Roger Federer downs Rafael Nadal to book Wimbledon final with Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer reached the semi-finals (Picture: AP)

Roger Federer will take on Novak Djokovic in the final of Wimbledon after downing great rival Rafael Nadal.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion downed the Spaniard 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 in their first meeting at the All England Club in 11 years, halting the world No. 2’s 17-match winning streak.

He will now take on world No. 1 and defending champion Djokovic on Sunday. The Serb is chasing a fifth title in his sixth final in these parts, should he win he will equal Bjorn Borg’s number of Wimbledon crowns.

A remarkable ninth title is on the line for the 37-year-old – who continues to amaze despite his age – and he’s certainly being made to work hard for it, taking on both of his greatest rivals in the latter stages of the tournament.

The all-Big Three affair will ensure their 10-Slam winning streak is extended to 11 and Djokovic has the opportunity to extend his winning head-to-head against Federer at his favourite major.

Djokovic awaits the second seed (Picture:  Pool/Getty Images)

It’s the second year in a row where Nadal has taken out in the semi-finals in SW19 – losing to Djokovic last year in a dramatic five-setter – and he was well beaten in an entertaining match up this time around.

His recent record against the Swiss maestro has left something to be desired. Aside from last month’s French Open semi-final, the 33-year-old has lost his past five meetings.

For Federer, it’s a first Grand Slam final since the Australian Open in 2017 and he has the opportunity to extend his Grand Slam record by lifting a 21st major.

It was Federer who started the sharper in front of a star-studded crowd that included Sir Alex Ferguson, Hugh Grant and david . He kicked off proceedings with an ace – the first of seven in the opening set – while he crafted the first opportunity to break just before the half hour mark.

Nadal was beaten (Picture: Getty)

A netted backhand let Nadal off the hook but Federer stepped on the gas in the tiebreak and moved in front.

Again, the second seed squandoured two more break points and this time he was made to pay as Nadal struck twice to level the match.

Perhaps the 37-year-old took a view to conserve his energy he pendulum swung again. Federer broke and then vitally consolidated, saving three break points – one with a 23-shot exchange.

After moving back in front, Federer forced a forehand error from the relentless Spaniard. Nadal saved two match points at 3-5 but it wasn’t enough as he crashed out.

Nerves perhaps got the better of the Swiss as he missed a smash when trying to set another match point but Nadal failed to convert the break point.

The Spaniard kept fighting to the last, saving four match points as the contest hit the three-hour mark but Federer got over the final hurdle at the fifth time of asking.


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