World number one and defending champion Djokovic now stands between the 37-year-old Federer, the oldest finalist at the All England Club since Ken Rosewall in 1974, and a record-equalling ninth Wimbledontitle which will also seal a record 21st Grand Slam.
After striking a attractive backhand victor down the line on the 45th shot of Wimbledon's longest ever rally, Novak Djokovic asks the crowd to turn up the volume and get on their feet. Two of those defeats were in 2014 and 2015 against Djokovic; the other came in 2008 against Nadal.
"It's definitely special I think for both of us".
Defending champion Novak Djokovic is one set away from his sixth Wimbledon final.
Djokovic was broken once in the second set, allowing Bautista Agut to even the score.
"The biggest points in the match went my way".
Djokovic went on to win in four sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
And when asked what proved the difference-maker in a tight tussle between two of the game's greats Federer was modest in response. Djokovic, the top-ranked tennis player in the world, has won 25 of those times.
With eight Wimbledon titles in his locker, Federer has every right to be confident.
"It's the semi-finals and Roberto was not overwhelmed - he's a very under-rated player", Djokovic, 32, said.
Djokovic and Nadal hold arguably the greatest rivalry, having met 54 times (with the former leading 28-26) including some of the most gruelling and intense finals in history - namely the 2012 Australian Open final.
But Federer made a nonsense of such predictions with a vintage display, largely outplaying the Mallorcan in a 7-6 (3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory on a spellbound Centre Court.
Novak Djokovic during his semi-final match.
"I had my chances", said Nadal, who offered no excuses for the loss. Analyzing his win over Rafael Nadal Federer concluded: "I thought it was a tough first set with not many chances".
In the first matchup between the legends at the All England Club since their epic 2008 final, Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 7-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the Wimbledon semifinals.
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. He has won 101 matches at the place - more than any other man at any Slam, even Nadal at Roland Garros.
Nadal led 3-2 in the tiebreaker before Federer won five straight points, clinching the set with a forehand victor.
Once his volley victor found the net tape and trickled over to cap the third set, the outcome seemed inevitable. "This surface complements his game very well", said Djokovic ahead of the pair's 16th meeting at the Slams and 20th meeting in a tour-level final.
Nadal won that match 9-7 in the fifth set.
The Wimbledon semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Roberto Bautista Agut was briefly interrupted after a fan became ill on Centre Court.
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.
Whoever comes out on top Sunday, the 2019 Wimbledon title will be the 11th Slam in a row won by Federer, Djokovic or Nadal - and the 54th in the past 65.
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