Wimbledon Day 11 Surprises: Federer outdoes Nadal

The umpire performs the coin toss ahead of the Men's Singles semi-final

The second-seeded Federer outlasted No. 3 Nadal 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court on Friday to reach his 12th final at the All England Club, where he will seek a record-extending ninth title against top-seeded Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer believes the "stars have aligned" as he attempts to become the oldest Grand Slam victor of modern times in Sunday's final against Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic beat Federer again in the last four at the Australian Open en route to another title, but the two have not met at a grand slam since. After his victory, Federer said "Rafa played some unbelievable shots to stay in the match".

Nadal fended off a fourth match point with another sublime victor but Federer sealed it at the fifth time of asking - holding his arms aloft as Nadal fired a backhand long.

Djokovic, meanwhile, leads his series with Federer 25-22, including 9-6 in Grand Slam matches.

He took on the crowd for showing support for Bautista Agut, when the Spanish 23rd seed produced a spirited fightback to take the second set, and may have won few friends.

Federer's third match point - as his wife, Mirka, peeked through fingers covering her face - was a 24-stroke masterpiece that Nadal took with an inside-out forehand victor.

Federer has got to play even better but the crowd will have a big part to play. "Just have to accept that was not my day", he said.

So who wins Federer vs. Djokovic? I think the moment you've played somebody probably more than 15 times, there's not that much more left out there. On his fifth match point, he served down the T and raised his arms in celebration as the Nadal return sailed long.

Nearly six years younger than Federer, Djokovic could add plenty more barring a loss of form or fitness.

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Roger Federer would advance to his 12th Wimbledon final and Nadal would be sent packing, along with his hopes for Grand Slam No. 19.

Shintaro Mochizuki became the first Japanese player to reach a junior boys' Grand Slam singles final after outlasting fourth-seeded American Martin Damm 6-1, 0-6, 10-8. Though the Swiss was able to manoeuvre out of that, he saw two more match points come and go as Nadal upped the ante. Bautista Agut, who had planned to be in Ibiza this week for his stag party, fought off break points in the opening game of the fourth set.

Nadal's four-set defeat was somewhat unexpected since he had been an unstoppable force in his last three matches. This Mass of a certain degree have exceeded Roger Federer (37) and Rafael Nadal (33) in her long career never. But Djokovic was relentless and tightened his grip, breaking twice for a 4-1 lead, and eventually claimed victory on a fifth match point. The legendary narrator and wildlife activist was spotted in the Royal Box for the Federer and Nadal clash.

Federer's win over Nadal yesterday came in the pair's 40th career meeting and 11 years after the Spaniard triumphed in a mesmeric, epic final.

This one felt like just as much of a classic contest, though, one that anyone present is not likely to forget.

Roberto Bautista Agut has evened his Wimbledon semifinal against defending champion Novak Djokovic after winning the second set 6-4.

One key, for Federer, was that his rebuilt backhand, hit strong and flat more frequently than it used to be, held steady against Nadal's bullwhip of a lefty forehand.

"He is always able to do the most hard things easy", Nadal said about his longtime rival.

"Regardless of who's across the net or what is happening around, I'll definitely give it my all", Djokovic said.

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