Tennis Twitter Explodes After Roger Federer Defeats Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon Semifinal

LONDON ENGLAND- JULY 10 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain celebrates victory in his Men's Quarter Final match against Guido Pella of Argentina during Day Nine of The Championships- Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1

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.

Federer finished with 14 aces and 51 winners.

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer believes the "stars have aligned" as he attempts to become the oldest Grand Slam victor of modern times in Sunday's final against Novak Djokovic.

Roger Federer might be into his 31st Grand Slam final after moving past longtime rival Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, but many still claim the Swiss maestro is the worst challenger in history after a freaky moment in the semi. The capacity crowd at Centre Court showered both Nadal and Federer with cheers and a standing ovation that lasted for several minutes.

After over three hours, and staving off four match points, Rafael Nadal finally made one mistake too many Friday.

"I think straight sets was a bit brutal for Novak, to be honest", Federer said. They have previously faced each other at this juncture thrice, in 2012, 2014 and 2015, wherein Federer beat Djokovic in 2012, but succumbed to his counterpart in 2014 and 2015.

"The match was played at a very high level", Federer told the BBC after the match.

Federer won the first set 7-6 (3).

Nadal, serving 3-5 down, hit a serve which Federer returned with a clean victor.

Nadal led 3-2 in the tiebreaker before Federer won five straight points, clinching the set with a forehand victor. "He had that match point, he served for the fourth set, but Roger wouldn't be Roger if he wouldn't always find another shot". Especially, you know where the players go when it really matters, " the No. 2-seeded Federer said, looking ahead to Sunday's final, his 12th at the All England Club. It ended a run of three consecutive grand slam final reverses for Djokovic.

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Noel beat Diane Parry of France 6-2, 6-1, and Snigur defeated American Emma Navarro 6-3, 6-0.

There was a time when Roger Federer taking on Rafael Nadal was a commonplace at Wimbledon.

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Federer will not mind with his win coming just a month after Nadal handed him his worst loss at a Slam in 11 years in the Roland Garros semi-finals. When Bautista Agut's shot hit the net tape, popped in the air and slid over for a victor that tied their semifinal at a set apiece, Djokovic motioned to the roaring fans, sarcastically encouraging folks to get louder.

No one ever has managed to reduce Federer to mid-match mediocrity quite the way Nadal can, part of why the Spaniard entered Friday with a 24-15 overall lead head-to-head, including 10-3 at Grand Slam tournaments.

For Djokovic, this is his sixth Wimbledon final as he chases what would be a fifth trophy. His only loss was against Andy Murray in 2013. Djokovic said. "Sometimes I show my emotions, sometimes I don't".

Djokovic, meanwhile, 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 Roberto Bautista Agut. "Then the climax at the end with the insane last game, some tough rallies there". He double-faulted on his first set point but converted the second with a volley victor that clipped the net cord.

"For Sunday's match, it's hard to not see Novak as a pretty strong, clear favourite for the title because Federer's weapon is probably his serve, and Novak finds a way to neutralise that", said former world number one Mats Wilander.

Djokovic won the first set 6-2, but Bautista Agut broke for a 2-1 lead in the second. At match point No. 5, they were practically whaling at each other, a pair of gladiators, Nadal bludgeoning one into the net, until his overcooked return settled matters. His forehand also became problematic, while Bautista Agut, who had already beaten Djokovic twice this season, couldn't seem to miss a shot.

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