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Roger Federer tops Rafael Nadal to make Wimbledon final

Roger Federer tops Rafael Nadal to make Wimbledon final

Williams has won 23 Grand Slam championships, including seven at Wimbledon.

The result not only narrowed 18-times major champion Nadal's advantage over Federer to 24-16 in their head-to-head meetings, it also earned the Swiss some much needed breathing space in the race to the top of the Grand Slam leaderboard.

After waiting 11 years to get another shot against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, Roger Federer was so, so close to the finish line.

That Wimbledon final - a five-set epic that finished in near darkness - inspired books, a documentary and a rivalry and thoughts about "passing the torch". His only loss was against Andy Murray in 2013. It didn't matter that he was 26 and his opponent 22.

On the women's side, American Serena Williams is looking to tie the women's record of Grand Slam championships. "I hope this gives me a huge boost for the final on Sunday".

"Last year I had chances here (he lost in five sets to Djokovic in the semi-final), I had another one, and I was not able to convert to win it one more time here". Rallies on grass are usually shorter than on clay or hard courts.

But he hit back swiftly in the third set, breaking Nadal for the first time after winning the point of the match with a breathtaking backhand volley in the fourth game. She won her first and only Grand Slam title at the French Open a year ago. He faced 27th seed Lucas Pouille in the third round and 17th Matteo Berrettini in the fourth.

Second-seeded Roger Federer topped No. 3 Rafael Nadal, 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, on Friday, in a matchup that wasn't short on drama.

Roger Federer was in trouble. He has won 101 matches at the place - more than any other man at any Slam, even Nadal at Roland Garros. "That's where the match could have gone a different way". He also became the first man to win 100 singles matches at one Grand Slam. It's been a rock solid year of mine, I won in Halle [for a record 10th time last month], the stars are aligned right now. But the Spaniard made outstanding efforts during the game and forced his rival to deliver his best.

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With the victory, Djokovic has reached his 25th Grand Slam final. His serve has improved tremendously and he has the big strikes to trouble on return as well, his forehand is nearly as powerful as it is on clay. But it seemed like this could finally be the year he would make his triumphant return. "He has improved so much over the years on this surface".

"From that standpoint I can go into that match very confident". It's impressive to see how healthy he's stayed. But since 2008 they have not been in opposition here.

And who else but Nadal could somehow retrieve an apparently untouchable ball and send up a lob that Federer would shank a leaping overhead, as happened in the last game?

The tensest, most thrilling of games followed, and after Federer fluffed a smash, Nadal squandered a break-back point.

"I had spells where I was serving really well", he admitted. I managed to make a victor down the line with a backhand. Maybe volleying better, slicing better.

"Age kicks in. I know it's not over yet".

We have guys like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime coming through, but for now, we have these three incredible legends leading our sport and it is a privilege to watch them do what they do.

Noel beat Diane Parry of France 6-2, 6-1, and Snigur defeated Emma Navarro of the United States 6-3, 6-0.