Rafael Nadal laments another missed opportunity to win Wimbledon

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut celebrates after beating Argentina's Guido Pella during their men's singles quarter-final match on day nine of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon southwest London

Federer has been playing some trademark sublime tennis ay SW19, mixing his typically suave style with steel, not least in battling past Nadal in the last round. It's always very, very cool to play against Rafa here, especially because we haven't played in so long. "It's definitely going to go down as one of my favorite matches to look back at because it's Rafa, it's at Wimbledon".

The ratings may suggest their chances are even, but Djokovic will give Federer much less time in rallies than Nadal did in their semi-final, so Djokovic is the choice, although perhaps better value can be found in the side markets.

In terms of anticipation, the Djokovic-Batista Agut semifinal felt like an undercard compared to the Federer-Nadal clash in store. "I had the early break in the third".

"He has been really solid".

"I hope I can push him to the brink and hopefully beat him". Djokovic broke to lead 2-1 in the fourth, and again for 4-1, then needed a handful of match points to seal the victory. Federer holds the record of Grand-Slam-semi-finals (45), significantly more than Nadal (32).

FELLOW athletes and other celebrities were in awe of the show put on by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in their Wimbledon semi-final on Friday night. I just have to accept that was not my day. I have a feeling that Federer may struggle with the pace Djokovic demands he plays this at, and that unless Federer can dominate early, backing Djokovic for a 3-1 win at [4.30] looks the best bet. I had a couple of mistakes in that moment. I do it all the time.

Roger Federer has one more prolific foe to overcome to claim a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon singles title. The Swiss won the third set 6-3, with a victor count of 15 and only two unforced errors.

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Federer has played both at the same Grand Slam tournament only once, at the 2011 French Open: He beat Djokovic in the semifinals, but lost to Nadal in the final. His attempts to play down the crowd's support for Bautista Agut on Friday were not wholly convincing, while his former coach Boris Becker told the BBC that: "It was something that we spoke about but it is not something he is interested in now".

Federer finished with 14 aces and 51 winners. He won the Australian Open in 2009, the US Open in 2010, 2013 and 2017, and is twice a victor at the All England Club, but he hasn't held the trophy since 2010.

"This has been a remarkable tournament for me and to be in another final is a dream come true", said the top seed. But the Swiss has traded years for experience, and at nearly 38, having won a record 20 Grand Slam titles, is playing with a sense of freedom and adventure again. It was a close opening four or five games of the third set. Djokovic is ready saying, "I've played with Roger in some epic finals here a couple years in a row, so I know what to expect".

It means the Swiss star is into his 12th Wimbledon final, where he will face Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

"I know it's not over yet".

Writing for the BBC, Jonathan Jurejko said: "Lengthy baseline rallies featuring flawless ground strokes, supreme athleticism belying their advancing years and scintillating winners - particularly from Federer's backhand - left the 15,000 crowd captivated".

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