Swiss ace Roger Federer beat long-time rival Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the Wimbledon to confirm a berth in the finals of the Wimbledon 2019 on July 12. The epic showdown was a rematch of the 2008 contest that saw the king of the clay court emerge victorious in the fierce competition.
The 37-year-old eight-time champion won 7-6 (7/3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the pair’s 40th career meeting to move into his 31st Grand Slam final where he will face defending champion Novak Djokovic.
Federer won 62 percent of his second-serve points against Nadal and finished with 51 winners to 27 unforced errors, driving the majority of his backhands instead of slicing them. Here's one of the spectacular backhand that was played by Federer in the epic showdown:
Federer took control of the first-set tiebreaker by winning the final five points. He then rebounded quickly after an unsettling passage of play in the second set when he mistimed his shots and lost 20 of the set’s final 23 points. Federer finished with 14 aces and 51 winners.
“I am sad for the loss because for me it was another opportunity,” said Nadal, who was also beaten in the semi-finals last year by Djokovic. The clay court king took to Twitter to congratulate Federer and admitted that he had chances during the match to win the contest that he missed said that Federer had emerged as the better man in the contest. Read Nadal's tweet here:
Djokovic, meanwhile, will be looking to add another Wimbledon title to the Australian and US Open crowns he already holds.