In the 40th clash of the tennis titans, eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours and two minutes in the semi-final of Wimbledon 2019. It was the Swiss's 16th victory over the Spaniard and the seventh in the previous eight games!
Thus, Roger advanced to the twelfth final of Wimbledon (no other player reached more than seven), 16 years after his first in 2003, surrendering his old magic to clinch the fourth win over Rafa in Majors. Roger and Rafa met for the fourth time at Wimbledon, their first since that epic clash in 2008 when Nadal prevailed in five sets to lift the title.
This time, it was Federer, who threw everything he had on the opponent to keep the points on his racket and deploy the rallies the way he wanted. Defending his backhand correctly, Roger avoided lengthy slices and exchanges to hit at full speed, mastering his punches well and dominating Nadal in sets three and four to establish the title clash against Novak Djokovic, his first since two meetings in 2014 and 2015.
Eager to go at least one step further than a year ago and advance to the first Wimbledon final since 2011, Rafa gave his best in sets one and two, dropping a narrow first match and taking the lead in the second. to level the overall score.
Still, Federer proved too strong in the third and fourth, beating his great rival and staying on the course of the title. The Swiss had 51 winners and 27 unforced errors, leaving Rafa at a 32-25 ratio and playing better on the return, giving him the crucial advantage.
Both players converted two break opportunities, and Federer delivered them at the most critical moments, celebrating the All England Club's 101st win. Federer had the upper hand in mid-range exchanges in the first set, with just one break point in the entire set that Rafa saved at 3-4 to set up a tie break in which Roger scored five points in a row for 7-3.
During one of his recent press conferences at the ongoing Barcelona Open, Rafael Nadal himself was asked to give his two cents on the European Super League. But the Spaniard revealed he was not well-versed with the details of the league, and as such couldn't comment much on it.
Rafael Nadal reflects on the Super League
"Sorry, but I don't have a clear opinion," Rafael Nadal said. "Something has been announced that is not 100 percent clear and I would not like to take false steps when it comes to commenting.
Sport in general is suffering all over the world with this pandemic, economically, and it is logical that solutions are sought," he added. "If the solution is correct or not, I don't know. Without knowing everything, it is difficult for me to have a clear opinion and that is why I prefer not to comment. When I give my opinion, I try to be informed and in this case, I'm not."