Roger Federer on Friday beat his arch-rival Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon single’s semi-final in four sets 7-6(3) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The Friday’s victory by the Swiss champion was his 16th in a rivalry that goes back 15 years and it came as some compensation for the straight sets drubbing he took from Nadal in the French Open last month. That was on Nadal’s favourite clay court. The Wimbledon’s grads is Federer’s favourite turf. This explains why Federer has reached Wimbledon finals on 12 occasions in his career.
Like every year, fans began to speculate if this was the last time we had seen Federer and Nadal to play against each other. Not really, said Nadal after the match.
The Spaniard said, “We are not done, so… Things continue.” He added, “Just have been another episode this afternoon. Of course, as I said the other day, we know that every time is less chances to play against each other in this high quality, high important matches. Is another chance this afternoon. Sad for the loss because for me was another opportunity.”
Nadal also paid a rich tribute to Federer’s class as he said, “He is always able to do the most difficult things easy.”
Nadal added, “He’s able to move inside the court quicker than no one. He puts pressure on the opponent all the time because he has the ability to take the ball earlier than nobody else. That’s probably the most difficult thing to make that happen, and he is able to do it so well.”
Federer will now face Serbian Novak Djokovic for the prestigious single’s title at the SW19.