set, looked increasingly sharp; the following game, he saved three break points, the second after a 23-shot rally that ended with a forced backhand error from Nadal.

Like all great sporting rivalries, there is no doubt that both Federer and Nadal are a major cause for each other's respective success.

Lying in wait is Djokovic, who beat Federer in the final here in 2014 and in 2015. I remember back in the day how he used to serve, and now how much bigger he's serving, how much faster he finishes points. However, it was Nadal who emerged victorious in the memorable 2008 final at the Grass Court championship.

Federer amassed 10 break points, and though he succeeded on just two, that was enough, with the last, vital conversion making it 2-1 in the fourth set. In 2008 Trevor Immelman won the Masters, Carlos Sastre finished first in the Tour de France, Fernando Torres scored the victor in the European Championship final and David Haye became undisputed world cruiserweight champion.

"Last year I had chances here (he lost in five sets to Djokovic in the semi-final), I had another one, and I was not able to convert to win it one more time here".

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Federer's serve served him well against his Spanish rival, who won their last meeting at Wimbledon in the 2008 final - taking the epic fifth set 9-7 as darkness descended. The never-ending GOAT debate is very much a three-man race at this point-Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic, of course-so any match pitting two of them against each other, a fairly common recurrence even as all three advance into their 30s, carries weighty historical implications.

The ice-cool Swiss fended off that danger and unloaded everything in his arsenal at Nadal in two more break points, only to see victory snatched away by two sublime winners off the indefatigable Spaniard's racket.

Nadal and Federer will meet each other after Bautista Agut's match in the second semi-final of the day. It had everything at the end, which was great, I guess.

Noel beat Diane Parry of France 6-2, 6-1, and Snigur defeated Emma Navarro of the United States 6-3, 6-0.

Wimbledon, however, is Federer's dominion.

Even for the two players vying for the title of GOAT (Greatest of All Time) it was perhaps greedy to expect them to produce a blockbuster to compare with their previous duel at Wimbledon.

Roger Federer says the "stars are aligned" after beating rival Rafael Nadal to reach the Wimbledon final. Djokovic said. "Sometimes I show my emotions, sometimes I don't".

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.

The third set was nip and tuck early on but Djokovic broke for 4-2 and then, facing two break points, he won a 45-shot rally to extend his lead, going on to win the set.