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Wimbledon: Proud Federer one win from Martina record

Marching on: Roger Federer celebrates his thrilling win over Rafael Nadal last night
Marching on: Roger Federer celebrates his thrilling win over Rafael Nadal last night

By Eleanor Crooks

Roger Federer has one more prolific foe to overcome to claim a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon singles title.

The Swiss second seed beat long-time rival Rafael Nadal to set up a final against another old foe Novak Djokovic tomorrow (2pm).

Federer's eight Wimbledon titles are more than any other man in history and if he beats Djokovic he will match Martina Navratilova's success in women's singles.

"Novak played great against Bautista Agut, he was supreme, again," said Federer. "He's the defending champion and he has shown why. He has been rock-solid. I hope I can push him to the brink and hopefully beat him but it's going to be very difficult. He's not number one just by chance."

Federer has earned a shot at a 21st Grand Slam, while denying Nadal the chance of a 19th.

"The biggest points in the match went my way," said Federer. "I'm exhausted. It was tough at the end. It was a joy to play today."

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