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Third set | Federer wins 6-3
Federer dominates the third set.
After losing the second set, Federer claimed an emphatic third set for a Wimbledon final set.
Federer calmly finished the set, 6-3, after spoiling his benefits in his last two comeback matches. In three games, he served without Nadal gaining points. Nadal won just five points in Federer's service in the set.
The good news continues for Federer: Nadal never came back after losing two sets to one.
Third set | Federer 5, Nadal 2
Federer maintains momentum.
After losing the second set, 6-1, Federer looked set to give Nadal an equally unequal loss in the third set, increasing by 4-1 and holding two break points for a 5-1 lead in Game 6. .
Nadal, however, fought back, saving the first with a winner for the service and making a mistake on Federer's backhand for the second, eventually holding for 2-4 with a score of 123 m.p.h. serve in the middle.
Federer quickly held the next match to crush any possible momentum, increasing 5-2 with a volleying goal.
Third set | Federer 4, Nadal 1
Federer advances in the third set.
After being beaten in the second set, Federer started the third with a renewed goal, holding his first two games of love service.
He then broke Nadal's serve for the first time in the match, converting his fourth point of the day with a volley goal to end a 12-shot exchange and move up 3-1 in the third set.
The advantage was quickly put at risk: Federer lost 15-40 in the next match. He saved the first breakpoint with relative ease, putting away a brilliant winner. He survived the second run in a fierce rally of 23 strokes, the longest in the game, and then made a mistake on the back of Nadal. After saving an extra point, Federer went 4-1, putting himself ahead of the third set.
Third set | Federer 2, Nadal 1
Nadal has the advantage over Federer in the semifinal major.
For much of their career, Federer and Nadal took turns at No. 1 and No. 2 in the standings to meet only in the finals of the tournament. It's the only time they meet for the fifth time in the Grand Slam semifinal, and Nadal has won them all: at the French Open in 2005 and 2019 and at the French Open. Australian Open in 2012 and 2014.
SECOND set | NADAL WINS 6-1
Nadal jumps on the poor form of Federer.
After dropping the first set and leaving the field, Nadal ran away with the second set, winning 6-1 in 37 minutes to tie the game.
Nadal had opportunities to score points in Federer's three service games and beat him twice to take a considerable lead.
Federer's frustration came in the last game, even going as far as getting a low hurried return percentage (the so-called SABR – Sneak Attack By Roger). Federer had 11 unforced errors in the set and won only 15 of the 45 points.
Federer will open the third set.
SECOND set | NADAL 4, FEDERER 1
Nadal jumps forward in the second set.
After saving two Federer points in the third match, Nadal quickly made it up in the second set. He broke Federer out of love to lead 3-1, helped by two Federer errors, and then quickly consolidated with a retainer at 15 from his for a 4-1 lead.
Nadal was particularly successful, as usual, in targeting Federer's backhand: this player produced 10 non-forced errors, 14 forced mistakes and one winner.
SECOND set | NADAL 2, FEDERER 1
Both players save break points at the beginning of the second set.
The second match of the second set was the longest match of the match so far, with Federer digging a shot after 12 points.
Nadal had two chances, but Federer saved both goals by getting closer and closer to scoring, the first with a brilliant striker and the second with a volley.
Federer continued his momentum in the next match, scoring two breaking points at 15-40.
Nadal saved them, then closed the decision with his fifth ace of the match.
First set | Federer wins, 7-6
Federer claims the tiebreaker of the first set, 7-3.
After a set with no break in service, the ghost returned five of the first seven points of the tiebreak of the first set.
Nadal opened with a mini-break, chasing a short volley of forehand Federer and backing up the line with a backhand, letting Federer turn around and watch as he landed in the corner. Federer canceled the advantage on the next point, forcing Nadal to make a setback error.
Nadal took over the advantage at the fifth point, blocking Federer from a forehand that he awkwardly sent back in goal.
Federer then jumped again, leveling the score at 3-3 before the end change, then taking his first lead with a winner on the forehand.
Federer then consolidated by gaining two points on his service, giving himself a triple point of regulation at 6-3. He won 7-3. with a winning forehand right down the line. Federer is now 6-1 in a tiebreaker against Nadal at Wimbledon.
Winning the first set was crucial for Federer: of the 20 times he lost the first set against Nadal, he only came back twice.
First set | Federer 6, Nadal 6
The first set goes towards equality.
Until now, Federer has generated the unique opportunity of the decisive point of the match, but Nadal has often avoided such moments of danger during his matches. At his last meeting at Wimbledon in 2008, Nadal had 12 out of 13 chances to separate. Federer also got 40-40 with Nadal serving at 5-6, but Nadal closed the match to force a tiebreaker in the first set.
First set | Federer 4, Nadal 4
Rallies are rare.
The duration of the rally has increased at Wimbledon this year; The semi-final between Djokovic and Bautista Agut was marked by a 45-lap rally, the longest since 2005 when Wimbledon started trading. Until now, only three of the first 41 points between Federer and Nadal have lasted nine or more strokes. Both are struggling to fight from the grassroots, with only four combined ground winners to date.
Nadal saved the first break point of the match by winning a rally of 21 strokes, the longest match.
First set | Federer 3, Nadal 3
The servers are in control until now.
The first six games were easy for the server. Surprisingly, Nadal entered the match with more ace at this tournament than Federer, 47-42. Nadal coach Carlos Moya focused on improving service and reducing points. Federer has so far four aces and has lost only three points in three games. Nadal lost only two points to his service.
Unsurprisingly, the Royal Box at Center Court is full of notable names for this game. They include golfers Gary Player and Nick Faldo; television personalities David Attenborough and Bear Grylls; actors Eric Bana, Hugh Grant, Jude Law and Damian Lewis; singer Leona Lewis; and football coach Alex Ferguson.
It was the summer of Roger and Rafa.
Tennis fans had the chance to play two long-awaited matches between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – at Roland Garros last month and at Wimbledon on Friday.
Their semifinal at the All England Club will be the 40th meeting of their career. Nadal won the French Open semifinal, No. 39, to improve his record against Federer at 24-15. Before this match, Federer had won his last six meetings, all on hard. They have played only three times on the grass – all at the Wimbledon Finals, none since 2008.
You may remember this match.
The speed of the court can benefit Nadal.
A word has often been used to describe the Wimbledon courts this year: slow.
The big players like Federer and Petra Kvitova and the big waiters like Milos Raonic and Karolina Pliskova have all commented on the rhythm of the courts.
Slower ground means fewer aces and extensions. For example, the previous semi-final between Djokovic and Bautista included a 45 moves gathering of the baseline. Martina Navratilova has noted the number of players best known for their prowess on clay to reach the final rounds at Wimbledon.
Guido Pella, 29, was one of those players, although he has only won two matches at the All England Club in his previous career. He said the courts were "much slower" than in the past.
"I think the games are more playable than in previous years. You can play from the baseline without any problem. It was much easier for us to move, to play like a clay court.
"Like a dirt pitch" should be music to Nadal's ears, the greatest clay player in history.
Of course, he did not notice any difference.
"Honestly, the surface for me is the same, as always," he said.
The winner will face Novak Djokovic.
Whoever wins Friday will have another difficult task coming Sunday in the men's final. Reigning champion and defending champion Novak Djokovic secured his place in the final with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista Agut.
"I had to dig deep, it's the semi-finals," Djokovic told the BBC after the match. "Roberto was playing his first Grand Slam semifinal, but that did not matter, he was not really overwhelmed by the stadium and the opportunity. He played very well.
Djokovic, four-time All England Club champion, is 2-1 against Federer and Nadal at Wimbledon. the The Djokovic-Nadal rivalry is the most contested of the open era, with 54 matches. Djokovic leads 28-26, including wins in the 2019 Australian Open final and the 2018 semifinals at Wimbledon.
Djokovic played against Federer 47 times and beat him in 25 of those matches. Federer has not defeated Djokovic since 2015.
Be used to hearing about 2008.
Federer, 37, and Nadal, 33, have not played at Wimbledon for 11 years as Nadal beat Federer, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9 -7, to a final considered one of the biggest matches in the history of tennis. A book and a documentary about the match call "Strokes of Genius".
Bjorn Borg, whose Wimbledon final in 1980 against John McEnroe is pretty famous in itself, the 2008 final is "the best tennis game I've ever seen in my life".
It took 4 hours 48 minutes and remains the longest men's final of Wimbledon. It was interrupted twice by the rain. It was so dark at the end, around 9:15 pm. Nadal said: "In the last game, I did not see anything."
At the time, the match was widely perceived as a failure of the flame. No. 2 Nadal had routed the No. 1 Federer on clay during the final of the French Open a few weeks ago, but dethrone Federer on the grass was a huge step in the rapid rise of Nadal. Federer had beaten Nadal in the Wimbledon final the previous two years. Nadal became the first man since Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon the same year. The following month, Nadal replaced Federer at the top of the ranking.
In the end, however, the torch was not spent as much as it was shared. The two are still fighting over the last turns of the majors. Since the 2008 final, Federer has won eight Grand Slam singles titles for a total of 20, the men's record, and Nadal is just behind him with 18. (Djokovic, seeded number 1 this year, won 14 of his 15 championships since.)
Federer seeks his ninth title at Wimbledon.
Federer won a record eight singles titles at the All England Club, the most recent in 2017. He won five in a row from 2003 to 2007, a series that Nadal broke in this famous 2008 final.
Nadal won two wins at Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010. He was a finalist in 2011 and reached the semi-finals last year by losing a two-day dramatic match, five sets to Novak Djokovic. But between 2011 and 2018, Wimbledon was a source of frustration for Nadal, who was out of play early, including a first-round defeat in 2013.
They have not been pushed hard yet.
Nadal is ranked No. 2 and Federer No. 3, but at Wimbledon, their sowing is reversed because of the tournament formula, which rewards grass success over a two-year period.
Nadal complained of the formula before the start of the tournament and, when the draw came out, he certainly seemed to have the most difficult path. But since the tough second-round match against Nick Kyrgios, Nadal has been dominant. He lost only one set in the tournament, against Kyrgios. He did not face a favorite player either, sending Yuichi Sugita, Kyrgios, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, João Sousa and Sam Querrey. The average ranking of his opponents was 105.
Federer surprisingly lost his first round of the tournament against Lloyd Harris, a 22-year-old South African ranked 86th. The only other lost game from Federer came at the start of his quarter-final against eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori. Federer also beat Jay Clarke, No. 27 Lucas Pouille and n ° 17 Matteo Berrettini, who was one of the most prominent players on the grass circuit. After Berrettini was defeated, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, In 1 hour 14 minutes, he thanked Federer "for the tennis lesson".
Should we look forward to the American openness?
This year put an end to major droughts in the rivalry. After almost two years spent not playing against each other, Federer and Nadal will now meet for the second time in five weeks. They had spent 11 years without playing at Wimbledon. They had spent eight years between two matches at Roland Garros. In one way or another, they never clashed at the US Open. Is it the year?