Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
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Roger Federer says 'stars are aligned' as he chases ninth Wimbledon title

Roger Federer says 'stars are aligned' as he chases ninth Wimbledon title

Back in 2008, both Federer and Nadal were undoubtedly in the prime of their respective careers, so to expect the encore from the veterans to be anything close would be a mistake, or so we thought.

"His return was better than my one this afternoon".

After exchanging dozens of strokes during the third set of his semifinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday, Djokovic finally smacked a backhand down the line with the 45th shot of the rally to save a break point.

Federer is impeccable on his serve as ever. Though Federer's record against Djokovic (22-25) is better than his mark against Nadal (now 16-24), he hasn't beaten Djokovic at a Slam since 2012, losing their last four major meetings. Federer leads Nadal 2-1 in these matches.

One Twitter user wrote: 'Hearing that Roberto Bautista Agut has had to cancel his stag do, which was planned for this weekend, because he's made it further than expected has made me want him to win today even more'. Federer would kick up chalk with an ace to a corner, and Nadal would do the same in the next game. "I think he played aggressive, he played a great match, and just well done for him". There were tight ones and long rallies. And, perhaps shockingly, this is the narrowest the gap has been between the two since July 2004, when Federer had two and Nadal had none. Federer's only win against Djokovic at Wimbledon came in 2012, when he won a semi-final in four sets. In 2008 Trevor Immelman won the Masters, Carlos Sastre finished first in the Tour de France, Fernando Torres scored the victor in the European Championship final and David Haye became undisputed world cruiserweight champion.

Eight-time champion Roger Federer will play top-seeded title holder Novak Djokovic in the men's Wimbledon final after upstaging Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

The ice cool Swiss fended that off, then unloaded everything in his arsenal at Nadal in two more match points, only to have victory snatched away by two sublime winners off the indefatigable Spaniard's racket.

In Sunday's final, Federer will go up against Novak Djokovic, who is the defending champion and seeded No. 1. "That first set was huge as well, to get the lead".

Echoes of 2008 reverberated around the All England Club as Federer and Nadal wound back the clock in their much-anticipated first Wimbledon match-up in 11 years. It had everything at the end, which was great, I guess.

The 37-year-old, on the other hand, dropped the first set he played, to unheralded Lloyd Harris in the first round.

Having won his 12th French Open title last month, he had looked fired-up to win his third Wimbledon crown and first since 2010. He's won 101 matches at the place - more than any other man at any other Slam, even Nadal at Roland Garros - and all of those trophies.

The crowd roared their approval as he held for 4-1 and one break proved more than enough, Federer finishing an nearly ideal set with a tally of 15 winners and two unforced errors. But Wimbledon is Federer's dominion. "But at the same time, I [will] create another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam". Instead, those pals were sitting in a guest box at Centre Court on Friday.

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