World No.1 and defending champion Djokovic now stands between Federer, the oldest finalist here since Ken Rosewall
in 1974, and the trophy but the Centre Court crowd are unlikely to be behind the Serb after he fell out with them in his semi-final.
World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic now stands between the 37-year-old Federer, the oldest finalist here since Ken Rosewall
in 1974, and a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon title in Sunday's showpiece.
He would have been the oldest player to win a tour-level title since the 43-year-old Ken Rosewall
won the Hong Kong Grand Prix final in 1977, but Roger Federer beat him to that accolade after winning his 10th Halle Open title earlier Sunday.
The age differential between the players will be the greatest in an ATP semifinal or final since the 43-year-old Ken Rosewall
defeated 23-year-old American Pat Dupre to reach the Hong Kong Grand Prix final in 1977.
But Nadal grabbed a 4-2 advantage in a marathon sixth game as Federer, looking to become the oldest Grand Slam finalist since Ken Rosewall
at the 1974 US Open, dumped a forehand into the net.The crowd were roaring on Federer as he saved a set point, but gasped in appreciation of a rasping Nadal backhand winner which clinched the opening set.
He is the oldest man to win a Grand Slam match since Ken Rosewall
Ivo Karlovic, 40, sent down 35 aces against Feliciano Lopez in becoming the oldest winner of a Grand Slam match since 44-year-old Ken Rosewall
at the 1978 Australian Open.
Ahead of the event, Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre will have an upgradation of worth $50.5m which includes a new roof on Ken Rosewall
Arena and Court 1.
Croatian Karlovic, the 39-year-old standing at 6ft 11ins, had also made history as the oldest player since Ken Rosewall
, aged 43, at the 1977 Hong Kong Championship to reach a tour-level final.
Australian tennis legend Ken Rosewall
has backed Rafael Nadal to catch long-time rival Roger Federer's Grand Slam record but admits that the Spaniard will have to make a few changes in order to achieve that.
"He was definitely a big part of it," contestant Kim Rosewall
, 30, of Roselle said of her fiance, Kyle.