Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wimbledon Glance: Roger vs. Rafa once again at Wimbledon

Wimbledon Glance: Roger vs. Rafa once again at Wimbledon

Played over nearly seven hours because of rain delays and ending in virtual darkness in front of a mesmerised Centre Court, Federer and Nadal's last meeting at Wimbledon is widely regarded as the pinnacle of the sport.

Old rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet at Wimbledon for the first time in nine years as they face off in the semi final tomorrow.

But Nadal did win the last one, edging Federer 9-7 in the fifth set of the 2008 final - considered by many the greatest match in tennis' lengthy history - as daylight dwindled to nothing.

In 2008, the Spaniard won his first Wimbledon crown after a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (8-10), 9-7 marathon that lasted nearly five hours.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic withstood a courageous effort by Roberto Bautista Agut as he wore down the Spaniard 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the Wimbledon final for the sixth time in his career.

Partly cloudy. High of 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius).

Rather ominously though, for the Spaniard, Novak Djokovic destroyed David Goffin for the loss of just six games across the three sets competed - including a second set bagel - and Bautista-Agut meets the world number one in the first semi-final today, scheduled at 1300 United Kingdom time.

"I promise you, when I hit a volley I was like, 'Would I have made that if I didn't play doubles?" He'll play either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in what will be his 25th grand slam final. Nadal was the finalist at the Australian Open and the semi-finalist at Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, not enjoying the best campaign on clay before conquering Rome and Roland Garros to add 3000 clear points to his tally and move in front of Novak.

After almost two weeks of low-key and uneventful tennis on the men's side, Wimbledon finally spat out a matchup that promises drama to the highest degree.

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"I'm excited to play him again".

Friday will be the 40 meeting between Federer and Nadal and the pair, who share a combined 38 Grand Slam titles between them, know each other game's inside out.

A SPIRITED early effort from Sam Querrey in which he had his chances in set one against Rafa Nadal wasn't enough in Wednesday's quarter finals, with Querrey desperately needing to take the opener.

The 32-year-old will go into Sunday's final seeking a 16th major title with a career advantage over both his great rivals. However, the match will only start after the end of the semifinal match between Novak Djokovic and Robert Bautista Agut.

"It was a really close opening four to five games of the third set that could have gone either way - thankfully it went mine".

Now, Calvert has dialed in on Federer vs. Nadal and locked in multiple best bets.

Agut has beaten Djokovic twice this year already, at Doha and Miami.

That said, the underdog has won this battle in two of the last four clashes and Federer is certainly capable of turning up and increasing his level from anything we've seen so far this fortnight. No. 23 seed Roberto Bautista Agut, 8 a.m.

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