In their first meeting on the All England Club grass since an epic 2008 final, eight-time champion Federer toppled Nadal 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 Friday to set up a clash with Novak Djokovic for the 2019 championship.
Here's how the sporting world reacted to the iconic duo's 40th career meeting:
Federer and Nadal: Boy they'll be missed when their careers end. So bloody good. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 12, 2019
Sitting on my sofa watching Roger and Rafa like pic.twitter.com/TIo158JeAq— judy murray (@JudyMurray) July 12, 2019
Breathe people...breathe— Patrick McEnroe (@PatrickMcEnroe) July 12, 2019
what insane last game— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) July 12, 2019
And, as always, a classy response from Nadal:
Amazing match well deserved win by @rogerfederer I had some chances but... Roger played better. Good luck for the final @Wimbledon 2019. Thanks all for the support. Always fantastic to be here. See you next year! 😘— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) July 12, 2019