It’s Federer over Nadal, in the twilight, at Wimbledon

It’s Federer over Nadal, in the twilight, at Wimbledon

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.

Typically, Nadal responded in the second, and his decision to stand further back on Federer's serve paid dividends as he broke twice to level it up at one-set all.

"He played really well".

With the Spaniard making it a match, Djokovic flapped his arms at the capacity crowd in an effort to coax a show of support.

That, along with a stormy second-round win over Kyrgios, fueled his fire and the only set he dropped in a marauding run to the semi-final was against the maverick Australian.

"He just wants to be like Roger (Federer)", Nick Kyrgios said earlier this year.

To get to those numbers in Sunday's final, Federer must get past Novak Djokovic, who is the defending champion and seeded No. 1.

This time, Federer came through, although he needed five match points to secure his 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

Although neither of the two could break each other in the first set, Federer got the upper hand when he won the set in the tie break.

Friday's match turned on an wonderful 45-shot rally in the seventh game of the third set, which Djokovic won to hold serve and stay a break up.

This will be the 48th time Federer and Djokovic play against each other as pros, which is eight more than Federer vs. Nadal has happened. A win Saturday would be Williams's first Grand Slam title as a mother; she gave birth to her daughter two years ago.

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"It is great to be part of this rivalry, be in the middle of these three players that achieved that much in this sport in the same era", he said.

Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos lost in the semifinals to Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Strycova, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

2015 Final: Djokovic 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (10/12), 6-4, 6-3 - Djokovic claimed his third Wimbledon title, taking his Slam total to nine.

"I have a successful score against guys in finals", Djokovic said.

"Obviously extremely high", said Federer when asked to rate his latest clash with Nadal.

Nadal was under pressure straight away in that fourth set, broken in the third game, as the match then dipped into the grinding trenches, the Spaniard serving in the ninth game to stay alive, twilight descending.

As entertaining as that first semifinal was - including a 45-stroke point won by Djokovic - it was merely a tasty appetizer ahead of the day's delectable main course. There is fortunately, one more. Djokovic is playing in his 25th Grand Slam final while Federer has played six more. "But it's going to be very hard, as we know", Federer said.

"He played aggressive, a great match, congrats to him", Nadal continued.

Federer is five above Djokovic on 20, but also five years older, meaning time is on the Serbian's side. It, and probably the match, hinged on the seventh game as Djokovic, a break to the good, served at 30-40.

"At the end of the day, it comes very much down to who's better on the day, who's in a better mental place, who's got more energy left, who's tougher when it really comes to the crunch". Nadal saved another two match points with breathtaking backhand winners.

He took the set, missed out on three break points at the start of the fourth but struck in Bautista Agut's next service game, again in the fifth game, and it was all downhill from there.

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