Roger Federer is happy that after the titanic fight against Rafael Nadal in the semi-final of Wimbledon on Friday, he can catch up, although he is already looking forward to the final battle. Novak Djokovic will be the opponent in that final on Sunday.
"I am exhausted," said Federer, who in 7 hours (7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3 and 6-4) was too strong for the Spaniard. "It was very tough. Matches against Nadal are always special and the level was high."
In the 40th confrontation between 37-year-old Federer and Nadal, four years younger, the Swiss was better in the third and fourth set in particular. "Maybe the difference was that my storage went well and that I always managed to attract the crucial points," said Federer, who only struck his fifth match point.
"Every time I thought I was there," Rafa "came up with incredible points. It was therefore a pleasure to play against him again. And I also enjoyed the audience."
Joy at Federer after the winning point. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"Djokovic shows why he is the title defender"
On Sunday Federer goes for his ninth Wimbledon title, after being the best on the London grass in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2017. The twenty-fold Grand Slam winner realizes that he is once again facing a tough challenge, because Djokovic has made an excellent impression so far. The Serbian number one of the world defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-final battle 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2.
"It will be a fantastic match against Djokovic again," Federer looked ahead. "Novak is the title defender and he shows why. His game these days is impressive. So I have to work hard, but I also have a lot to do with it."
The final between Federer and Djokovic starts on Sunday at 3 p.m. (Dutch time). The Serbian leads 25-22 in mutual duels and 2-1 on grass. The final battle is a repeat of the Wimbledon finals of 2014 and 2015 and Djokovic won that time.
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