Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

How to watch Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic in 2019 Wimbledon Final

How to watch Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic in 2019 Wimbledon Final

He said Friday's victory over Nadal, which was their first meeting at the grass-court Grand Slam since their epic 2008 final which the Spaniard won, would go down as one of his favourites to look back on. 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.

Federer will go on to face the top-seeded Novak Djokovic in the final. "There were some tight ones and long rallies", Federer said.

It took Federer five match points to finally defeat Nadal in what was the legends' 40th career meeting. When Djokovic ended that 45-stroke point - the longest on record at Wimbledon, where such stats date to 2005 - with a backhand victor, he cupped his ear while glaring into the stands.

Nadal had two chances to break straight back but Federer saved them, the master attacker showing his rival that he, too, can defend as if his life depended on it.

This was the second major in a row where they've faced off: Nadal won their windy French Open semifinal last month en route to his 12th championship on the red clay and 18th Slam overall.

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.

Down 3-1, Federer all but surrendered the set with half-hearted returns as Nadal levelled the semi up.

Roger Federer has won the first set 7-6 (3) in his Wimbledon semifinal against Rafael Nadal.

The eighth-seeded Mochizuki will play Carlos Gimeno Valero of Spain, who beat Harold Mayot of France 7-6 (5), 6-4. A win Saturday would be Williams's first Grand Slam title as a mother; she gave birth to her daughter two years ago.

Noel beat Diane Parry of France 6-2, 6-1, and Snigur defeated American Emma Navarro 6-3, 6-0.

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"But at the same time I created another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam".

But the 31-year-old Bautista Agut held his nerve to eventually level the semi-final at 6-4 off a fortuitous net cord.

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.

He also went on to add that he had few chances but Federer was a better player today at the Centre Court.

As entertaining Djokovic vs. Bautista Agut was - including a 45-stroke point won by Djokovic - it was merely a tasty appetizer ahead of the day's delectable main course. It was a close opening four or five games of the third set.

With the victory, Djokovic has reached his 25th Grand Slam final. He won the third set 6-3 and then took the final set 6-4.

"Then I think at the end of the match I started to play much better, but it was late". He double-faulted on his first set point but converted the second with a volley victor that clipped the net cord.

Djokovic fought off two break points, via a 23-shot rally, in the fifth game. The match resumed minutes later.

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.

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