Djokovic v Federer: 3 Wimbledon meetings

Ross Houston
July 13, 2019

Federer then conquered long-term rival Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Friday's semi-finals to end an 11-year wait for a Wimbledon rematch of his 2008 final loss. "He played really well", Djokovic said. Djokovic said. "Sometimes I show my emotions, sometimes I don't".

He took on the crowd for showing support for Bautista Agut, when the Spanish 23rd seed produced a spirited fightback to take the second set, and may have won few friends.

"He just wants to be like Roger (Federer)", Nick Kyrgios said earlier this year.

Roger Federer admits clashes with Novak Djokovic can be "brutal" for the loser given how well matched the two players are, but he is relishing Sunday's Wimbledon final. Only in the final minutes, on his serve, did Federer waver, as Nadal doggedly fought off four match points, pummeling forehand winners before biffing a backhand long at the three-hour, two-minute mark.

After a tight opening set went to a tie-breaker, which Federer edged, Nadal powered to a 6-1 win in the second set but couldn't keep his momentum going against the king of Wimbledon. In a match many consider the best in the sport's lengthy annals, Nadal edged Federer 9-7 in a fifth set that ended after 9 p.m., as any trace of daylight disappeared. He has won 101 matches at the place - more than any other man at any Slam, even Nadal at Roland Garros.

Djokovic, who was also the 2011 champion, wasted a match point in the fourth set as sentimental favourite Federer came back from 2-5 down.

Djokovic sarcastically encouraged fans to get louder after he dropped the second set of his 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 semifinal victory against Bautista Agut.

His reward? A date with Novak Djokovic, who needed four sets to beat Roberto Bautista Agut in the first semifinal on Centre Court.

After losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2011 final, Nadal has never contested a title decider on Centre Court, suffering shock losses to the likes of Lukas Rosol, Dustin Brown and Gilles Muller, not to mention Nick Kyrgios.

With eight Wimbledon titles in his locker, Federer has every right to be confident.

Titles in 2011, 2014, 2015 and last year have helped the 32-year-old reach a haul of 15 grand slams, with more surely to come.

"I think it's more of a clear game plan".

"There is, unfortunately or fortunately, one more (match to play)". When Nadal jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the first-set tiebreaker, Federer used sublime returning to reel off five points in a row to claim it.

Like all great sporting rivalries, there is no doubt that both Federer and Nadal are a major cause for each other's respective success. "But it's going to be very hard, as we know", Federer said. It, and probably the match, hinged on the seventh game as Djokovic, a break to the good, served at 30-40.

Federer is five above Djokovic on 20, but also five years older, meaning time is on the Serbian's side. When Djokovic ended that 45-stroke point - the longest on record at Wimbledon, where such stats date to 2005 - with a backhand victor, he cupped his ear while glaring into the stands.

The third set was nip and tuck early on but Djokovic broke for 4-2 and then, facing two break points, he won a 45-shot rally to extend his lead, going on to win the set.

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