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Federer faces Djokovic in 12th Wimbledon final

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to meet in Wimbledon after 11 years Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to meet in Wimbledon after 11 years
Cary Erickson | 13 July, 2019, 07:18

It seemed certain that Djokovic was going to spend a lot less time on court in this semi-final compared to 12 months ago when he needed five sets and five hours and 15 minutes to beat Nadal.

Top seed and four-time victor Djokovic reached his sixth Wimbledon final, and 25th at the majors, with a nervy 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Spain's 23rd seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

Felt like just as much of a classic contest, though, one that anyone present is not likely to forget. He held his first two service games without dropping a point.

Nadal was twice an early mini-break up but Federer won the final five points to take first blood, his backhand, so often the bellwether of his chances against his great rival, purring like a vintage sports auto. "I am a fan of that match up - it´s one of the most epic rivalries of all time". "Then the next point I wanted to play - I didn't want to take a risk on the point, to play long, to play a good rally". So he deserve it.

The second was a complete contrast as Federer lost focus and Nadal, who has won 18 majors, levelled the match in 36 minutes.

Djokovic won the first set 6-2.

Roger Federer waited 11 years to get another shot at Rafael Nadal on Centre Court.

Federer finished with 14 aces and 51 winners.

A fifth match point arrived and this time Nadal swung a backhand over the baseline and Federer pumped his arms above his head to celebrate, with David Beckham echoing most people's thoughts as he mouthed "unbelievable" in the Royal Box.

Roger Federer is within one set of reaching a record-extending 12th Wimbledon final. Another was that he was able to withstand Nadal's serve, even though it has improved a ton over the years.

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The Spaniard held his own serve to take the set and draw level with the world No.1. Federer leads the set 2-1. "There's no point to start partying tonight or get too emotional, too happy about it, even though I am extremely happy", said Federer. "But was late." Nadal said.

Going by the number of strokes, it was the longest point ever recorded at Wimbledon. The most recent of his eight trophies was won in 2017. "She wants to prove that she can do it again", Williams said. "We are not done, so. things continue".

Djokovic overcame Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 earlier Friday to reach his sixth Wimbledon final.

"Especially you know where the players go when it really matters, how much can you still surprise somebody".

Speaking before the match, Bautista Agut said: 'I had planned to be in Ibiza right now.

Soon enough, the defending champion was bellowing and shaking his fist after putting away an overhead to go up a break in the third set. As is his wont, he squandered as many as 10 breakpoints while the third seed saved six of the seven break points against Querrey. Upsetting Djokovic on Sunday to win Wimbledon, just two days after knocking out his archrival, would arguably seal the most impressive title of his career.

Bautista Agut fought admirably against the four-time Wimbledon victor but could not find a way past his opponent.

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

"He played really well". "First set, he was still probably managing his nerves and he made some uncharacteristic unforced errors". He serves and is now a point ahead. Djokovic stopped his until-then-successful tactic of offering some variety and heading to the net when he could.

Djokovic rediscovered his best abilities, though.