Vintage Federer holds off Nadal to reach Wimbledon final

Roger Federer vs Rafa Nadal: Preview of the Wimbledon 2019 men's semi final

That knocked the belief out of Bautista Agut and Djokovic broke for 2-1, again for 4-1 and though the Spaniard saved four match points, the world No 1 finished things off to book his place in another final.

For me, this is partially about how RBA handles the occasion, and if he does that successfully (where the likes of Berrettini didn't) he's got a set in him and the 3-1 to Djokovic appeals at 3.75.

Roger Federer celebrates winning a point against Rafael Nadal at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships on July 12, 2019. The tennis greats will meet at the Centre Court for the first time since their 2008 final clash, which is generally acknowledged as the greatest match ever played.

The victor will advance to the final, where he will face either Djokovic or Bautista Agut.

It took Federer five match points to finally defeat Nadal in what was the legends' 40th career meeting.

Roger Federer is within one set of reaching a record-extending 12th Wimbledon 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.

The two players have met 10 times, with Djokovic leading 7-3.

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The 20-time Grand Slam singles champion capitalized on his serve throughout the match against Nadal, finishing with 14 aces and landing 69% of his first serves. Sometimes these matches can just come down to who is bravest when the moments are biggest.

Over a decade later, the sport's two most successful players now have 38 Grand Slam titles between them and more than $100 million in prize money each.

However, Djokovic in a Wimbledon semi-final is a different entity. After breaking early, he held the advantage to level the match. "It was a joy to play today". Djokovic has been in prime form, and the latter stages of a Grand Slam, he is not someone anyone wants to run into.

The top-ranked Djokovic was forced to produce his best tennis of the tournament to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, who almost proved a disrupter in his first Grand Slam semifinal before succumbing to Wimbledon's four-time and defending champion.

Expect the Spaniard to give it all he has like he always does, but Djokovic to make his way to another major final, in three well-fought sets.

He won the third set 6-3 and then took the final set 6-4.

The effervescent Swiss turned the screw to break again early in the fourth and there was to be no way back for third seed Nadal as he lost a Grand Slam semi-final against Federer for the first time, having won the previous four. Before locking in your Nadal vs. Federer picks, see the 2019 Wimbledon predictions for the men's semifinals from British grass-court tennis expert Sean Calvert.

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