Neither player got a look-in on their opponent's serve in the early stages until Federer brought up the first break point in the eighth game, but he could only find the net after a cagey 21-shot rally. Sharing the court in three Wimbledon finals, Federer leads the Spaniard 2-1 across these matches, but is 15-24 behind overall.
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.
The Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal Wimbledon 2019 semifinal will be played at the Centre Court of All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.
After a flat forehand return victor off a 107 miles per hour serve on the very first point, Bautista Agut certainly did lose his way for a bit.
Nadal tried to stay alive in the fourth set, pushing Federer to match point five times. The eight time champion Federer fought back from losing the first sets against Lloyd George Harris in the round one, and Kei Nishikori in the quarter final on Wednesday. Nadal has won 18 and will look to pull in just one behind the Swiss veteran with a win today and in the final Sunday. Another was that he was able to withstand Nadal's serve, even though it has improved a ton over the years.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's semifinal match can be watched live on ESPN.
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. This is only the second time he's made the Wimbledon semifinals having dropped just one set.
"[It] is great to be part of this rivalry, be in the middle of these three players [including Djokovic] that achieved that much in this sport in the same era", Nadal said.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic is one set away from his sixth Wimbledon final.
In the third, Djokovic broke for a 4-2 lead and then saved two break points in the next game - the second with a backhand victor down the line after a 45-stroke rally.
Nadal won that match 9-7 in the fifth set. The 8-time Wimbledon Champion reveals that he will play attacking tennis and test the defense of the Spaniard during their 40th meeting on Friday.
After edging a tense first set by taking the last five points of the tie-break, Federer was overpowered in a 36-minute second set as Nadal, reviving memories of his memorable 2008 final triumph over the Swiss, appeared to have wrestled control.