Rafael Nadal has congratulated Roger Federer on his Wimbledon semi-final victory and wished him luck for Friday’s final against world No.1 Novak Djokovic.
The two rivals met at the All England Club for the first time since their epic final in 2008, with Federer coming out on top 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 in a gripping battle.
Both Federer and Nadal have a huge amount of mutual respect for each other despite their fierce rivalry, and the Spaniard showed there were no hard feelings afterwards.
‘Amazing match, well deserved win by Roger Federer,’ Nadal tweeted after the match. ‘I had some chances but… Roger played better.
‘Good luck for the final of Wimbledon 2019. Thanks for all the support. Always fantastic to be here. See you next year!’
Going into greater detail on the match, Nadal explained at his post-match press conference: ‘I think his return was better than my one this afternoon. I didn’t receive well today.
‘When that happens, he’s in advantage, he’s in the control of the match generally because you feel little bit more under pressure than him.
‘Even like this, I had, yeah, the early break in the third. I had a couple of mistakes in that moment. That have been a tough moment I needed to resist. The beginning of the third probably was one of the keys of the match. Then I think at the end of the match I started to play much better, no? But was late.
‘I think today the backhand didn’t work as good as in the previous rounds. I was little bit too worried about my backhand, so I was not able to move with freedom to the forehand. I was a little bit too worried about not missing with the backhand. When that happens against player like him, is so difficult. As I said, I think he played aggressive, he played a great match, and just well done for him.’
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