Novak Djokovic overcomes plucky Bautista Agut to reach Wimbledon final


And when asked what proved the difference-maker in a tight tussle between two of the game's greats Federer was modest in response.

"He played really well". Djokovic is eyeing a fifth championship at Wimbledon and 16th major title.

Rafael Nadal won the second set of his Wimbledon semifinal against Roger Federer 6-1 to level the set score at 1-1. Then he had trouble closing out the match on serve as Nadal fought off two more match points - one after a long rally; another on a sharp crosscourt shot - before Federer finally was able to raise his hands in victory after a shot by Nadal went long.

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

However, the Swiss was delighted to win that final game which featured three deuces and a break point before he finally ended a potential Nadal fightback on his fifth match point.

Federer is an eight-time Wimbledon champion, while Nadal has won two titles at the All England Club.

The 20-time Grand Slam singles champion capitalized on his serve throughout the match against Nadal, finishing with 14 aces and landing 69% of his first serves.

"It's the semi-finals and Roberto was not overwhelmed - he's a very under-rated player", Djokovic, 32, said. Federer rattled off a pair of stinging first serves to reach 6-3, then claiming the bracket with a forehand strike.

"I had", Djokovic said, "to dig deep".

Federer and Nadal are both visibly different.

Federer believes the "stars are aligned" for him to win his ninth Wimbledon title when he takes on Novak Djokovic for the All-England Club trophy on Sunday.

"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, " Federer said, "who's tougher when it really comes to the crunch".

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, unfortunately or fortunately, one more". "First set, he was still probably managing his nerves and he made some uncharacteristic unforced errors".

He said his performance against Nadal in a match that "lived up to the hype" gave him confidence for the final.

"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".

There is history at stake whenever members of the Big Three find themselves in a Grand Slam final, which happens with remarkable frequency.

Though an eight-time Wimbledon victor, Djokovic heads into the tie the favourite having won all of their last three meetings and three of the last four available Slams.

Technical and equipment changes have helped to strengthen Federer's backhand, but we just fear Djokovic will still have a slight edge in too many departments.

The champion then took command in the fourth set, cutting out the loose groundstrokes and picking up points with adventurous serve-and-volley attacks and after breaking for a 2-1 lead he never looked back.

Djokovic was broken once in the second set, allowing Bautista Agut to even the score.