Rafael Nadal laments another missed opportunity to win Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal laments another missed opportunity to win Wimbledon

Perhaps Federer, who turns 38 on August 8, will extend his lead on the career list to a men's-record 21 championships, which would leave him three ahead of Nadal, who is 33 years old, and six ahead of Djokovic, who is 32.

Twitter was overawed by the level of play both the veterans produced on Friday and could not stop gushing over Federer's ability to push the limits at the All England Club. They have previously faced each other at this juncture thrice, in 2012, 2014 and 2015, wherein Federer beat Djokovic in 2012, but succumbed to his counterpart in 2014 and 2015.

Federer will not mind with his win coming just a month after Nadal handed him his worst loss at a Slam in 11 years in the Roland Garros semi-finals.

"You go through these kind of emotional moments, especially in big matches like this, all the time".

Djokovic overcame Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 earlier Friday to reach his sixth Wimbledon final.

Nadal was under pressure straight away in that fourth set, broken in the third game, as the match then dipped into the grinding trenches, the Spaniard serving in the ninth game to stay alive, twilight descending.

Federer has won eight titles at SW19 and ranks his win over Nadal as one of the best experiences he has had in the tournament. However, a six-Slam gap sounds far more daunting than four.

But still, Federer says that in any Wimbledon final you don't have as much time to study your opponent, comparing it to a school exam.

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Novak Djokovic was our pre-tournament pick for Wimbledon glory and he is still fancied to win the final at the expense of Roger Federer.

Nadal, who won his 12th French Open trophy in June, ended up on the wrong end of a 7-6 (7/3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat. It, and probably the match, hinged on the seventh game as Djokovic, a break to the good, served at 30-40.

"I'm exhausted. It was tough at the end".

Thirty-seven year-old tennis legend Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in a four-set Wimbledon semifinal match Friday afternoon, 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach his 12th Wimbledon final.

So for now, as Federer prepares to face Djokovic on Sunday, Nadal will leave Wimbledon one match earlier than he wanted, for the second year in a row. Djokovic won 14 of the next 18 points while pulling out to a 3-0 lead - and he didn't need to produce much magic to do so. But the top-seeded Serb saved two break chances in the third set and won easily in the fourth, though he needed five match points in the final game to close it out. He double-faulted on his first set point but converted the second with a volley victor that clipped the net cord. The second part of an ultimate "Novak Slam" came at Flushing Meadows, where the start was delayed by three hours due to rain but Djokovic kept his nerve in another epic, saving 19 of 23 break points.

The Wimbledon semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Roberto Bautista Agut was briefly interrupted after a fan became ill on Centre Court. He is the defending champion and has showed why this week.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic withstood a courageous effort by Roberto Bautista Agut as he wore down the Spaniard 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the Wimbledon final for the sixth time in his career.