Rafael Nadal is slightly favorite against Novak Djokovic, says coach

Rafael Nadal is slightly favorite against Novak Djokovic, says coach

Rafael Nadal is slightly favorite against Novak Djokovic, says coach

It also followed a semi-final defeat to Nadal at the French Open last month where he won just seven games.

The victor will play either John Isner or Kevin Anderson in Sunday's final.

Djokovic went on to dominate the game, winning nine more Grand Slams.

A match that set the record for the longest Grand Slam final in history. A great quality of tennis, especially in the last set, some incredible points, .

"We have always considered him an ambassador and he continues to wave the flag".

Fast food chain Nandos, which originated from South Africa, has pledged to give away free meals to people who share names with the two players, until Anderson is knocked out of the tournament or wins the final. Djokovic leads 26-25 so far but the bare statistics tell only half the tale, as to exactly why the emotions will be bubbling.

"But is impossible to win always, even for him (Federer)".

He looked flat as he was broken to trail 1-3 but he clawed his way back to lead 5-4 with his serve to come. Except this was a quarter-final, so the stakes felt slightly lower.

The Spaniard, past the fourth round at the All England Club for the first time since that 2011 final, knows exactly what he has to do.

"I'm really not thinking about being an underdog or being a favourite", he said. "I tried to resist and maintain focus". "He's playing very well, I've seen so much of him".

After a hectic clay-court season where he won the Monte Carlo, Rome and French Open titles, Nadal chose to go into Wimbledon without playing a warm-up event on grass for the second year running.

Shattered, and defeated, having had victory in his grasp, the 29-year-old Argentinean collapsed to the ground, only for Nadal, to cross the net and go comfort the man he first played 11 years ago.

"Of course I was anxious when I lost the second set", said Nadal, who had reached the quarter-finals without dropping a set and might have continued that run had he not squandered four set points, including one with a double fault, in the tiebreak.

To find the last time that Rafael Nadal was within two grand-slam titles of Roger Federer, you have to go back to the early summer of 2004.

The duel lasted 4:48 at Centre Court, the longest match of the tournament this year at the All England Club.

He eventually finished off world number 53 Simon in the match's third tiebreak to move into his second Wimbledon quarter-final where twice champion Nadal is waiting.

But, for all that Isner is on a high, literally and figuratively, Anderson's win over Federer could be the key to this match. He has one Slam final appearance in that span.

"But also putting myself in these positions where hopefully I'm able to get another step forward and be playing on Sunday".

Isner is 8-3 against Anderson, and this will be his first career semifinal at a major.

"But my goal is to try to play very well". But Rafa came to me and we made a big hug, and it was kind of him.

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