Ageless Federer enjoys turning tables on Nadal

Ageless Federer enjoys turning tables on Nadal

Nadal aimed to hit back immediately when the Swiss double-faulted to set up two break points, but after missing out on the first chance, a 23-shot rally ended when the third seed fired long, Federer holding for a 4-1 edge.

Switzerland's Roger Federer, who has won Wimbledon eight times, is looking to add to his own record as the winningest Grand Slam champion.

One thing Federer will have in his favour is the unwavering support of the Centre Court crowd and that is something Djokovic will have to accept.

Twitter was overawed by the level of play both the veterans produced on Friday and could not stop gushing over Federer's ability to push the limits at the All England Club. He said, "I don't have so much energy to train right now".

"So I just walked into the dressing room to say good luck to Roger and I said: 'What, is Rod giving you some last-minute tips on how to play left-handers?'"

He told the BBC, "I'm exhausted".

At 6-3 in the tiebreaker, Federer once again pulled Nadal into the backhand corner and finished off the point by drilling a forehand down the line.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory over David Goffin of Belgium during Day 9 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10 in London, England.

Around the two most successful male player in the history of the question of the greatest of all time is cooking regularly high. "For me personally I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can't stand him".

Then, at the climax to the match, Nadal, fighting as only he knows how, threatened to ambush Federer's quest for a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon singles title by saving four match points before Federer took his place in Sunday's showpiece.

However, Federer said he won't be over-awed by the challenge as he chases a 21st major and Djokovic targets a 16th.

The Centre Court crowd realised they had a real match on their hands and they were treated to a superb third set. Djokovic defeated the Spanish player 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first semi-finals played at the Center Court in a two-hour 48-minute match. He won the third set 6-3 and then took the final set 6-4.

For the first time since 2007, men's tennis's Big Three have all reached the semifinals at Wimbledon and few would bet against Novak Djokovic going at least a step further on Friday.

Federer struck 51 winners as the Spaniard suffered a second successive Wimbledon semi-final defeat, having fallen fractionally short to Djokovic in a classic a year ago.

"I created another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam".

Nadal then broke again for 5-1 as Federer suffered a sudden and severe power outage with the two-time champion comfortable levelling the contest.

This time, Federer came through, although he needed five match points to secure his 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory. I had a couple of mistakes in that moment.

Roger Federer has won the first set 7-6 (3) in his Wimbledon semifinal against Rafael Nadal.

But Djokovic-Federer is far more hard to define. That win was crucial coming as it did just a month after his old rival had condemned him to his worst Slam loss in 11 years in the semi-finals at Roland Garros.

"I am sad for the loss because for me it was another opportunity", he said. "We're going to have many more battles I think".

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