In the men's final, will meet eight-time Wimbledon victor 37-year-old Swiss Roger Federer (3rd racket of the world) and the current holder of the trophy 32-year-old Serb Novak Djokovic (1st). It will be Federer's 31st Grand Slam appearance.
Djokovic won the first set 6-2. After Nadal wasted that chance, Federer earned two more match points - and failed to convert those, either, as his wife, Mirka, peeked through the fingers covering her face. "He played little bit better than me, I think". Today is sad because for me I know chances are not forever. And who else but Nadal could somehow retrieve an apparently untouchable ball and send up a lob that Federer would shank a leaping overhead, as happened in the last game?
So next for Roger will be Novak Djokovic who outclassed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Between them, come Sunday, they will have won the past 11 major titles.
This was seen by many as the aperitif for the second semi-final between Federer and Nadal. The Serb hadn't lost a single set in the 2019 tournament before meeting Hubert Hurkacz in the third round, and one thought that David Goffin would pose a challenge for Djokovic in the quarter-final.
"I created another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam".
But the second seed held his nerve - and serve - amid unbearable tension in the next game to complete a memorable victory with a forehand victor on his fifth match point after three hours and two minutes. The last 18 strokes were all crosscourt backhands, with the players remaining in more or less the same position until Djokovic finally switched it up with his shot straight down the line. The crowd roared when opponent Bautista Agut got on the front foot and took the second set.
Sunday's showpiece will be the fifth Grand Slam final and a fourth meeting at Wimbledon, with Djokovic last victorious here in the 2015 final. "I had enough support here over the years, so I don't complain", Djokovic said afterward.
The rallies became longer, Djokovic ready to test Bautista Agut's mental and physical stamina. - Roger Federer after beating Nadal to reach his 12th Wimbledon final. Both players started off with some attractive rallies, as Nadal's resilience and Federer's backhand had the crowd riveted. A win would tie Margaret Court's record for most Grand Slam titles. There were signs of tentativeness for Nadal in the last two sets of the match.
"I am sad for the loss because for me it was another opportunity", said Nadal, who was also beaten in the semi-finals previous year by Djokovic. "But it's going to be very hard, as we know", Federer said. "You go through these kinds of emotional moments, especially in big matches like this, all the time".
And to think Roberto Bautista Agut gave up his stag weekend for this: a four-set, nearly three-hour clumping by Novak Djokovic. His groundstrokes, very poor in the second set, looked increasingly sharp; the following game, he saved three break points, the second after a 23-shot rally that ended with a forced backhand error from Nadal.