Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Djokovic beats Agut to reach Wimbledon final

Djokovic beats Agut to reach Wimbledon final

Federer, who plays like a dream, has always been in complete charge on a tennis court and his career.

Federer will not mind with his win coming just a month after Nadal handed him his worst loss at a Slam in 11 years in the Roland Garros semi-finals. It was 3-2 after easy holds by each, but Nadal, perhaps staging a last stand, was ahead 15-30. "I was not able to open the court as the other days". He puts pressure on the opponent all the time because he has the ability to take the ball earlier than nobody else. He makes you hit so many extra shots and it drives you nuts.

The buzz around 'Fedal XL' (40) was incredible.

But Friday had dawned bright over Wimbledon, and Federer radiated aggression.

"We all know how good he is anywhere", Djokovic said about Federer, "but especially here".

"But the nice thing about Roger, I guess, was the first time that we sort of really knew each other was when I presented him with the Australian (Open) trophy when he had won it (in 2006)". The legendary narrator and wildlife activist was spotted in the Royal Box for the Federer and Nadal clash.

Djokovic is now 2-1 up in the pair's Wimbledon meetings, beating the Swiss supremo to win back-to-back finals in 2014 and 2015 in five and four sets respectively, having lost the pair's first meeting on the hallowed turf - a last-four meeting in 2012 - when Federer prevailed 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3.

But the Swiss was ready to turn the tables on his turf.

It will be the 13th time in 17 years that the Wimbledon champion is either Federer or Djokovic.

¯ A freaky series in the fourth set gave Federer another break as both players missed on umpire challenges. A second came and went on a backhand return. Djokovic, then just 20, led by a break in all three sets but could not get the job done, squandering set points in the first two before tiring.

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In a match of endless tension, Federer weathered an uncertain finish as Nadal saved four match points after a gripping 182-minute battle. Well, he served at 68 per cent first serve against Nadal. It was the Swiss who had the first break point of the match in the seventh game, but a 21-shot rally ending with a wicked Nadal forehand closed the door.

Both players were absolutely class on the court and following defeat, Nadal once again proved that he's the same off of it too. It was a monumental shift.

He won 7-6,1-6,6-3,6-4 to advance to the showpiece event for a record 12th time at SW19.

Sensing the end was indeed near, Federer held without fuss or bother to move within a game of the championship match st 5-3. The Swiss won the third set 6-3, with a victor count of 15 and only two unforced errors.

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates his victory. Djokovic broke to lead 2-1 in the fourth, and again for 4-1, then needed a handful of match points to seal the victory. Federer, understandably, seemed more jovial about Friday's match. He challenged a Nadal serve, that had caught the line, without realising that he had hit a flawless return.

Nadal tried to stay alive in the fourth set, pushing Federer to match point five times. He came up bigger in the longest points, eventually holding a 29-17 edge when they lasted at least 10 strokes. The Spaniard, seeded third, saved the first by finishing off a scrappy rally with a forehand victor.

After that match, Djokovic said that he was not bothered by the crowd's backing of his rival, and that he expects the same on Sunday.

"At the beginning of the tournament, I told the people at the locker room, it would be incredible because, if I win, I will get membership for life", she said. "It gave me more confidence and relief so I could swing more freely in the next games".

"He played a bit better than me, I had a few small chances but didn't convert them."
"I'm just very relieved it's all over".

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