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Another Wimbledon showdown for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal



On Friday, in the semifinals of Wimbledon, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play for the 40th time in their careers. The number 39 was just a month ago, in a semifinal of the French Open that Nadal won in straight sets to take his record against Federer to 24-15.

But the clay of Paris is Nadal's domain; He has won 12 titles at Roland Garros. The grass of the All England Club is the land of Federer, where he has lifted the champion trophy eight times.

This will be his first Wimbledon game since the 2008 final, a Nadal victory that has inspired books, a documentary and a lavish compliment. John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg have described the game as the best they have ever seen.

Martin Flanagan, of The Age, a newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, wrote: "I reckon it was so good that it has refreshed the meaning of sport."


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