In his 36th Grand Slam semi-final, the 15-time major victor faces Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut who is in his maiden last-four at the majors at the 27th attempt. "And, of course, I'd love to play against him here at Wimbledon".
My concern is that despite Bautista-Agut winning three of their previous 10 meetings, he's only won 55% of service points and held serve just 63% of the time against Djokovic.
Nadal leads the all-time matchup 25-14, which has included 14 battles at one of the major tournaments. The last time that both men met at Centre Court of the All England Club was in the 2008 final when Nadal edged Federer 9-7 in the fifth set of one of the greatest matches in tennis history to win his first Wimbledon title. Nadal's return game has never been better too.
37 year old Federer is bidding to win his 21st Grand Slam, and extend his own lead over his opponent for the most Slam singles titles of all time.
That includes 14 of the last 16 at Wimbledon.
To play an elite ATP tournament once in a career, you have to beat nearly all other rivals on the Tour in particular season, which is never easy, but to do that for 15 years in a row is something remarkable that only Nadal has managed to achieve in every season since 2005!
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.
"Going to try to use my experience in being in these kind of matches, get myself tactically prepared", Djokovic said.
"Hopefully I can execute everything I intend to do".
Aside from Andy Murray's two triumphs in 2013 and 2016, no player other than Federer, Nadal and Djokovic has won the tournament since Lleyton Hewitt did so in 2002.
That said, he does have the game to make Djokovic work very hard indeed, with this low bouncing surface giving his flat forehand in particular some assistance even against a defender like Djokovic. Nadal has worked on his serving and that's helped him once again be a contender on grass.
For this, Djokovic is a heavy favourite at [1.09] to progress, and while I do think this is a bit short, it's tough to think that there's much in the way of actionable value, despite the fact that Djokovic's edge, based on service/return points won isn't as considerable as those market prices would imply. Djokovic is in top form and hasn't dropped a set this fortnight.
"Haven't played each other in a long, long time on this surface". I mean, he's that good. "He's not just a clay-court specialist, we know".