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It's been seven years since Nadal last featured in a final at Wimbledon. Probably, although the Russian with the golden arm will make him work for it.
Yet since 2011, Nadal has failed to go beyond the fourth round - until now. Nadal then plays Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.
He remains a strong favourite - alongside rival Federer - to go all the way to Sunday's final. "If it was, more people would have come out on top".
Defending champion Federer breezed past Adrian Mannarino in their last-16 clash yesterday, sweeping the Frenchman aside 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 to win in straight sets.
If Williams passes the test delivered by Pliskova, a rematch of the 2016 Wimbledon women's final awaits against Kerber, who beat Williams for her first major crown at the 2016 Australian Open.
The men's Grand Slam record is held by Bjorn Borg, who won 41 sets in a row at Roland Garros between 1979 and 1981.
Before tomorrow's quarter-finals, it is hard to see anything other than a ninth title here for Federer - who is yet to have his serve broken during this tournament - after yet another straight-sets victory on Centre Court. A big if, admittedly.
Eight-time champion Federer will be playing in his 53rd Grand Slam last-eight when he tackles either Gael Monfils of France or Kevin Anderson, the eighth-seeded South African.
But who are the new and the newish faces?
Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko is only 21 but is already a Grand Slam champion, having won the French Open past year, and she credits ballroom dancing for helping with her footwork.
I am not saying I am not excited to play against Roger in the final.
Daria Kasatkina is one of the emerging talents of the WTA Tour.
Since seeds were introduced in the 1920s, it's the first time none of the top-10 have reached the women's quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
"We are talking about me being in the quarter-finals".
Former world number one Djokovic has a 13-2 winning record against the Japanese player.
For now, though, comes another day of reflection and, more important, rest. Harry Maguire or Roger Federer?
But there were flourishes to Nadal's play too, notably another hotdog shot and also a wicked forehand victor that cut across the court and dipped dramatically onto the line.
That match kicks off at 16:00 BST on Sunday and the men's singles finalists will walk out on Centre Court two hours earlier.
"They'll hear every point, Wow, love-15, 15-30". The players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what's going on at Wimbledon.
"It was a really high quality match, I had to dig deep", Anderson said after the match.
"If you ask me if I prefer another one, I say yes".
"We are a sold-out event and there's massive interest".
"When I arrive here, my goal is to do the things the right way, to try to give me chances to compete well".