With Roger Federer defeating Rafael Nadal in their semifinal, defending champion Novak Djokovic did his part Friday (Saturday NZT) to ensure he would be in Sunday's final against Federer. "It was a close opening four or five games of the third set - that's where the match could have gone a different way".
Federer took the first set 7-1, with Nadal coming back in the second set 6-1 but it was all Federer after that.
It set up one of Wimbledon's classic semi-final clashes, as the two all-time greats of the game went shot for shot in a thrilling display of grass-court tennis that had the SW19 crowd on the edge of their seats.
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Federer is an eight-time Wimbledon champion, while Nadal has won two titles at the All England Club.
In a press conference after the match, Federer admitted he was "exhausted".
Continuing his relentless attacking onslaught, Federer forced Nadal into errors to break the Spaniard again in the fourth game of the fourth set to take a stranglehold on proceedings.
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"I'm very excited to say the least". And then there was this: Federer won 25 of the 33 points when he went to the net.
For those interested, here's the Grand Slam singles title tally: Federer has 20, Nadal has 18 and Djokovic has 15. Bautisa Agut, a 31-year-old ardent baseliner, topped Djokovic in Doha, Qatar in early January and again in Miami in March after Djokovic won the Australian Open. "Is something that is going to be hard to see it again".
Since his injury lay-off in 2017-2018, and indifferent form soon thereafter, Djokovic has come back strong to regain the world number one ranking and looking at winning four out of the last five Grand Slam titles.
Only five points went against serve in the first seven games as the two gladiators settled into their groove.
Roger Federer admitted Friday that it felt "strange" he and Serena Williams will compete for Wimbledon titles this weekend, 16 years after he made his Grand Slam breakthrough. Moments later, he was ending a 45-stroke baseline exchange - the longest on record at Wimbledon, where such stats date to 2006 - with a backhand victor to save a break point.
Federer won the first set 7-6 (3).
Seeded 23rd, Bautista Agut was as surprised by his march to Wimbledon's semifinal as anyone, having scheduled his bachelor party in Ibiza for the tournament's final weekend. "For me personally I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can't stand him". You can find the Novak Djokovic v Roberto Bautista Agut live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here for a match that will begin at 1 pm local time (12 noon GMT).
However, Bautista Agut, who had already defeated the Serb twice this year, eventually settled and broke for 2-1 in the second set.