Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Federer beats Nadal, faces Djokovic in Wimbledon final

Federer beats Nadal, faces Djokovic in Wimbledon final

This would be the 40th time when Federer and Nadal will be facing each other and it is the 14th time in a Grand Slam overall.

We saw Goffin collapse horribly from *4-3, 30-0 in set one of his quarter final clash with Djokovic to winning just two further games in the entire match and it's asking an bad lot for RBA to come out in a maiden Slam semi and play his best against the world number one. "First set, he was still probably managing his nerves and he made some uncharacteristic unforced errors".

The Spaniard may be the greatest fighter the world of sport has ever seen, and so it was no surprise to see him conjure some moments of sheer brilliance to take the second set 6-1 and level the match.

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Then he had trouble closing out the match on serve as Nadal fought off two more match points - one after a long rally; another on a sharp crosscourt shot - before Federer finally was able to raise his hands in victory after a shot by Nadal went long.

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 two players have met 10 times, with Djokovic leading 7-3.

Actually, there have been 64 matches already that have featured at least one tie break, which will be down on last year's 77, but it's about the same as the 67 of 2017 and more than the 60 of 2016. "The match was played at a very high level", Federer told the BBC after the match.

And perhaps the lack of pace in the surface this year is helping Nadal, who's been in the best form he's shown on grass for many a year and I get the feeling that he's focussing now on equalling and eventually overtaking Fed's record of 20 major titles.

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Agut won the ATP 250 title at Qatar, as well as being a quarter finalist at the Australian Open (his first final eight at a major).

However, Djokovic in a Wimbledon semi-final is a different entity.

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With the victory, Djokovic has reached his 25th Grand Slam final.

Defending champion Djokovic, 32, goes for his 16th Grand Slam triumph after beating Spain's 23rd seed Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets earlier on Friday.

"It was a really close opening four to five games of the third set that could have gone either way - thankfully it went mine".

Djokovic, increasingly irritated by a restless crowd, broke for 4-2 in the third set and held for 5-2 off the back of a lung-busting 45-shot rally.

The Swiss star broke again early in the fourth set to put himself firmly in control, and didn't look back as he claimed his first Grand Slam semi-final win over Nadal by closing out the set, and the match, 6-4.

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