'Worst in history': Roger Federer ridiculed over baffling Wimbledon moment

Annette Crawford
July 13, 2019

And it was a gem on Friday, but of lesser brilliance.

But unlike Nadal's five-set victory in that epic encounter more than a decade ago, a match dubbed the greatest of all time, Federer reigned 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 in another classic on Friday to set up a blockbuster final with world No.1 Novak Djokovic.

That's two 37-year-olds left standing on the meticulously manicured (but still threadbare) lawns of SW19: Federer and Serena Williams, each bidding for a championship title on the weekend, each already burnished in glory.

This will be the 48th time Federer and Djokovic play against each other as pros, which is eight more than Federer vs. Nadal has happened. "I can be very happy".

"Then whatever happens externally is, I guess, a effect or manifestation of that. I'm just relieved it's all over at this point".

Federer opened the encounter with an ace, his 43rd of the tournament. But on the fifth, a Nadal backlong went long and it was all over after three hours and six minutes on Centre Court.

Federer, who passed the 100-win mark at Wimbledon in his quarter-final victory over Kei Nishikori, is feeling especially confident after seeing off Rafael Nadal in four sets in the semi-final.

"I'm going to go out there and fight and give it my all. But was late", Nadal said.

"There is, unfortunately or fortunately, one more (match to play)".

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.


While Federer had a slightly tougher draw, one still expected him to saunter into the semi-finals. He dominated on many of those points, however, lethally metronomic when necessary, while Nadal double-tugged on his nose, his hair, his shirt, his shorts, his underwear.

Federer won the first set 7-6 (3). In their head-to-head record, he was 2-18 when dropping the opener.

As is the case with Nadal, Federer has faced Djokovic so many times over the years that each knows the other's game so well. Prior to Friday's semifinal, he had dropped just one set throughout the tournament (to Nick Kyrgios in the second round). While he had looked belligerent in the second set, the final two sets belonged entirely to Federer because of his ferocious serves and cross court shots.

Like all great sporting rivalries, there is no doubt that both Federer and Nadal are a major cause for each other's respective success.

Federer amassed 10 break points, and though he succeeded on just two, that was enough, with the last, vital conversion making it 2-1 in the fourth set. Those might have made the difference today.

Can't connect right now! "But at the same time, I [will] create another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam".

There was no respite for Nadal, an 18-time Slam victor, who slipped a break down at 2-1 in the fourth.

In the third set, Federer broke Nadal for the first time in the match to take a 3-1 lead, then saved three break points in the next game. He had two match points while Nadal was serving at 3-5, but the Spaniard, as he always seems to do, dug deep and managed to hold.

The briefest of embrace, mutual chest taps, at the net.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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