Sad Nadal sees chances of third Wimbledon title slipping from his grasp

Roger Federer vs Rafa Nadal: Preview of the Wimbledon 2019 men's semi final

Djokovic, meanwhile, sarcastically encouraged fans to get louder after he dropped the second set of his 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 semifinal victory against Roberto Bautista Agut.

Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic held off a spirited challenge from Spanish outsider Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday to triumph in four sets and advance to a mouthwatering Wimbledon final against Roger Federer.

World no. 3, Roger Federer warns arch-rival, Rafael Nadal, ahead of their semifinal clash at the Wimbledon Championships 2019.

The Swiss broke again in the third game of the fourth set to gain the advantage, wasting match point on Nadal's serve in the ninth game and fending off a break chance in the thrilling next game to seal the deal and march into the final, seizing his fifth match point.

The Spaniard won 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (8/10), 9-7 as the clock ticked past 9pm and with the famous stadium in near-darkness.

Like two boxers sizing up their opponent, the pair tip-toed around in what was ultimately a cagey first set, with only one break point coming and going for Federer before it headed to a tie-break. Nadal saved two more break points at 4-1 but Federer held serve the rest of the way, clinching the set when the Spaniard netted a forehand.

Federer is the third oldest man ever to play in a Grand Slam final after 39-year-old Ken Rosewall featured in the 1974 Wimbledon and US Open finals.

Nadal carried that momentum with him and broke again two games later before serving out the set and levelling the match up after nearly 90 minutes on court. Nadal has two, and beat Federer in the 2008 final.

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After a first set featuring just one break point, both players were forced to save two apiece in the opening stages of the second set as the shackles came off, and Nadal went on to break Federer to love in the fourth game. Federer will be chasing his 21st major in Sunday's final, while Djokovic will be after No. 16. The match is set to begin at 7.55 pm (tentative) - Indian Standard Time (IST). Rafa played some unbelievable shots to the very end.

Nadal beat the 20-time grand slam champion in an epic final the last time they met at SW19 in 2008, but was unable to pull off a repeat on Centre Court 11 years later.

"The biggest points in the match went my way".

"Hopefully I can push him to the brink and beat him, but it's not going to hard".

First semifinal: No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic vs.

Similarly to David Goffin, RBA has the game on this surface, with his flat hitting and good movement, to cause some damage to the defences of Djokovic, but mentally I'd probably put him in a similar bracket to Goffin.

However, Bautista Agut, who had already defeated the Serb twice this year, eventually settled and broke for 2-1 in the second set.

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