Eleven years after they last met at Wimbledon, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had a packed crowd gasping as they put on another epic show. With Federer's last win at Wimbledon in 2017, Federer said he is "excited" to face off against Djokovic.
However, Bautista Agut, who had already defeated the Serb twice this year, eventually settled and broke for 2-1 in the second set. "That first set was huge as well, to get the lead".
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.
Nadal dug deep to hold, and in the tie-break that followed the Spaniard found the corner to win a remarkable opening point and go the mini-break up.
It seemed certain that Djokovic was going to spend a lot less time on court in this semi-final compared to 12 months ago when he needed five sets and five hours and 15 minutes to beat Nadal. There are a variety of other Wimbledon odds you can target like the game spread, where Nadal is favored by 1.5.
Less than a month shy of his 38th birthday, Federer is the second-oldest man to reach a Wimbledon final, after 39-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1974, denying Nadal for the first time in five grand slam semi-finals between the two great rivals.
In Wednesday's quarterfinals, Calvert told readers to bet Federer at +230 (risk $100 to win $230) to defeat Kei Nishikori three sets to one - and that's exactly what happened.
Nadal has two, and beat Federer in the 2008 final.
The top-ranked Serb won the third set to lead his semifinal against Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Yet the remainder of the contest had just enough flourishes of pure brilliance from the eight times champion to make it a worthy occasion for him to become the sole male member of the Grand Slam 100 club.
Djokovic, increasingly irritated by a restless crowd, broke for 4-2 in the third set and held for 5-2 off the back of a lung-busting 45-shot rally. The Spaniard failed to convert two more break points at 3-1 but served out the set when his forehand clipped the net cord and landed in.
The Wimbledon semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Roberto Bautista Agut was briefly interrupted after a fan became ill on Centre Court.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic has won the first set 6-2 in his Wimbledon semifinal against Roberto Bautista Agut.
The victor will advance to the final, where he will face either Djokovic or Bautista Agut.
Djokovic is looking for his fifth Wimbledon title, while Bautista Agut is appearing in his first Grand Slam semifinal. But Nadal has been even more dominant, taking four of his five matches in straight sets. The Libema Open is a grass-court event like Wimbledon, a surface Calvert knows better than anyone.
Federer is an eight-time Wimbledon champion, while Nadal has won two titles at the All England Club.