LONDON — Roger Federer defeated old rival Rafael Nadal to reach his 12th Wimbledon final with a sublime display of tennis on Centre Court.
In what was their first meeting on the All England Club grass since that epic 2008 final, eight-time champion Federer toppled Nadal 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 Friday to set up a clash with Novak Djokovic for the 2019 championship.
Here’s how the sporting world reacted to the iconic duo’s 40th career meeting:
And, as always — a classy response from Nadal himself:
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