Publicado: Sol, Julio 14, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Federer, Williams Looking to Add Records at Wimbledon

Federer, Williams Looking to Add Records at Wimbledon

Nadal went down 7-6 (7/3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Federer triumphed for the third time in four career meetings against the Spaniard and will face defending champion Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.

¯ With the match leveled at one set apiece, Federer would face a hard test in the third with a pair of long rallies.

The two exchanged blows in the first set, with Federer taking the set in a tiebreak.

The 20-time Grand Slam singles champion capitalized on his serve throughout the match against Nadal, finishing with 14 aces and landing 69% of his first serves.

"I had my chances but he played a little bit better than me", said the third seed.

"I don't want to say always the better player wins, but sometimes it can be tough".

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. A second break was achieved when Federer badly framed a forehand and Nadal served for the set, holding to love, the match now level and the outcome thrown into doubt. Just one of those initial 14 points came via his own victor; 10 resulted from Bautista Agut's unforced errors.

"I had to dig deep", said Djokovic, who will play for his fifth Wimbledon title in six finals appearances and 16th Grand Slam trophy overall.

"Obviously, I'm ecstatic, I'm so happy", said Federer.

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Federer is much beloved, not only by individuals who appreciate his success at an older age than all of his fellow top-tier competitors but also his graceful mien which he brings to the court.

"I won a lot of important points in the third and fourth set", said Federer.

Still, it'll take that and more to get past the No. 1-seeded Djokovic, who is up to his usual body-bending, grind-it-out excellence at the baseline, even winning a 45-stroke point while eliminating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.

The champion then took command in the fourth set, cutting out the loose groundstrokes and picking up points with adventurous serve-and-volley attacks and after breaking for a 2-1 lead he never looked back.

The Federer-Nadal semifinal was to follow shortly on Centre Court, and thousands of tennis fans jammed onto the large hill on the grounds of the All England Club to watch a reprise of the 2008 Wimbledon final on an oversize TV screen.

This will be the 48th time Federer and Djokovic play against each other as pros, which is eight more than Federer vs. Nadal has happened. Federer won his record eighth Wimbledon title in 2017, but lost to Djokovic in the final in both 2014 and 2015.

"We spoke about that one thousand times", said Nadal.

The 40th career meeting between the golden duo with 38 Grand Slam titles between them, swung this way and that before Federer seized control to claim a 7-6 (3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory. Their rivalry has dominated the sport of tennis in the last 15 years, in a healthy way.

The question hanging over all of this is how much his relative lack of popularity bothers Djokovic himself. "I've had that experience a couple of times, so I know what to expect".

"But at the same time I created another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam".

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