Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Federer Serves His Revenge in Thriller

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Federer Serves His Revenge in Thriller

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ROGER Federer gained revenge over Rafael Nadal 11 years on to set up a Wimbledon final showdown with Novak Djokovic.

A rematch of Federer and Nadal's classic 2008 title decider, won in five pulsating sets by the Spaniard, had been anticipated more than any match for years at the All England Club - and it did not disappoint.

The final stages were full of tension and drama, with Nadal saving four match points but, after three hours and two minutes, it was Federer, a month shy of his 38th birthday, who clinched a 7-6 (3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory and the chance to take on defending champion Djokovic.

Should he win, it would give the ageless Swiss a ninth Wimbledon title and take him to 21 grand slam trophies, three ahead of Nadal and six clear of Djokovic.

Federer said: "Key moments went my way and that made the difference today.

"It was very cool to play Rafa here after so long and it lived up to the hype. The climax at the end, with a crazy last game, it had everything, which was great, I guess.

"I'm relieved it's over - but it's going to be one of my favourite matches to look back on."

Nadal was gracious in defeat, and said: "It's been a tough one. I had my chances. He played a little bit better than me, I think.

"I probably didn't play as good as I did in the previous rounds, and he played well. So he deserved it. Congratulations to him." The Centre Court crowd are likely to be fiercely pro-Federer after Djokovic fell out with them during his semi-final.

The world number one booked a place in his sixth final with a 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista Agut, but he was in a tetchy mood with the spectators.

He baited them on several occasions, first ironically throwing his hands up when they cheered the Spaniard winning the second set, then shushing them by putting his finger against his lips before cupping his ear after winning a 45-shot rally on break point. …

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