Djokovic holds off spirited Spanish challenge to reach Wimbledon final

Djokovic holds off spirited Spanish challenge to reach Wimbledon final

Federer won his first Wimbledon in 2003, beating Mark Philippoussis in the final.

"It was a really close opening four to five games of the third set that could have gone either way - thankfully it went mine".

But Nadal was extraordinary in the second set which he easily won and allowed Federer to bag just one game. As Federer went back on the court to wave and pump his fists in appreciation, a discouraged-looking Nadal changed out of his sweat-soaked shirt, quickly packed up his bag and headed for the exit.

Djokovic is a four-time champion at the All England Club and will play either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal on Sunday for another title.

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The second was a complete contrast as Federer lost focus and Nadal, who has won 18 majors, levelled the match in 36 minutes.

Asked where it would rate among his displays in south-west London, Federer said: "Obviously extremely high".

A fifth match point arrived and this time Nadal swung a backhand over the baseline and Federer pumped his arms above his head to celebrate, with David Beckham echoing most people's thoughts as he mouthed "unbelievable" in the Royal Box.

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He broke early in the third set then held off a fierce Nadal counter-attack to restore his one-set lead. "Is something that is going to be hard to see it again".

In fact, it's the first time since 2007 that Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have all reached the Wimbledon semifinals. "Couple of very long games when I broke his serve and he had some break points, a very long rally".

Correct score punters will have noted that a lot of the sets between these two end 6-3, with half of their last 28 sets against each other ending in that scoreline.

After watching Bautista Agut's shot hit the net tape, pop in the air and slide over for a victor that tied things at a set apiece, Centre Court spectators stood and cheered.

The 33-year-old Spaniard, who remains two off Federer's Grand Slam record title haul of 20, has two Wimbledon crowns to his name.

"But it's definitely, definitely going to go down as one of my favourite matches to look back at, again, because it's Rafa, it's at Wimbledon, the crowds were into it, great weather". "First set, he was still probably managing his nerves and he made some uncharacteristic unforced errors".

Seeded 23rd, Bautista Agut was as surprised by his march to Wimbledon's semifinal as anyone, having scheduled his bachelor party in Ibiza for the tournament's final weekend. It's their 14th match at a major; Nadal leads 10-3. Just one of those initial 14 points came via his own victor; 10 resulted from Bautista Agut's unforced errors.

In Friday's first match at Centre Court, defending champion Novak Djokovic faces Roberto Bautista Agut, a Spaniard playing in his first Grand Slam semifinal.

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