Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic faced off this morning in a Wimbledon Semifinal match equally as anticipated as the final. In the end, Roger Federer bested the world number one Djokovic at the All England Club 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3, booking his seventh trip to the Wimbledon Finals where he has won six times. Take a look at the video highlights from the Federer v Djokovic Semifinal match at Wimbledon and keep reading for more info!
Federer v Djokovic Wimbledon Semifinal Video Highlights:
Federer v Djokovic Wimbledon Semifinal in Photos
Here are a number of notable moments from the match via the Guardian’s live blog coverage:
First set: Djokovic* 2-4 Federer (*denotes server): A ripple of applause when Federer shows he’s not only adept with his hands, reacting quickly to block a long serve with his feet. They enjoyed that. And they enjoy this too: having been 30-0 down, Federer gets it back to 30-all and then earns a break point when Djokovic slips when trying to defend a cross-court backhand. Sure enough, Djokovic nets a backhand and Federer edges ahead. Put the emphasis on edges, because he’s been in this position before. About a month ago, actually. “In case of interest, apparently the roof on favours federer – the better server, one who wants quicker points and hits more precise shots,” says Daniel Harris. Yes, I’m hearing that. Federer has a good record in indoor matches, but the conditions are more humid and heavy under the roof. So who knows?
Second set: Djokovic 3-6, 2-0 Federer* (*denotes server): Djokovic has suddenly stepped it up, as if affronted by such impertinence from Federer. Let’s not forget who the defending champion is. He races into a 0-30 lead, the pace of his groundstrokes too hot for Federer to handle. He earns three break points with a stunning forehand. He can’t take the first, but there’s no escape for Federer on the second, as Djokovic dominates the point with an array of backhands, Federer eventually slapping a poor forehand into the net. The momentum changes so quickly. “Your clip of Djokovic really got me in the mood for a great days tennis,” says Simo McMahon. “Who’s your money on today? It’s just that it’s not clear from your preamble who you are edging towards for this match. My guess is Djokovic, though, right?” Correct, and I stand by that now.
Third set: Djokovic* 3-6, 6-3 1-1 Federer (*denotes server): I notice that Mirka never has to wear a Federer hat. Make of that what you will. Federer seems buoyed by that old, and is hitting his groundstrokes with more power and pace – Alan Hansen will approve. He takes an unlikely 15-30 lead, only to slice wide off a second serve. What a miss. He is livid. But a bit happier now, as Djokovic hands him a break point with a backhand past the baseline. Djokovic smashes a serve long and challenges in vain. A second serve, then, but Federer wildly slashes a forehand wide. Oh dear. Djokovic escapes. And holds. That could be pivotal. He’ll break him now, you watch. “People keep banging on about Federer’s age, but he’s only two weeks older than me, so he must surely still be a young tyke with plenty of miles left in the tank,” says Matt Dony. “That said, I’m beginning to think maybe my time has past. I might never win a major. Ah well…”
Third set: Djokovic* 3-6, 6-3 3-3 Federer (*denotes server): Whenever Federer wins a point, the applause is stronger, even when he takes one at 30-0 down. There’s not much impartiality about. Maybe they’re just getting ready for later. Expert retrieving from Federer at 30-15 forces Djokovic to hit a backhand long, giving the Swiss a flicker of hope. A double-fault – “Oooohhhs” from the crowd – gives Federer a break point. He wasted one in the previous game. Can he take this one? No. But what a point. What a point. What. A. Point. There were hooks, uppercuts, blocks, haymakers, straight rights from both players, but eventually Federer swings and misses, slamming a forehand wide. Incredible. That was exquisite, but Djokovic’s defence is remarkable. It’s hotting up now. At deuce, Djokovic enjoys a huge slice of luck when his backhand pass clips the top of the net, and Federer can’t adjust quickly enough with his reaction volley. Judging by the disappointment around me, everyone’s backing Federer here. He’s certainly on the prowl. Another awesome point follows, Federer producing a moment of genius with the 25th point of the rally, a cracking backhand down the line. Another break point. Another missed chance – they’re racking up – and Djokovic holds after more chicanery between the two at the net.
Third set: Djokovic 3-6, 6-3 4-5 Federer* (*denotes server): At 30-all, a terrible, wild miss on the forehand from Federer gives Djokovic a break point, his first of the third set. But three storming first serves from Federer rescue him. Now Djokovic has to serve to stay in the third set. “If Novak Djokovic was a Roman, would his name by Glutenous Maximus?” says Daniel Harris. Arf. His forehands have been very gluten-free. What food would you give up to become a grand slam champion?
Roger Federer beats Novak Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the Wimbledon final! Nerves? What nerves? Federer wins a the first point with a big second serve. As you do. No bother. But Djokovic won’t go away, won’t lie down, and makes it 15-all, his drop-shot clipping the net cord. On the next point, Federer smashes a forehand into the corner and then races forward for the smash. 30-15. But the first serves aren’t landing and a wide forehand – an anxious forehand – makes it 30-all. A Djokovic return is called out – but he challenges and it’s just in! Another first serve for Federer and this time Djokovic can’t get it back. He challenges the serve, but it was in and Federer has match point! He’s wasted so many against Djokovic in the past. What must be going through his head? Will he choke again? Give over. His first serve returns at the right time, and Djokovic has no riposte, slapping a forehand into the net! That’s it! Federer is in his eighth Wimbledon final against either Andy Murray or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Sunday. What a player.