Djokovic leads 25-22 overall, 9-6 at the majors, 3-1 in Grand Slam finals and 2-1 at Wimbledon.
Federer knew it wouldn't be easy against his great rival.
"He played really well".
"Then the climax at the end with the insane last game, some tough rallies there - it had everything at the end, which was great, I guess". A win Saturday would be Williams's first Grand Slam title as a mother; she gave birth to her daughter two years ago.
The rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer continues on Sunday as the defending Wimbledon champion takes on the eight-time All England Club victor in the 2019 final.
"There's no point to start partying tonight or get too emotional, too happy about it, even though I am extremely happy".
Djokovic isn't too shabby himself.
Still, it'll take that and more to get past the No. 1-seeded Djokovic, who is up to his usual body-bending, grind-it-out excellence at the baseline, even winning a 45-stroke point while eliminating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals. Djokovic is eyeing a fifth championship at Wimbledon and 16th major title.
Plus, Djokovic has won their four most recent showdowns.
Friday's match turned on an incredible 45-shot rally in the seventh game of the third set, which Djokovic won to hold serve and stay a break up - and from then on he took total control as the Spaniard, who had looked calm and confident in his first Grand Slam semi-final, was eventually brushed aside. "That was where the match could have gone both ways but thankfully it went my way".
How excited, then, were the spectators for the rematch?
He has dropped a set on two occasions this year, though, and this will be a tough test, so 29/10 for a 3-1 triumph takes the eye from the Federer vs Djokovic odds.
Quickly, that greeting was justified.
One key, for Federer, was that his rebuilt backhand, hit strong and flat more frequently than it used to be, held steady against Nadal's bullwhip of a lefty forehand.
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Seemingly riled by the British crowd siding with Bautista Agut, rather than the time-and-again Wimbledon champion in their midst, Djokovic threw up his arms in an invitation for them to get behind him instead.
Here's all you need to know ahead of Friday.
Federer won his first Wimbledon in 2003, beating Mark Philippoussis in the final.
Federer had cause to be first-set leery.
He broke early in the third set then held off a fierce Nadal counter-attack to restore his one-set lead.
However, the Swiss was delighted to win that final game which featured three deuces and a break point before he finally ended a potential Nadal fightback on his fifth match point.
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Federer is an eight-time Wimbledon champion, while Nadal has won two titles at the All England Club.
However, he will have his work cut out on Sunday if he is to secure a 21st major title as he trails 15-time Slam victor Djokovic 25-22 in career meetings.
"I hope I can push him to the brink and hopefully beat him".
"But it's definitely, definitely going to go down as one of my favorite matches to look back at, again, because it's Rafa, it's at Wimbledon, the crowds were into it, great weather".
On Friday, Djokovic was as animated as ever.
The second was a different story as Bautista Agut dialled back a little and found that he was able to out-duel the master.