Novak Djokovic advances to Wimbledon final after beating Bautista Agut

Wimbledon 2019 Semi Final Live Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal In their 40th meeting the second and third seeds will be playing for the final spot

Wimbledon 2019 Semi Final Live Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal In their 40th meeting the second and third seeds will be playing for the final spot

The match between Djokovic and Bautista Agut is the first of the two men's semifinals, and it begins at 1 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET), before Roger Federer takes on Rafael Nadal.

The rallies became longer, Djokovic ready to test Bautista Agut's mental and physical stamina.

"He played really well".

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is one set away from his sixth Wimbledon final.

Rafael Nadal won the second set of his Wimbledon semifinal against Roger Federer 6-1 to level the set score at 1-1.

Federer will seek his ninth Wimbledon title (and 21st Grand Slam title) in Sunday's final against top-seeded Novak Djokovic.

He found his own motivation in the third set and rolled to the victory, clearing the stage for the 40th edition of Federer vs. Nadal and only their fourth meeting at Wimbledon.

"I felt like I played good throughout the four sets".

Federer amassed 10 break points, and though he succeeded on just two, that was enough, with the last, vital conversion making it 2-1 in the fourth set.

So for now, as Federer prepares to face Djokovic on Sunday, Nadal will leave Wimbledon one match earlier than he wanted, for the second year in a row.

The Swiss legend produced a majestic performance on Centre Court 11 years after he lost to Nadal in a classic final the last time they met in the grass-court grand slam.

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"It was a joy to play today", Federer said.

But Federer made a nonsense of such predictions with a vintage display, largely outplaying the Mallorcan in a 7-6 (3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory on a spellbound Centre Court.

The reigning champ topped Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets in Friday's earlier semifinal.

"I had my chances", said Nadal, who offered no excuses for the loss. After the match the Spaniard expressed his disappointment at failing to reach another Slam final. However, a six-Slam gap sounds far more daunting than four. There is fortunately, one more. He was managing his nerves in the first set but later on he established himself and started to play better.

"But it's definitely, definitely going to go down as one of my favorite matches to look back at, again, because it's Rafa, it's at Wimbledon, the crowds were into it, great weather".

Federer expects a tough match against Novak Djokovic.

"I'm exhausted. It was tough at the end", said 20-time grand slam champion Federer, who needed five match points to end an absorbing scrap that never scaled the heights of their 2008 epic when Nadal won a final dubbed the greatest of all time.

The Spaniard's form had led American great John McEnroe to declare: "You play against a guy like Nadal, he wants to tear your heart out".

The two are certainly no strangers to one another, playing 47 times on the ATP Tour with Djokovic edging the overall record on 25 wins.

The second was a different story as Bautista Agut dialled back a little and found that he was able to out-duel the master. The Swiss and the Serb have actually had a thrilling rivalry when it comes to the Wimbledon final. When Djokovic ended that 45-stroke point - the longest on record at Wimbledon, where such stats date to 2005 - with a backhand victor, he cupped his ear while glaring into the stands.

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