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Federer vs. Nadal: How the sports world reacted to another Wimbledon thriller

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'Winning first set was huge' says Federer after epic win over Nadal (1:15)

Roger Federer beat famous rival Rafael Nadal 7-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 to set up a final against another old foe, Novak Djokovic. (1:15)

LONDON -- Roger Federer defeated old rival Rafael Nadal to reach his 12th Wimbledon final with a sublime display of tennis on Centre Court.

In their first meeting on the All England Club grass since an epic 2008 final, eight-time champion Federer toppled Nadal 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 Friday to set up a clash with Novak Djokovic for the 2019 championship.

Here's how the sporting world reacted to the iconic duo's 40th career meeting:

And, as always, a classy response from Nadal: