Roger Federer to face Novak Djokovic on Saturday afternoon, July 14, 2019
Roger Federer defeated his ultimate rival Rafael Nadal yesterday, on his favorite surface, grass. The first set ended in a tiebreak for Roger, while he lost 1-6 to Rafa on the second one, making us wonder whether he can come back to the match or not. But the 37-year-old surprised everyone winning two straight sets, and defeated the Spanish Matador in 4 sets (7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4).
On the other side of the semi-finals, Djokovic defeated another Spanish player, Roberto Bautista Agut, also in 4 sets (6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2) in a match that he experienced many ups and downs. Now the Serbian is going to meet Federer for the third time in Wimbledon’s final, as he’s looking forward to beating him for the third time.
Wimbledon has always been considered the most prestigious tennis tournament of the year, and the oldest one as well, which started back in 1877. The tournament has been running ever since, except for the years 1940-1945 duo to World War II, and the prize money for both the men’s and women’s champions will be £2.35m, and the runner-ups will receive £1.175m in 2019.
This is most definitely every player’s dream to be the champion of the classy Wimbledon, even for Federer who will be playing his 12th Wimbledon final to claim his 9th title in London and Djokovic who will be fighting for his 5th title.
Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic has the lead in his rivalry with second seed Roger Federer with a record of 25-22. On the other hand, Federer as the all-time record of 101 wins on a grand slam title, which he has achieved on this particular tournament, making everyone calling him “The King of Grass”.
“I know it’s not over yet. There’s no point to start partying tonight or getting too emotional, too happy about it, even though I am extremely happy, If it was the end of the tournament, it would be very different right now. I’d be speaking very different, feeling very different. There is, unfortunately, or fortunately, one more match. It’s great on many levels. But I’ve got to put my head down and stay focused.”
post-match conference on July 12
On his last attempts on this stage in 2014 and 2015, Federer has lost to Djokovic in 5 and 4 sets, but yet it’s hard to consider any of the players the underdog, especially after Roger’s unbelievable performance last night against Rafael Nadal who has been playing incredibly good over the last few months, winning his 12th Roland Garros a while ago.
We’re expecting an epic battle since both players are looking very healthy and stable at the moment. The match will start at 2 p.m. local time.
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