The wait for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal rematch on grass 11 years after their first was finally over after Novak Djokovic defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in the first semifinals on the Centre Court.
There was nothing to differentiate between the two in the first set of the new chapter of the epic rivalry. Both the players held their serve strongly till the tiebreaker. None of them could break the other’s serve. Rafael Nadal held his serve despite Federer looked threatening to break his service several times but he took the set till the tiebreaker.
Rafael Nadal looked to take control of the tiebreaker as he earned a mini-break right at the start. However, the Swiss returned to get the break back to serve at 1-2. The two exchanged mini-breaks before changing sides at 3-3. Roger Federer then shifted gears as he played aggressively to win 4 consecutive points and win the first set tiebreaker 7-3.
In the second set, Rafael Nadal saved a break point to get a lead of 2-1. The 37-year-old was looking threatening. However, the Spaniard had other plans as he won 4 consecutive games, breaking Federer twice to win the set 6-1 and leveled back the match at 1-1.
In the third set, both the players held their opening service games. However, Roger Federer played aggressively to break Nadal in the fourth game to take a lead of 3-1. The 33-year-old got 2 break points opportunity in the very next game, however, surprisingly he couldn’t grab the opportunity after an unforced error in a 23-shot really.
Roger Federer strongly held his serve after the breakpoint scare in his previous service games as he went on to win the third set 6-3 while serving for the match at 5-3.
Roger Federer, two sets to one-up against Rafael Nadal and has never lost before from this position against his arch-rival.
The 20-time grand slam champion took the momentum in the fourth set as he broke Nadal in the 3rd game to take a step forward to the finals. Both the players then held their serve until the end. However, Federer serving for the match at 5-4 conquered the fourth set 6-4 after Nadal saved 2 match points in the previous game.
The Swiss Maestro, who is chasing his record 9th Wimbledon title will face world no.1, Novak Djokovic in the finals.
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