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Roger Federer downs Rafael Nadal to book Wimbledon final with Novak Djokovic

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during a men's singles semifinal match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Roger Federer reached the semi-finals (Picture: AP)

Roger Federer will take on Novak Djokovic in the final of Wimbledon after downing great rival Rafael Nadal.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion downed the Spaniard 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 in their first meeting at the All England Club in 11 years, halting the world No. 2s 17-match winning streak.

He will now take on world No. 1 and defending champion Djokovic on Sunday. The Serb is chasing a fifth title in his sixth final in these parts, should he win he will equal Bjorn Borgs number of Wimbledon crowns.

A remarkable ninth title is on the line for the 37-year-old – who continues to amaze despite his age – and hes certainly being made to work hard for it, taking on both of his greatest rivals in the latter stages of the tournament.

The all-Big Three affair will ensure their 10-Slam winning streak is extended to 11 and Djokovic has the opportunity to extend his winning head-to-head against Federer at his favourite major.

Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his WImbledon semi-final
Djokovic awaits the second seed (Picture: Pool/Getty Images)

Its the second year in a row where Nadal has taken out in the semi-finals in SW19 – losing to Djokovic last year in a dramatic five-setter – and he was well beaten in an entertaining match up this time around.

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His recent record against the Swiss maestro has left something to be desired. Aside from last months French Open semi-final, the 33-year-old has lost his past five meetings.

For Federer, its a first Grand Slam final since the Australian Open in 2017 and he has the opportunity to extend his Grand Slam record by lifting a 21st major.

It was Federer who started the sharper in front of a star-studded crowd that included Sir Alex Ferguson, Hugh Grant and david . He kicked off proceedings with an ace – the first of seven in the opening set – while he crafted the first opportunity to break just before the half hour mark.

Rafael Nadal points to the crod during his Wimbledon defeat
Nadal was beaten (Picture: Getty)

A netted backhand let Nadal off the hook but Federer stepped on the gas in the tiebreak and moved in front.

Again, the second seed squandoured two more Read More – Source

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