Roger Federer edged out Rafael Nadal to reach his 12th Wimbledon final on Friday. It was a highly anticipated match as many regards the game as the greatest ever played.
The Spaniard overcame his Swiss counterpart in an epic showdown in 2008; however, it was the other way round on Friday.
The 37-year-old Swiss won 7-6 (7/3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach his 31st Grand Slam final where he will play last-year winner Novak Djokovic.
World Number one and four-time Wimbledon title holder Djokovic reach his 6th Wimbledon final after defeating Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The Swiss is the third oldest man ever to feature in a Grand Slam final following 39-year-old Ken Rosewall, who played the 1974 Wimbledon and US Open finals.
Friday’s match was never expected to match the dramatic display of 2008 final although Federer required five-match points to reach the final.
Federer wouldn’t fret with his success coming only a month after Nadal defeated him in the semifinal of Roland Garros.
In a close fifty-one-minute opener, Nadal managed to save the only break point in the eighth game; he then surrendered the advantage of an early mini-break in the tie-breaker after Federer won five points in succession.
The 2019 Roland Garos winner eventually cut out the first break of the semifinal in the fourth round of the subsequent set, backing it up with a hold for 4-1.
The World Number two then broke again for 5-1 as Federer endured an unexpected and harsh power blackout with the Spaniard levelling the challenge.
Federer, for the first time, broke Nadal in the fourth round of the third set.
He at that point fended off three break points for a crucial 4-1 lead, which he eventually won after a 23-shot rally and after that a 25-stroke exchange.
There was no relief for Nadal, who slipped a break down at 2-1 in the fourth.
Nadal managed to save two match points in the ninth game and added two more in the next; however, a free return was the decider.
Federer ended with 14 aces and 51 winners.
Meanwhile, Djokovic will hope to add to Wimbledon title to the Australian and US Open titles he currently holds.
It appeared indeed that Djokovic would require less effort in the court in this semifinal, unlike last year when it took five sets and five hours and 15 minutes to overcome the Clay Master.
However, Bautista Agut, who had defeated the Serb twice this year, finally settled and broke for 2-1 in the second set.
Djokovic fought off two break points, through a 23-shot rally, in the fifth set.
However, the 31-year-old Bautista Agut stood his ground to level at 6-4 off a fortunate net rope.
The Serb, progressively disturbed by an anxious group, broke for 4-2 in the third set, he then held for 5-2 off the back of a 45-shot rally.
Eventually, Djokovic was determined and focused, breaking twice for a 4-1 lead, and came out as the winner.