Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Federer downs Nadal to set up Djokovic duel for Wimbledon title

Federer downs Nadal to set up Djokovic duel for Wimbledon title

"Was maybe one of the best points of the match".

However, Bautista Agut, who had already defeated the Serb twice this year, eventually settled and broke for 2-1 in the second set. Another was that Federer was able to withstand Nadal's serve, which has improved a ton over the years.

"I am sad for the loss because for me it was another opportunity", said Nadal, who was also beaten in the semi-finals previous year by Djokovic. But as we've come to expect from Federer and Nadal over their 40 career matches, a few on clay notwithstanding, the tennis was enthralling and tense through the last ball.

Djokovic leads 7-3 head-to-head, but Bautista Agut won their two matchups this season, both on hard courts.

Like all great sporting rivalries, there is no doubt that both Federer and Nadal are a major cause for each other's respective success. He'll have a little time before getting ready for the hard-court season and the year's final Slam in NY.

"From that standpoint I can go into that match very confident".

This was the contest that had been salivated over, serve no longer on top, each man testing the other to the limit in pulsating rallies.

Two more service holds put him within a set of victory and the Swiss turned the screw in the fourth set as Nadal faded.

In response, Nadal fired back in the second set during which Federer could only win one game.

Federer would kick up chalk with an ace to a corner, and Nadal would do the same in the next game.

Federer missed two chances to go a double-break up, but that did not matter, as in the ninth game he served out to love to move within a set of the final.

Their first meeting on a Wimbledon court since 2008 did not disappoint.

Nadal emerged triumphant that day, winning in five sets in a four-hour 48-minute epic of fluctuating fortunes that stretched out over seven hours because of constant, momentum-shifting rain interruptions.

"It's the same like going into a Rafa match", Federer said.

"I had an easy forehand (on the first break point)". "He played little bit better than me, I think". He has won 101 matches at the place - more than any other man at any Slam, even Nadal at Roland Garros.

"I'm exhausted. It was tough at the end", 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who beat Nadal for only the fourth time in their 14 clashes at majors, said after receiving a standing ovation from his adoring Centre Court fans.

Nadal took Federer down in straight sets in the semifinals of the French Open in June, CBS Sports reported. But Wimbledon is Federer's dominion.

The crowd roared their approval as he held for 4-1 and one break proved more than enough, Federer finishing an nearly flawless set with a tally of 15 winners and two unforced errors.

Castle said: "I wouldn't say they are making the rest look silly, but they are putting themselves on a different level compared to everyone in the history of the game, there is no doubt about that at this stage".

The party was postponed, and his buddies flew to England to join Bautista Agut's fiancee in cheering him on.

However, he will have his work cut out tomorrow if he is to secure a 21st major title as he trails 15-time Slam victor Djokovic 25-22 in career meetings.

The eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer took the lead after winning the third set by a single break.

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