Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal in four sets to reach Wimbledon final
Jul 13 2019
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However, it is eight-time champion Federer who just edges their Wimbledon head-to-head 2-1 after winning the 2006 and 2007 finals before Nadal famously broke the spell in 2008.
37 years, 290 days - Serena Williams' age on Saturday, making her the oldest woman to play a Grand Slam final in the professional era - about a month older than Martina Navratilova was when she played the 1994 championship match at Wimbledon.
He said his performance against Nadal in a match that "lived up to the hype" gave him confidence for the final.
"I think I can with experience really separate the two".
"It's quite clear the work was done way before".
Actually, there have been 64 matches already that have featured at least one tie break, which will be down on last year's 77, but it's about the same as the 67 of 2017 and more than the 60 of 2016.
"You go through these kind of emotional moments, especially in big matches like this, all the time", Djokovic said.
Federer, who turns 38 in less than four weeks' time, will become the oldest finalist here since Ken Rosewall in 1974.
Djokovic and Nadal hold arguably the greatest rivalry, having met 54 times (with the former leading 28-26) including some of the most gruelling and intense finals in history - namely the 2012 Australian Open final.
"This has been a remarkable tournament for me and to be in another final is a dream come true", said the top seed. Federer will look to get a break-point here.
"I had spells where I was serving really well", he admitted.
If the increasingly harassed "NextGen" group of players - who speak of the unbearable pressure they feel in trying to break up the trio's dominance - were hoping for light at the end of the tunnel Nadal offered none.
This one felt like just as much of a classic contest, though, one that anyone present is not likely to forget.
It was the first meeting at Wimbledon between the two longtime rivals since the 2008 final, when Nadal won an epic fifth set 9-7 as darkness descended - considered by some to be the greatest match in the sport's lengthy annals.
"It had everything at the end, which was great".
"Rafa played some unbelievable shots to stay in the match". Probably I didn't play as good as I did in the previous rounds, and he played well.
"He's able to move inside the court quicker than anyone".
Djokovic is a four-time champion at the All England Club and will play either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal on Sunday for another title.
And, helped by the fact the next generation is still failing to break through in a meaningful way, they are not finished yet.
He's struck me as the sort of player that doesn't truly believe in himself at elite level, similarly to Goffin and many others, and I'd find it hard to have any faith in him causing a shock in these circumstances.