Djokovic gets by Bautista Agut to reach 6th Wimbledon final

After 11 years Federer and Nadal renew Wimbledon rivalry

The victor of Federer-Nadal will face either Novak Djokovic or Roberto Bautista Agut and while the latter has won three of their last five meetings on all surfaces and their last three in a row on hard courts he seems unlikely to upset the odds.

"This has been a remarkable tournament for me and to be in another final is a dream come true", said the top seed.

Whether he faces second-seeded Federer or third-seeded Nadal next, it will be the 22nd Grand Slam final involving two members of the Big Three, and the seventh at Wimbledon.

Once his volley victor found the net tape and trickled over to cap the third set - turnabout was fair play, in this instance, after the way the previous set ended - the outcome seemed inevitable.

They have met twice this year, at Doha, and Miami and Agut won both those matches, after losing the first set.

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"I will watch Federer and Nadal". My coaches will see the whole match, I'll see parts of it.

After watching Bautista Agut's shot hit the net tape, pop in the air and slide over for a victor that tied things at a set apiece, Centre Court spectators stood and cheered, perhaps envisioning a tight match.

Legendary rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet for the 40th time on Friday when they go head-to-head in the Wimbledon semifinals.

"I remember back in the day how he used to serve, and now how much bigger he's serving, how much faster he finishes points". Visit SportsLine now to see Sean Calvert's strong 2019 Wimbledon picks for the semis, all from the British tennis expert who's up almost $4,400 on grass-court events.

Djokovic saved two break points in the next game, the second with that 45-shot rally that had the crowd openly laughing at the absurd consistency.

The set was secured, ironically off another net cord which fell this time in the Serb's favour. 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. After breaking early, he held the advantage to level the match.

Djokovic's reward is the 25th Grand Slam final of his career and the chance to inch closer to the record 20 major titles held by Federer or the 18 held by Nadal. He dropped the first set against Nishikori, but then dropped just nine total games over the next three sets on his way to a dominant victory. Gimeno Valero will also be playing his first Grand Slam final. However next time out in 2008 they played in the final at SW19 for a third consecutive year, and this time Nadal won in arguably the best Wimbledon final of all time 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7. It will be their first meeting at the All England Lawn Tennis Club since the epic 2008 finals.

Nadal closed that gap to just two with his 12th French Open title last month, while 32-year-old Djokovic is hot on their heels despite only winning his first major in 2008 and only adding a second three years later.

That said, the underdog has won this battle in two of the last four clashes and Federer is certainly capable of turning up and increasing his level from anything we've seen so far this fortnight.

37 year old Federer is bidding to win his 21st Grand Slam, and extend his own lead over his opponent for the most Slam singles titles of all time.

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