Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Brad Gilbert, Chris McKendry and Jason Goodall look ahead to the men's semifinals at Wimbledon, which include the first meeting between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the All England Club since their championship match in 2008.
Novak Djokovic will defend his Wimbledon crown on Sunday after beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semi-finals on Friday afternoon.
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). While they were obviously up against formidable foes, Mladenovic and Babos jut won the French Open for their second Grand Slam title together. He threw everything at Djokovic, but it took him a set to work out how best to cope with the unrelenting nature of his game.
Federer needed a little bit more time than Nadal, as he beat his Spanish opponent in three hours and two minutes. "Then the next point I wanted to play - I didn't want to take a risk on the point, to play long, to play a good rally".
"They all knew before it was a small chance to be here, me playing on the quarter-finals".
The way both Federer and Nadal have captivated fans all over the world over the last decade has inspired an entire generation of tennis lovers. The reigning champ topped Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets in Friday's earlier semifinal. Federer's win came at the 2012 Wimbledon semifinal by a score of 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. He held his first two service games without dropping a point.
He cancelled his stag do so he could play in the Wimbledon semi-final - but he might be able to salvage some of it after all. And when Bautista Agut held his first service game of the third set, Djokovic swung his racket towards the grass in exasperation.
The top seed reached his 25th grand slam final having won the 12th of his last 13 grand slam semi-finals. "I wanted to be in this position", said Djokovic.
Federer's fans inside Centre Court and those massed on "Henman Hill" watching the drama unfold on the giant screen need not have anxious though as the second seed proved he had plenty left in the tank.
Federer would kick up chalk with an ace to a corner, and Nadal would do the same in the next game. "But it's going to be very hard, as we know", Federer said.
From losing that second set, Djokovic was more settled but still gesticulated to his box, and at one point let out a remarkable wolflike howl into the sky after sending a forehand long - it was like the sound you make when you've just shut the house door and realized the keys are still inside. A win would tie Margaret Court's record for most Grand Slam titles.
"It comes very much down to who's better on the day, who's in a better mental place, who's got more energy left, who's tougher when it really comes to the crunch", Federer said.
"But I think the biggest points in the match went my way". When Djokovic ended that 45-stroke point - the longest on record at Wimbledon, where such stats date to 2005 - with a backhand victor, he cupped his ear while glaring into the stands.