Federer beats Nadal to reach Wimbledon 2019 final

The Swiss superstar Roger Federer booked a place at The Championships final and will attempt to lift a record-extending ninth trophy after a masterclass against World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, a two-time former titlist, on last Friday at Wimbledon.

Federer played at his best on return of serve and in long rallies to beat Nadal 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in their three hours and two minutes semi-final on Centre Court, seizing the momentum in his 40th FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting against his long-time rival Nadal with a break of serve at 3-1 in the third set and, despite an early break in the fourth set, kept Nadal at bay before converting his fifth match point chance. This was the first grass-court clash of the two superstars since their legendary Wimbledon final in 2008 when Nadal won 9-7 in the fifth set.

Roger Federer (37 years old) becomes the Open Era’s third oldest man to reach a Grand Slam championship final and is going to challenge World No. 1, the defending champion and four-time winner, Novak Djokovic, on Sunday at the All England Club. Serbian tennis superstar Djokovic, who beat No. 23 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-finals earlier on last Friday, leads Federer 25-22 in their career history, including his victories in the Wimbledon finals of 2014 and 2015.

World No. 3 Federer, having registered his 100th Wimbledon match win over Kei Nishikori from Japan in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, is now attempting to capture the 21st major championship crown in his 31st final. He won the Wimbledon title in 2003-07, 2009, 2012, and 2017.

The 33-year-old tennis player Nadal, having captured his 12th Roland Garros trophy last month, is now 37-6 on this year, also including a ninth title of Internazionali BNL d’Italia. He had been trying his best to win his third Wimbledon/Roland Garros title double this fortnight (also 2008, 2010). He is also the first player to qualify for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, which is going to be held at The O2 in London from 10-17 November.