Writing for the BBC, Jonathan Jurejko said: "Lengthy baseline rallies featuring flawless ground strokes, supreme athleticism belying their advancing years and scintillating winners - particularly from Federer's backhand - left the 15,000 crowd captivated".
The finish didn't come in the fifth set this time around, but Federer needed every bit of his imperious best to overcome every ounce of Nadal's heart and will to eke out an incredible fourth set 6-4 and return to the final of the All England Club for a 12th time. The Japanese sensation has been improving year by year and always looks like a serious threat at the Grand Slams. Their consistency and hunger keeps the rest of the pack on their toes and it therefore seemed inevitable that two out of this reigning triumvirate of tennis kings would go onto reach the final at this year's Wimbledon. Roger is roughly six weeks older than Serena, at 37 years, 338 days old.
Roger Federer says his record-breaking year has given him great belief in destiny as he competes for Wimbledon success number 9. I'm just relieved it's all over at this point.
"It's quite clear the work was done way before".
While commanding respect, Djokovic has grown used to silencing crowds who have taken against his determined, full-blooded approach.
Federer has earned a shot at a 21st Grand Slam, while denying Nadal the chance of a 19th.
Djokovic overcame Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 earlier on Friday to reach his sixth Wimbledon final.
After a punishing 45-shot rally ended in his favour, the Serb roared out his frustration, cupped his ear and placed an admonishing finger to his lips as most of Centre Court willed the ball to fall in the Spaniard's favour. "There's no point to start partying tonight or get too emotional, too happy about it, even though I am extremely happy", he said. A win also would give her a record-tying 24 Grand Slam victories. A year ago I had chances. Djokovic has yet to be truly tested at this Wimbledon. He faced David Goffin in the quarter-final and Ugo Humbert in the round of 16. The "NextGen" hopefuls in his half of the draw all failed to fire.
"It lived up to the hype, especially from coming out of the gates, we were both playing very well", he said.
"This surface complements his game very much". The match was played at a very high level. Takes away the time from his opponent. He'll have a little time before getting ready for the hard-court season and the year's final Slam in NY.
Newcombe remembered peering through the glass of the players' restaurant an hour before the final, and seeing Federer and Laver sitting together "with nobody else around". The Big Three - Federer, Nadal, Djokovic - had asserted themselves with authority throughout, all on the wrong side of 30 but undiminished by age.
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