Published: 20:19 | 12/7/19

Federer overcomes Nadal to reach decider

Roger Federer will bid for a ninth title when he faces Novak Djokovic in Sunday's Men's final at Wimbledon after edging great rival Rafael Nadal in four sets.

In their first meeting at Wimbledon since their epic final in 2008, it was Federer who prevailed on Centre Court, seeing off the Spaniard 7-6, 1-6 6-3 6-4 to reach his 31st Grand Slam decider.

Those hoping for another thrilling encounter were not disappointed as the two players produced an enthralling match, which last just over three hours, proving that they are still hungry for success.

As expected it proved to be a tight affair with neither giving their opponent much opportunity in the opening set and a tie-break was needed to determine who would gain the advantage. It was Federer who emerged victorious but he was broken in the fourth game of the second to hand Nadal a 3-1 lead.

Nadal seized the opportunity to level the match but the momentum swung in Federer's favour in the third set, unsettling his opponent, which resulted in the Swiss breaking.

Another crucial break arrived in the third game of the fourth set to leave Federer on course for another final appearance. Nadal, however, refused to give up and searched for a way to break, but his rival proved too strong and he was forced to save two match points on his own serve.

It was then up to Federer to serve it out and in a thrilling game he finally finished off Nadal to book his place in Sunday's decider.

"I'm exhausted. It was tough - at the end Rafa played some unbelievable shots to stay in the match," Federer told BBC Sport.

"I had spells where I was serving very well and probably the biggest points in the match went my way.

"That first set was huge, to get the lead and try to protect it. It was a joy to play."

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