Wimbledon semi-final - Federer too confident for Nadal - Sport
- Roger Federer reaches the final of Wimbledon for the 12th time.
- He wins against Rafael Nadal in four sets.
Roger Federer has won the tennis classic against Rafael Nadal this time and picks up his ninth title at Wimbledon. The 37-year-old won on Friday in London in the semifinals against his four years younger Spanish rivals with 7: 6 (7: 3), 1: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4. He turned the fifth match ball.
In a rousing atmosphere, the Swiss won his 16th victory in the 40th duel with the Spaniard. For the twelfth time he moved into the final of Wimbledon. With the victory in the first reunion of the two tennis stars at the grass tournament in London for eleven years, Federer also retaliated for the semi-finals at the French Open in Paris.
On Sunday, the record Grand Slam winner meets Serbian defending champion Novak Djokovic, who defeated Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets 6: 2, 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 2. With another title win at Wimbledon Federer would equal with Martina Navratilova, she has been the only one so far triumphs nine times at the most traditional tennis tournament. His impressive Wimbledon record improved the Basel to 101: 12 victories.
Already on Saturday, the US-American Serena Williams wants to create the 24th Grand Slam title in the Federer tennis age of 37 years against the Romanian Simona Halep and thus set the all-time record of the Australian Margaret Court.
"I am also a fan of this match, it is one of the most epic rivalries of all time and it is fantastic to see that," Djokovic said of his success over surprise man Bautista Agut over the eagerly awaited second semi-final. The last duel with Nadal on the holy grass had Federer lost in the final 2008 in the fifth set after 4:48 hours 7: 9, this time cheered again the Swiss. On his favorite surface, the 20-time Grand Slam champion appeared more aggressive, repeatedly moved successfully to the net and made significantly more direct points than his opponent.
The tension came to a head for the first time in the tiebreak of the first set, which Federer clearly secured after an initial back and forth. His wife Mirka was in the limelight, and Federer's former coach Stefan Edberg was among the 15,000 spectators in the center court filled to the last.
In the second set sat then despite "Come-on-Roger cheering calls" Nadal a clear sign. As Federer hit a forehand with the frame, part of the audience groaned. The Spanish world ranking second took the second break and the second set clear. Again and again, the spectators were excited about their seats, even as Federer after thrilling rallies in the third round with the 3-1 went into the lead decisively. But Federer shivered again in his last serve.
Previously also had Djokovic and the world ranking 22nd Bautista Agut commanded a high-class game. The Serbian defending champion patted the green grass after his success, looked redeemed in the sky and thanked the audience in all four directions. "To be in the final is a dream come true, playing the final in Wimbledon is something special," Djokovic said. For the sixth time, the world ranking first in the final on Church Road.
"It was a very close game, just at the beginning of the third set, because it could have gone in a different direction," praised the title co-favorite of the semi-final debutant Bastista Agut. The Spaniard presented himself from the second set as an opponent at eye level and annoyed the Serbs increasingly with his constancy and tenacity.
The title co-favorite quarreled with him, shook his head and partly deviated from his punchy style of play. In his 25th Grand Slam final Djokovic can now win on Sunday at the most traditional of all tennis tournaments his fifth title after 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2018.