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Federer, Williams Looking to Add Records at Wimbledon

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

After exchanging dozens of strokes during the third set of his semifinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday, Djokovic finally smacked a backhand down the line with the 45th shot of the rally to save a break point. Another was that he was able to withstand Nadal's serve, which has improved a ton over the years. Nadal admitted after the match that Federer capitalized on all of his best opportunities in London.

One Twitter user wrote: 'Hearing that Roberto Bautista Agut has had to cancel his stag do, which was planned for this weekend, because he's made it further than expected has made me want him to win today even more'.

Nadal serving now after Federer wards off a mini-crisis.

Bautista Agut, 31, was the final hurdle. I thought the match was played at a very high level.

This was the contest that had been salivated over, serve no longer on top, each man testing the other to the limit in pulsating rallies.

Then, at the climax to the match, Nadal, fighting as only he knows how, threatened to ambush Federer's quest for a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon singles title by saving four match points before Federer took his place in Sunday's showpiece.

Federer finished with 14 aces and 51 winners.

After a tight opening set went to a tie-breaker, which Federer edged, Nadal powered to a 6-1 win in the second set but couldn't keep his momentum going against the king of Wimbledon.

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Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal
This would be the 40th time when Federer and Nadal will be facing each other and it is the 14th time in a Grand Slam overall. Federer is looking for a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title, while Nadal is chasing his third.

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Friday's semifinal didn't have quite as much drama of the last Wimbledon meeting between these two all-time greats, a rain-soaked epic in the 2008 final won by Nadal and considered by many to be the greatest match ever played.

But with the match even at one set apiece, it was hard not to think about legacies.

Nadal said Federer had deserved the victory, adding he himself had not played as well as in previous rounds and by the time he started finding his game towards the end of the match it was too late.

Federer hit back immediately, however, turning the breaker on its head and winning five straight points to go one set up after 51 minutes.

Federer brought up two match points on Nadal's serve, but the Spaniard saved both to force his opponent to serve it out for the match. "He played little bit better than me, I think". When Djokovic ended that 45-stroke point - the longest on record at Wimbledon, where such stats date to 2005 - with a backhand victor, he cupped his ear while glaring into the stands.

He'll play either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in what will be his 25th grand slam final. "I didn't receive well today", Nadal said. Federer leads the set 2-1.

This was the second major in a row where they've faced off: Nadal won their French Open semifinal last month en route to his 12th championship on the red clay there.

Federer won his record eighth Wimbledon title in 2017, but lost to Djokovic in the final in both 2014 and 2015. Instead, those pals were sitting in a guest box at Centre Court on Friday.

The match swung back in favour of the Swiss Maestro as he was first to break serve in the third, outfoxing his opponent at the net to take a 3-1 lead.

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