Rod Laver had predicted Roger Federer would have lost to Rafael Nadal in five sets on Friday. That did not happen as the Swiss prevailed in four. On Twitter, Laver suggested the Basel native can now beat Novak Djokovic and conquer his No.
21 Grand Slam title. "My great friend & GOAT Roger - the undisputed Master of Wimbledon - produced one of his greatest performances there today. Rafa also played some unbelievable tennis and it takes two to produce a classic.
Roger can go all the way, it will be a final for the ages", wrote Laver. On Federer, Nadal said: “He is always able to do the most difficult things easily. He’s able to move inside the court quicker than anyone.
He puts pressure on the opponent all the time because he has the ability to take the ball earlier than anybody else. That's probably the most difficult thing to make happen and he is able to do it so well. You need to make him miss because you put him out of position.
I probably didn't hit the ball clean enough to make that happen this afternoon. Then you are in a situation where he plays in his comfort zone and it’s difficult from there - for me and for everybody, I think”.
On Twitter, the Spaniard added: "Amazing match well deserved win by Roger. I had some chances but... Roger played better. Good luck for the final Wimbledon 2019. Thanks all for the support. Always fantastic to be here. See you next year!"