I played a great event.
They are human after all.
Federer took the first set 7-1, with Nadal coming back in the second set 6-1 but it was all Federer after that.
Nadal famously beat Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final, in a match that spanned nearly five hours and is considered by many to be one of, if not the best match in history.
The 40th chapter of their rivalry, the third-most prolific in the professional era, was compelling enough though.
There was barely a cigarette paper between the two gladiators in a high-quality opening set crackling with tension.
After watching Bautista Agut's shot hit the net tape, pop in the air and slide over for a victor that tied things at a set apiece, Centre Court spectators stood and cheered.
With Federer's last win at Wimbledon in 2017, Federer said he is "excited" to face off against Djokovic. Then he had trouble closing out the match on serve as Nadal fought off two more match points - one after a long rally; another on a sharp crosscourt shot - before Federer finally was able to raise his hands in victory after a shot by Nadal went long.
"Of course, as I said the other day, we know that every time there are less chances to play against each other in these high quality matches". I hope I can push (Djokovic) to the brink and hopefully beat him but it's going to be very hard.
"Obviously winning that game was crucial for me", Djokovic said of the marathon rally game.
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The 33-year-old Nadal was understandably deflated. Having won his 12th French Open title last month, he had looked fired-up to win his third Wimbledon crown and first since 2010.
"At the same time, today is sad because for me I know chances are not forever". "He played aggressive, he played a great match, well done".
"I'm exhausted, it was tough at the end".
"But at the same time I created another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam". I thought probably the biggest points in the match went my way.
After edging a tense first set by taking the last five points of the tie-break, Federer was overpowered in a 36-minute second set as Nadal, reviving memories of his memorable 2008 final triumph over the Swiss, appeared to have wrestled control.
Federer's fans need not have fretted though.
That, along with a stormy second-round win over Kyrgios, fueled his fire and the only set he dropped in a marauding run to the semi-final was against the maverick Australian.
No one else has managed to reduce Federer to midmatch mediocrity quite the way Nadal can on occasion, part of why the Spaniard entered Friday with a 24-15 overall lead head-to-head, including 10-3 at Grand Slam tournaments.
The ice cool Swiss fended that off, then unloaded everything in his arsenal at Nadal in two more match points, only to have victory snatched away by two sublime winners off the indefatigable Spaniard's racket.
Nadal fended off a fourth match point with another sublime victor but Federer sealed it at the fifth time of asking - holding his arms aloft as Nadal fired a backhand long.