Roger Federer to face Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon Final After An Epic Win Over Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer battled his way into the Wimbledon Final after a 4-set win in a 40th career meeting with old foe Rafael Nadal
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer, downed the Spaniard 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 in their first meeting at the All England Club in 11 years, halting the world No. 2’s 17-match winning streak.
He will now take on world No. 1 and defending champion Djokovic on Sunday. The Serb is chasing a fifth title in his sixth final in these parts, should he win he will equal Bjorn Borg’s number of Wimbledon crowns.
A Ninth Wimbledon Title Is Within Touching Distance
A remarkable ninth title is on the line for the 37-year-old. Roger continues to amaze despite his age and he’s certainly being made to work hard for it, taking on both of his greatest rivals in the latter stages of the tournament.
The all-Big Three affair will ensure their 10-Slam winning streak is extended to 11 and Djokovic has the opportunity to extend his winning head-to-head against Federer at his favorite major.
It’s the second year in a row where Nadal has been taken out in the semi-finals in SW19. He lost to Djokovic last year in a dramatic five-setter and he has been well beaten in an entertaining matchup this time around against Roger Federer.
For Federer, it’s a first Grand Slam final since the Australian Open in 2017 and he has the opportunity to extend his Grand Slam record by lifting a 21st major.
Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal – A Four-Set Thriller
It was Federer who started the sharper in front of a star-studded crowd that included Sir Alex Ferguson, Hugh Grant, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hiddleston, and David Beckham. He kicked off proceedings with an ace, the first of seven in the opening set.
A netted backhand let Nadal off the hook but Federer stepped on the gas in the tiebreak and moved in front. Again, the second seed squandered two more break points and this time he was made to pay as Nadal struck twice to level the match.
Perhaps the 37-year-old took a view to conserve his energy as the pendulum swung again. Federer broke and then vitally consolidated, saving three break points – one with a 23-shot exchange.
After moving back in front, Federer forced a forehand error from the relentless Spaniard. Nadal saved two match points at 3-5 but it wasn’t enough as he crashed out.
Nerves perhaps got the better of the Swiss as he missed a smash when trying to set another match point but Nadal failed to convert the break point.
The Spaniard kept fighting to the last, saving four match points as the contest hit the three-hour mark but Federer got over the final hurdle at the fifth time of asking.
One last hurdle in the form of the defending champion and world number 1 awaits for Federer now.