Wimbledon 2019 Semi-finals Highlights - Nadal vs Federer, Djokovic vs Agut: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Wimbledon 2019 semi-final, to set up a title clash with defending champion Novak Djokovic. Federer pulled off some brilliant service games and unsettled Nadal to take control from the off. Rafael Nadal faought back take the second set 6-1 and level the match at 1-1. Federer's level completely dropped in the second set and Nadal took full advantage of that. Roger Federer had taken the first set 7-6(3) at Centre Court. Both the players hardly gave anything to each other in their service games before the tiebreak made it edgy. Nadal broke Federer twice in the tiebreak but could not hold on to the advantage while when Federer got the mini-break, he raced away and took the set.
Earlier, Novak Djokovic beats Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach a sixth final at All England Club. He has equalled Boris Becker, Jimmy Connors and Rod Laver in the fifth place on the all-time list of most men's singles Wimbledon final. The fourth set completely belonged to the world No.1 as Agut failed to keep up with Djokovic.
Jul 13, 2019 12:35 am (IST)
"I'm exhausted, it was tough at the end. Rafa played some unbelievable shots to stay in the match, it was a very high level," said Federer said after the match.
"The battles with Rafa are always special. The biggest points went my way, there were some tight ones in the long rallies."
"Novak is the defending champion and he has shown that this week," added Federer.
"He has been really solid. I will try and push him to the brink but it will be difficult as it's not for nothing that he is number one.
Rafael Nadal saves two match points to hold serve. It is now for Roger Federer to serve out the match. All the pressure on the 38-year-old now and Nadal is pumped up, willing to fight as always.
Set 4: Nadal 4-5 Federer. Federer leads the match 2-1
Jul 12, 2019 11:54 pm (IST)
Roger Federer has not been challenged on his serve in this set. Once again, he easily holds his serve to take a 5-3 lead in the fourth set and is now just a set away from reaching his 31st Grand Slam final.
Set 4: Nadal 3-5 Federer. Federer leads the match 2-1
Jul 12, 2019 11:51 pm (IST)
Rafael Nadal holds his serve to stay in the set, Roger Federer almost threatened to break once again. 15-30 down, Federer ran cross court all the way from the baseline to the net and connected to play a beautiful backhand crosscourt shot. However, Nadal did not let himself get bogged down and won the next two points to hold serve.
Set 4: Nadal 3-4 Federer. Federer leads the match 2-1
Jul 12, 2019 11:47 pm (IST)
Roger Federer holds his serve and the 8-time Wimbledon champion looks comfortable now. All the pressure in on Rafa Nadal and Federer is playing with absolute calmness. Nadal can be seen rebuking himself everytime he hits a bad shot.
Set 4: Nadal 2-4 Federer. Federer leads the match 2-1
Jul 12, 2019 11:41 pm (IST)
Rafael Nadal holds his serve to love but he will now have to break Roger Federer's serve in order to get back into this match. Federer is now eyeing a 31st Grand Slam tournament final.
Set 4: Nadal 2-3 Federer. Federer leads the match 2-1
Jul 12, 2019 11:38 pm (IST)
And that's how you consolidate the break. A love hold for Roger Federer and he stamps his authority over this fourth set. Rafa Nadal is going to have to play catch up now. Federer is in control of this match.
Set 4: Nadal 1-3 Federer. Federer leads the match 2-1
Jul 12, 2019 11:35 pm (IST)
Roger Federer Breaks Rafael Nadal | And that's the break Federer wanted. The Swiss takes the Nadal second serve early, sends the next return to the toe and Nadal scrambling with the foot movement hits the ball long. Can Nadal fight back from this?
Set 4: Nadal 1-2 Federer. Federer leads the match 2-1
Roger Federer holds his serve with absolute ease. The Swiss has the momentum and he is making the most of it. 2-1 down, the pressure is on Rafael Nadal and Federer would want to take advantage after all.
Set 4: Nadal 1-1 Federer. Federer leads the match 2-1
Jul 12, 2019 11:26 pm (IST)
Rafael Nadal is pumped off! The calls of 'Vamos' are ringing out loud from Nadal as he holds his serve to begin the fourth set of the semi-final vs Roger Federer. A solid service game from the Spaniard - one that would put the running momentum with Federer to a pause.
Set 4: Nadal 1-0 Federer. Federer leads the match 2-1.
Jul 12, 2019 11:18 pm (IST)
Roger Federer has stormed back in the semi-final. After losing the second set with an embarrasing scoreline of 6-1, Federer came back with vengeance and took the third set 6-3. This time it was Nadal's turn to drop the level as he struggled against Federer precision hitting.
Rafael Nadal holds his serve 40-30 and throws it up to Roger Federer to serve out the third set.
Set 3: Nadal 3-5 Federer. The match is tied at 1-1
Jul 12, 2019 11:11 pm (IST)
What a volley to finish that off! At 38, Roger Federer does a half piruvet and executes a backhand smash to hold his serve 40-15. The strokeplay in this match just keeps getting better!
Set 3: Nadal 2-5 Federer. The match is tied at 1-1
Jul 12, 2019 11:09 pm (IST)
Rafael Nadal fends off two break points to hold his serve. He stays in the set and did not let Roger Federer go two breaks up. What a battle this is turning out to be. This is everything that was expected out of this match.
Set 3: Nadal 2-4 Federer. The match is tied at 1-1
Jul 12, 2019 11:05 pm (IST)
Roger Federer has the massive support of his wife from the box! It's the Fedal rivalry and emotions are running high for everyone.
Roger Federer fends off three break points to hold serve. From 15-40 down, Federer made it deuce before Nadal brought up another break point opportunity. Long rallies ensued in this set and Nadal, trying to look for an acute angle, made mistakes to lose points. Federer consolidates his break to take a 4-1 lead in the third set with the match tied at 1-1.
Roger Federer Breaks Rafael Nadal | Backhand winner - Check. Forehand winner - Check. Volley - Check. Federer has breached the Nadal serve. That was a scintillating game for the Swiss and he has the breakthrough.
Set 3: Nadal 1-3 Federer. The match is tied at 1-1
Jul 12, 2019 10:46 pm (IST)
Rafael Nadal takes no time either. He holds his serve with ease to keep the third set on serve. The match is evenly poised now and this third set might hold the key.
Set 3: Nadal 1-1 Federer
Nadal could not challenge a single Federer serve and looks like the 8-time champion is now not willing to let up.
Set 3: Nadal 1-2 Federer
Jul 12, 2019 10:44 pm (IST)
Roger Federer holds his serve to love once again. The 8-time champion looks like he has found his concentration again and he will be raring to get back to his great rival and friend off-court.
Set 3: Nadal 0-1 Federer. The match is tied at 1-1
Jul 12, 2019 10:41 pm (IST)
Rafael Nadal came back with vengeance in that second set. Roger Federer's level dropped and Nadal made the absolute best of that crushing the 8-time champion 6-1. Federer will need to find his level again because Nadal is still going to fight for every single point.
That's a double blow from Rafael Nadal! Federer just cannot hold his serve at the moment and his level has dropped immensely from the first set. Rafael Nadal breaks Roger Federer once again and this set is as good as done.
And of course, Rafael Nadal serves out the set with ease. Poised Well We Say!
Set 2: Nadal 6-1 Federer. Federer won the first set 7-6(3)
Jul 12, 2019 10:36 pm (IST)
Rafael Nadal holds his serve with ease to consolidate the break against Roger Federer. Nadal has the grip on this second set now and Federer is struggling with the rhythm at the moment.
Set 2: Nadal 4-1 Federer. Federer won the first set 7-6(3)
Jul 12, 2019 10:30 pm (IST)
Rafael Nadal Breaks Roger Federer | Rafael Nadal gets the first break of the match. He breaks Federer 40-0 to take a lead in the second set. He now only needs to hold his serve. Federer now has to play catch up.
Set 2: Nadal 2-1 Federer. Federer won the first set 7-6(3)
Rafael Nadal saves a break point to hold his serve and take the lead in the second set. Right after a difficult hold, Federer threatened to break Nadal's serve but the Spaniard fought that moment and managed to stay on serve.
Set 2: Nadal 2-1 Federer. Federer won the first set 7-6(3)
Jul 12, 2019 10:20 pm (IST)
This second set has had a difficult start for Roger Federer! Rafael Nadal begins the set with a service hold and then Roger Federer fends off two break points on his serve before securing the serve on his second game point.
Set 2: Nadal 1-1 Federer. Federer won the first set 7-6(3)
Jul 12, 2019 10:07 pm (IST)
Another record for Roger Federer. So far in the match, Federer has served seven aces and he now has the record of most aces at the All England Club. Service Dominance!
Roger Federer breaks Rafa Nadal once again in the tiebreak to seal the first set. Nadal had earned two mini-breaks in this tiebreak but Federer negated them right away and then dominated the proceedings to take the lead in the semi-final.
This time Roger Federer gets his man! With a powerful and angled forehand shot, he gets the mini-break up this time around and back it up with a brilliant smash at the net. Is Federer now running away with this? Looks like that, he serves an ace to get himself a stranglehold on this one.
Set 1: Nadal 6-6 Federer (3-6)
Jul 12, 2019 9:59 pm (IST)
Nadal breaks Federer once again in the tiebreak as his defensive skills come to the fore. He makes the Swiss play an extra shot and he plays the backhand into the net. Can Nadal hold on to this one?
Well, the answer is no! Federer gets the break back immediately, not afraid to volley once again and Nadal's attempt to lob in unsuccessful as the ball goes long.
Roger Federer faces Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semi-final (Photo Credit: Reuters and Wimbledon)
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are set to recreate another Wimbledon in the second semi-final. Federer is looking to win a ninth title at the All England Club while Nadal aims for his third. 11 years after their epic Wimbledon 2008 final where Nadal had dethroned the grass king Federer to win his only title at the All England Club, the two friends will recreate their long-standing rivalry on the Centre Court. Back then, it took four hours and 48 minutes for Nadal to come out triumphant against Nadal in five epic sets. If not the two, the excited tennis audience will be hoping for another epic chapter in this tennis-defining rivalry.
Novak Djokovic marched towards the win after took the third set vs Roberto Bautista Agut to take a 2-1 lead in the Wimbledon 2019 semi-final on Centre Court. Djokovic had been far from his best but found a way through. Djokovic was pumped after having fought through that set and let out a roar in celebration.
Bautista Agut took the second set 6-4 to level the semi-final against Djokovic at 1-1. Bautista Agut had to serve the set out and he did it with utmost calm despite pressure from the world No.1. The world No.1 looks frustrated at the moment. Djokovic had taken the first set against Bautista Agut in their Wimbledon 2019 gentlemen's singles semi-final on Centre Court. Bautista Agut's nerves of the Grand Slam semi-final showed early on as Djokovic stamped his authority. With Djokovic on attack and Bautista Agut on the backfoot, the world No.1 broke the Spaniard twice to take the first set 6-2.
Novak Djokovic vs Bautista Agut was a bit of a mismatch - a match that was not on the cards. Early upsets and some fighting performance from the Spaniard means his bachelor party had been postponed, or rather shifted to the tennis court. Bautista Agut revealed after his quarter-final win that this weekend he was supposed to have his bachelor party. Instead, he faced the world No.1 on the Centre Court while all his friends came to watch him play. Perhaps, now he will return to the wedding celebrations.
For Djokovic, this is a big chance to get even closer to Nadal and Federer's Grand Slam titles records. For the second straight Wimbledon, he has reached the final and will look to defend the crown that he sensationally won last year.
On Thursday, Simona Halep and Serena Williams set up a blockbuster women's singles final after registering thumping wins in their respective semi-finals. While Halep thrashed Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3, Serena made short work of Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2.