Ivan Ljubicic admits, “Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal, and I cried.”

Within a few weeks in 2019, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal competed in their final Tour matches on the big stage. Roger was defeated by Rafa in his own country at Roland Garros, and the Swiss took revenge by winning the Wimbledon semifinal.

When it was their final encounter, Ivan Ljubicic was overcome with emotion as his student won 7-5, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours and two minutes. Since Basel 2015, Roger has defeated Rafa eight times in a row, winning seven of those games.

Federer entered his 12th Wimbledon final and final Major match this way. For the first time in 11 years, two giants faced off at Wimbledon, and Federer gave his great opponent everything he had. The Swiss played the rallies according to how he wanted them to go and maintained the points on his racquet.

Roger hit at maximum speed by successfully defending his backhand and avoiding slicing and drawn-out rallies. He controlled his shots well and defeated Nadal in sets three and four to earn a matchup with Novak Djokovic for the championship. Rafa gave his everything in sets one and two, hoping to go at least one step further than a year ago and into the first Wimbledon final since 2011.

He lost a close first game but won the second to tie the game overall and improve his prospects. Even yet, Federer was too dominant in the third and fourth games to hold onto the victory. Rafa maintained a 32-25 ratio while the Swiss had 51 winners and 27 unforced errors, giving him the vital advantage on the return.

Two break chances were successfully converted by each players, with Federer delivering those in the most crucial situations to celebrate the 101st All England Club triumph. In the opening mid-range exchanges, Federer held the upper hand. In the entire set, there was just one break opportunity, and Rafa saved it at 3-4 to force a tie break.

Roger scored five points in a row to seal the victory and extend his lead, 7-3.

In the 2019 Wimbledon semifinal, Rafael Nadal was defeated by Roger Federer.

In the second and third games of the second set, they held on to a tie by saving break points.

After then, Nadal grabbed control and won five straight games to close the set and tie the match. The Spaniard broke in games four and six, returned practically all of Roger’s serves, and won 60% of the return points to build a significant lead going into set number three.

Federer roared once more, starting at the beginning. In game four, he broke Rafa with 15 winners and just two unforced errors to take the lead. In game nine, the Swiss secured victory with a hold at love that brought him one step closer to the crown.

In order to gain an early advantage in the fourth set, Roger broke in the third game. At 3-5, Nadal had a match point and had to serve. He won the game, made a save, and earned the chance to come back at 4-5. Before concluding the game and the match, Roger maintained his composure and denied it.

“One of my favorite Roger victories was his semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2019. Roger was stressed and anxious. We had to reassure him that he could triumph because he felt inferior. After that game, I started crying, and it was a really emotional time “Added Ivan Ljubicic.