Federer v Nadal XIII in 2007 Wimbledon Final

Posted on July 8, 2007

World No. 1 Roger Federer swept past Richard Gasquet in straight sets, and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal took advantage of a retirement by Novak Djokovic on Saturday to set up a rematch of last year's Wimbledon final. It will be the 13th meeting between the Swiss and the Spaniard, with Nadal leading 8-4.

The Swiss navigated a tough opening set to defeat the No. 12-seeded Gasquet 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. Gasquet had three break points on the Federer serve in the opening set, including two at 5-5.

"If I did this break point, everything can happen if I win the first set," Gasquet said.

Federer also realized that the mentally fragile yet explosive Gasquet would have the chance to relax with the first set under his belt.

"The first set was crucial," Federer said. "He should have at least got to the tiebreaker. I came out somehow and played really well for 10 minutes and was up a set and a break, and that was pretty much it after that."

Federer is trying to win a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, matching the feat of Bjorn Borg who watched Saturday from the stands.

"It is tricky when you see him sitting there because he is a living legend," Federer said. "I have so much respect for him that it is great that he's here. I hope I can do the job tomorrow."

Nadal lost the first set to Djokovic before the Serb started feeling the effects of a blister on his foot and back pain that troubled him the day before in a gallant five-set win over Marcos Baghdatis.

Nadal said it took a set for him to find his footing.

"I start the match playing bad," Nadal said. "But I was practicing before the warm-up bad, too."

Djokovic called for a trainer in the third set, and eventually retired from the match trailing 1-4 in the third. Djokovic also withdrew against Nadal last year at the French Open.

"I didn't sleep during the night because there was a lot of bleeding and I was barely walking this morning," said Djokovic of the blister on his toe than had become infected. "I wanted to avoid forcing the injury and making it more serious for the future. It was not only that. It was also my back which was a problem over the last couple of days and basically all my body. I'm really exhausted."

Sunday will be a rematch of last year's Wimbledon final where Federer defeated Nadal 6-0, 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6-3.