Roger Federer set to play ‘special’ final match of career on Friday with Rafael Nadal in Basel as title bid goes into final stretch
Rafael Nadal is the favourite for the Wimbledon title, but Roger Federer has been playing “the same” match against Andy Murray for the past two years, according to his coach
Federer’s playing partner says he is looking for a “special” final. “It is going into a very big tournament [in Basel] – we have to enjoy the moment,” Roger Federer’s longtime coach Daniel Nestor has said.
Federer and Murray are the world’s top-ranked competitors and they are currently tied 12-12 in the title fight. Their semi-final at Wimbledon ended in a tie on Friday after the Swiss defeated the Scot 7-6 (3), 6-3. Murray, who entered the competition as world No1, is two spots behind Federer, who has held the top spot since the first round. But a top-five finish has eluded Murray in his previous three appearances at Wimbledon.
Federer will play his first match of the tournament against Nadal on Friday, but he will already be looking ahead. “Andy is a tough match,” Federer’s coach said. “He is playing his best tennis but can be beaten and Andy has the best opportunity because of how tough it is.”
Andy Murray has made three quarter-finals at Wimbledon and won at least a quarter of them against the Swiss
The Wimbledon final is not only the eighth on the ATP World Tour’s calendar, but is also Federer’s “final match before he can retire”.
Federer and Murray are the world’s top-ranked competitors and they are currently tied 12-12 in the title fight
“[It’s] the final that he’s probably going to play in before he can retire,” Federer’s coach said. “It’s going to be a great match. It’s going to be a great match and it’s the last one before I