"But it was a joy to play against Rafa there, on his court", Federer said.
The Spaniard won 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (8/10), 9-7 as the clock ticked past 9pm and with the famous stadium in near-darkness. Not only is he picking the victor, he's also betting on how many sets the match lasts, how many games the first set goes, and whether there will be a tiebreak. Meeting at Wimbledon for the first time in the 2006 final, the Swiss star got the better of the man who had already beaten him twice at Roland Garros in 2005 and 2006.
Federer holds an edge on Nadal for the most men's singles titles at Grand Slams, 20-18.
Federer and Nadal will battle for a place in the final later Friday, 11 years after they mesmerised Centre Court in a Grand Slam championship match widely regarded as the greatest ever played.
But that was an anomaly in an opening set Djokovic dominated against an opponent clearly nervous at playing his first Grand Slam semi final.
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Talking about his upcoming match, Agut said, "I am enjoying playing on this court and I have enjoyed every match I've played".
The victor of Federer-Nadal will face either Novak Djokovic or Roberto Bautista Agut and while the latter has won three of their last five meetings on all surfaces and their last three in a row on hard courts he seems unlikely to upset the odds. "It's grass-court tennis and I'm going to come out there and play attacking tennis.' And if he can defend that, that's too good".
"It's the one match that every tennis player alive will tune in for".
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have faced off in three of the four Grand Slams in their illustrious careers.
The 32-year-old broke again to wrap the first set up in 37 minutes, but any fears this would soon turn into a non-contest were quashed in the following set. I hear Ibiza is lovely this time of year.
For me, this is partially about how RBA handles the occasion, and if he does that successfully (where the likes of Berrettini didn't) he's got a set in him and the 3-1 to Djokovic appeals at 3.75.
Djokovic saved two break points in the next game, the second with that 45-shot rally that had the crowd openly laughing at the absurd consistency.