Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic reaches his 25th Grand Slam final

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Djokovic was subjected to tough competition in the shape of Agut. The Spaniard fought back brilliantly against World No. 1 who sealed his spot in the final after four closely-contested sets.

In the opening set, Djokovic was quick to take a 3-0 lead before Agut could get his name on the scoreboard. The latter could only bag two games in the first set before Djokovic closed it in his favour.

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Agut then fired back in the next set. He took a comfortable lead against the Serb and converted it into a hard-fought win. The two had 1 set each under their belt. For a moment, it looked like this match will go up to five sets but Djokovic did not want to delay his plans.

He quickly took a 3-1 lead in the third set yet again. It was during this time when Agut and Djokovic were engaged in a 45-shot rally — the longest in Wimbledon history. Djokovic won that rally with a backhand shot and took a 5-2 lead. He then closed the third set with ease and went on to play the last one.

The fourth set saw Agut struggling to win back his chance at surviving the game. However, Djokovic was dominant as ever and easily finished the set to continue his title defense.

Result: Novak Djokovic defeats Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

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Wimbledon 2019: How Simona Halep fulfilled her mother’s 15-year-old dream

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Simona Halep is through to Wimbledon 2019 final after ending Elina Svitolina’s dream run. This is the first time when the former World No. 1 qualified for the final stage of Grand Slam at the All England Club.

Following her match, Halep discussed how she felt after winning in straight sets against Svitolina. Halep also went on to reveal that it was her mother’s decade-old dream to see her play the final at Wimbledon.

In the post-match press conference, Simona Halep was quoted saying, “I talked to my mum after the match. About 10, 15 years ago she said her dream is the final in Wimbledon because everyone is here, the Royal Box.”

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“She said I think it’s an unbelievable moment. So today her dream came true, so I will play a final. To be able to play Wimbledon final, it’s pretty amazing. I will enjoy for sure”, she added

Halep is set to go up against 7-time Wimbledon Champion Serena Williams in the final that’s scheduled to be held tomorrow. Halep lost the duo’s previous and only encounter on grass court. She has had ten career meeting with the 37-year-old icon but could only manage to win one match.

Wimbledon 2019: Former World No. 3 says Roger Federer stopped his career

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Roger Federer is in his quest for the ninth Wimbledon title. He will go up against Rafael Nadal at the Centre Court to fight for a spot in Wimbledon 2019 final.

Ahead of this epic clash, several members of Tennis fraternity are weighing the strength and weaknesses of two of the biggest names in Tennis.

Former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko took the opportunity to comment on how Federer’s game has changed over the years. He recalled how his career was stopped by the Swiss legend, owing to latter’s constant victories.

As per the reports, Davydenko said, “My career was stopped by Roger Federer. He is the only one who constantly beat me in all the main tournaments – quarterfinals and semifinals. It was his era – at some point he was unbeatable, it was difficult to beat him.”

 

“His game is short, fast, light, strong. He tries to avoid the long matches that can create problems for health. Another thing: he manages to stay focused at 38 years of age. He can play fast tennis for 100 more years, the only question mark is how much he can focus on his eyes”, he added.

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Federer and Davydenko had 11 career meetings before the Russian’s retirement in 2014. In all those matches, the Davydenko could manage to win only two encounters. Thus, he opened up about how that affected his career.

Davydenko also revealed a vital change in Federer’s matches. He stressed on the fact that now Wimbledon second seed likes to keep his matches short. However, if they end up going to the fifth set, Federer’s body starts to drop.

Davydenko continued, “Now he keeps up with the match for one hour and a half or two hours. But if the match lasts five sets, his body starts dropping. Especially when he plays against Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic. A 20-year-old is physically stronger, but he is afraid of playing against the big Federer.”

 

“Davydenko also spoke about the prize money in Grand Slams: “I think it’s maybe even too much. Before I had to go through two or three round to make some money. Now you can come to Grand Slam with the whole family, take your grandparents lose in the first round and have a good check anyway,” he concluded.

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Wimbledon 219: Rafael Nadal discusses his most emotional moment at All England Club

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Wimbledon third seed Rafael Nadal is set to go up against Roger Federer in tournament semi-final. The duo is meeting at the All England Club for the first time in eleven years.

Back in 2008, Nadal and Federer locked horns in the tournament final. At the end of a thrilling 5-setter, Nadal prevailed and went on to lift his second Wimbledon title. That was also the last time Nadal won the Wimbledon title.

Now, the Spaniard will look to prevail once again in this Wimbledon rematch. However, he still feels that it was his unforgettable match against Federer in 2008 final is the most emotional moment for him.

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He was quoted saying, “We played a lot of good matches. Here in this tournament, we played two great finals, 2007 and 2008. Have been two emotional matches. Personally, 2008 was a little bit more emotional for me.

 

“But I appreciate the fact that I was part of 2007, too. Then we played a lot of matches all around the world,” added Nadal.

This is the fourth time when Federer and Nadal will meet at All England Club. Nadal even hailed Federer as the greatest player on Grass Court.

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Wimbledon 2019: Rafael Nadal discusses what’s common between him and Roger Federer

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Rafael Nadal defeated Sam Querrey in straight sets to set up a match against Roger Federer in Wimbledon 2019 semi-final. The duo will lock horns at the Centre Court for a spot in the Grand Slam final at the All England Club.

The last time Nadal and Federer met each other at Wimbledon was eleven years ago. The Spaniard won the thrilling 5-setter to lift the title in 2008. Now, they are once against prepared to face each other in a crucial match.

Nadal admitted that he is excited to play against Federer. He even referred to the latter as the greatest of all time on a grass court. Their most recent Grand Slam semi-final meet also saw World No. 2 prevail and eventually win Roland Garros 2019. Now that they are in a similar situation but on a different court, Nadal opened up about the transition from clay to grass.

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He was quoted saying, “In the world of sport, things change very quickly. You need to be always ready for changes in a negative way or a positive way. You need to accept both things with a calm and clear mind to understand what’s going on later.”

Nadal then went on to add how his performance in the last two months has kept him positive. He said that the same applies to Federer. They both are driven by their respective performances which helps them to play with such intensity.

“The last two months have been very positive for me personally, probably for Roger, too, because he played good [to make the] semi-finals in Roland Garros. He had the title in Halle. He’s now in the semi-finals here again.”

“That makes us keep playing because we still feel that we have chances to compete for the most important things. That’s what really makes us keep playing with this intensity,” concluded Nadal.

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Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer reveals his strategy for semi-final match against Rafael Nadal

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Roger Federer is set to take on Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon 2019 semi-final in his quest for his 9th title. Yesterday, he won picked his 100th victory at All England Club against Kei Nishikori.

Following the match, he addressed the media and talked about his match. Federer lost his opening round against Nishikori but made a comeback in the second set. He quickly equalized against Nishikori’s lead and went on to win the next two sets to book a spot in the semi-final.

Apart from calling his match against Nishikori ‘brutal’ in the beginning, Federer shared his outlook towards his pending encounter against Nadal.

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Federer was quoted saying, “We have a lot of information on Rafa and so does he on us.”

He went on to add, “You can either dive into tactics or you can say ‘you know what it’s grass-court tennis and play attacking tennis’ If he can defend that then great for him. I know people always hype it up in a big way and we had some brutal conditions in Paris when I played him on his favourite court.”

Federer concluded that despite all its excited, he will treat this match just like any other. “I would, of course, love to play against him here. Things are looking good for him and I am excited to play against him but I will treat it like any other match,” said Wimbledon second seed.

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Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer discusses ‘brutal’ beginning against Kei Nishikori

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8-time Wimbledon champion made an incredible comeback against Kei Nishikori to book a spot in Wimbledon 2019 semi-final. He fought back from a set down and went on to win the match.

Federer had earlier admitted that he is a big fan of Kei Nishikori. In fact, he even hailed his quarter-final opponent as a serious threat on grass courts.

Nishikori was dominant in the opening set which allowed him to take the 1-set lead in their match. Federer struggled for a bit but soon fired back to win back the command over the following sets.

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In the post-match conference, Federer said that the beginning of his match against Nishikori was brutal. “It was difficult. The beginning was brutal. Kei came out was smashing return winners. I had to try and stay with him and try to turn around the first set but Kei was the better player.”

“In the second I had to get the lead and protect it. I just think at the end I served really well and I did that until the very end. It was a great serving performance against a very good return player”, he added.

Federer picked his 100th victory at the All England Club after defeating Nishikori. He will now face Rafael Nadal in the semi-final.

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Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams explains why she admires Roger Federer

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7-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is set to face Barbora Strýcová in Wimbledon 2019 semi-final. She addressed the media and spoke about her admiration for Roger Federer ahead of the match.

The 37-year-old American praised her stated that the Swiss Legend pulls off magic on the court. She continued to hail Federer for his list of accomplishments and how he is dominating with each passing day.

Serena Williams was quoted saying, “Honestly, what strikes me most is just how he just keeps producing it day after day, time after time.”

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“I mean, any match, he’ll just pull out some magic. I’m just really amazed at his hands, how fast they are, how athletic he is, but how graceful. It’s like a ballerina with all that power. It’s so effortless, it’s amazing. It’s amazing to watch,” she concluded.

Serena Williams defeated Alsion Riske in the quarterfinals to set up a match against Strycova. The latter beat British No. 1 Johanna Konta in her previous match.

Wimbledon second seed Federer came back from a set down to beat Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals. He will go up against Rafael Nadal in the semi-final to fight for a spot in the last stage of the tournament.

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Wimbledon 2019: Rafael Nadal books a spot in quarter-finals after defeating Joao Sousa in straight sets

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Rafael Nadal defeated Joao Sousa in straight sets to book a spot in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2019.  World No. 2 was in an incredible form and dominated the match from start to finish.

In the first set, Nadal took a 3-0 lead before Sousa could bag a single game point. The latter finally managed to fight back and win two games before Nadal quickly sealed the opening set in his favor.

Following that, it looked like Sousa will put up a slight competition for Wimbledon third seed. However, the Spaniard continued to dominate and Sousa had no response. The latter once again took an easy lead and used it to take a 2-set lead in the match.

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After a while, Sousa was quite helpless against Nadal’s momentum. He was the first to win a game in the third set. but the bickering hope didn’t last for long. When he had a 1-0 lead, it looked like he might find a way to stay alive in the match. But Nadal had other plans!

Nadal won three games in a row to finish the match in style. He was simply out of the world in today’s match and seemed to have the perfect transition from clay to grass. The commentator even said that we could see traces of vintage Rafa on grass court.

Result: Rafael Nadal beats Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

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Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams breezes past Carla Suárez Navarro to reach the quarter finals

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On Day 7 of Wimbledon 2019, Serena Williams defeated Carla Suárez Navarro in straight sets to advance to the quarter-final. She breezed her opponent with a dominant display and set up all American fixture against Alison Riske.

Serena Williams was incredibly dominant in the opening set. She won a quick lead against Navarro and used it to bag the opening set. Her opponent could barely manage to steal a couple of game points before the former champion took a set-lead in the match.

In the second set, the former champion once again took the lead. However, this time Navarro started fighting quite early on and bagged a few game points. The latter was sharper in her returns and stopped Serena from extending her lead at multiple occasions.

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Despite all her efforts, Navarro couldn’t stop Serena Williams from sealing the match. Once again, Serena made sure that no one counts her out. She will now go up against Alison Riske who knocked out World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty earlier today.

Result: Serena Williams defeats Carla Suárez Navarro 6-2, 6-2

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Wimbledon 2019: World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty crashes out of Grand Slam

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Ashleigh Barty crashed out of Wimbledon 2019 earlier today after losing her Round 4 fixture against Alison Riske. Despite winning the first set, Barty could not hold onto her lead and 29-year-old Riske fought back to seal the match. 

Barty had a convenient win in the first where she was fairly dominant. She used good backhand shots and continued to change the pace of her game in order to get the better off her opponent.

However, the American soon started fighting back and got her first major break in the second set. She took lead soon after the set commenced and then capitalised on to equalise against Barty’s 1-set lead in the match.

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Following that, we headed to the decider which was expected to witness a close competition. However, Riske made a stronger comeback and ended the one-sided set with a convenient win.

With this, Barty’s dream to be the first Australian to win the Wimbledon title since 1980 met a brutal fate. On the other hand, Riske who is ranked at number 55 in the WTA rankings, pulled off yet another big upset at Wimbledon 2019.

Result — Alison Riske beats Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Wimbledon 2019: Defending Champion Angelique Kerber eliminated in Round 2

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Defending Champion Angelique Kerber was defeated by 25-year-old Lauren Davis in Round 2 of Wimbledon 2019. The latter came back from one set down to eliminate Kerber from the ongoing tournament.

Angelique Kerber had a steady start to the match when she won the opening round 6-2. Davis struggled for a little while but manages to win two games.

In the next set, Davis hit back with more powerful shots and used well-calculated placements to equalize against World No. 5. Davis looked more stable on the court. She was careful in ensuring that 31-year-old German doesn’t have access to windows that will allow her to save the breakpoints.

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In the final set, Davis capitalized on her momentum obtained from the previous set. Her footwork was commendable and slightly tricky for the defending champion to comprehend her opponent’s next move.

Davis then employed a few trick shots to gain the lead in the final set and comfortably extended it to seal the match. With this, Kerber became yet another seeded player to exit the tournament alongside Naomi Osaka. Davis will now face Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in Round 3 of Wimbledon 2019.

Result: Lauren Davis beat Angelique Kerber 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

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Wimbledon 2019: Bernard Tomic slapped with hefty fine for not meeting ‘professional standards’

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Wimbledon 2019 match between Bernard Tomic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga landed the Australian in a lot of trouble. After losing his match against Tsonga in 58 minutes, Tomic’s prize money was blocked for not meeting the required professional standards.

Tomic lost his opening match in less than an hour as Tsonga picked an easy win three straight sets as the score read 6-2 6-1 6-4 in his favor. Following that, the referee raised his concerns about Tomic’s lack of efforts during the game.

When Tomic was questioned about his performance in the match, the Australian stated that he wasn’t happy and lacked the effort that he should have made.

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The Australian was quoted saying, “I just played terribly. I returned pretty bad. Didn’t see his serve. Pretty terrible match. I think I played as best as I could. It’s just I played terribly.”

Tomic’s full Wimbledon prize money of £45,000 has been blocked as a fine for the Aussie for losing in the shortest Men’s singles match at All England Club since 2004.

This is not the first time when Wimbledon has fined Tomic. Two years ago, he was fined $15,000 (£11,581) for ‘tanking’ against Germany’s Mischa Zverev in the opening match of the tournament.

Wimbledon 2019: Jay Clarke vs Roger Federer Live Stream, fixtures, match details and where to watch

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On Day 4 of Wimbledon 2019, Roger Federer will take on Jay Clarke to fight for a spot in Round 3 of the tournament. The duo is scheduled to lock horns on Court 1. 

After defeating Lloyd Harris in Round 1, Federer admitted that his pace is not up to the mark. He came back from a set down and went on to win the match. Federer admitted that his ‘legs weren’t moving’ in the opening set and stressed on the importance of settling on a grass court.

Federer is in his quest for his 9th Wimbledon title which will see him go up against United Kingdom’s Jay Clarke. The latter defeated Noah Rubin in a similar fashion which makes his upcoming encounter even more exciting.

Federer is the clear favourite to win his Round 2 fixture and is expected to face Rafal Nadal in the semi-final. Will Jay Clarke be successful in hindering the aforementioned plan of the Swiss Legend?

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When to watch?

Jay Clarke vs Roger Federer will take place at Court 1 and will start at9:15 PM SGT.

Where to watch?

Viewers from the Southeast Asian region (Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, East Timor, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar and Thailand) can tune in to the FOX Sports Network to watch Wimbledon 2019.

Fans in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives can watch the matches on Star Sports (Select). You can also tune in to Hotstar Premium for the live coverage.

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