While a repeat of that epic appears unlikely, few matches in recent years have whet the appetite as this upcoming semifinal. Djokovic is in top form and hasn't dropped a set this fortnight.
The four heavy favourites made it through their quarter-finals in the men's singles event on Wednesday, and in truth, did so with relatively minimal fuss - only Roger Federer and Roberto Bautista-Agut dropped a set, with Guido Pella winning the third set against Bautista-Agut being the first set that Bautista-Agut has lost all tournament.
If Djokovic versus Bautista-Agut is the starter today, the main course for most neutrals is Rafa Nadal against Roger Federer, as the two main seeds from the bottom half of the draw meet, in their 42nd head to head clash. "You can dive into all that stuff or say this is grasscourt tennis and just attack". He's won a record eight singles titles at the All England club and captured his 100th career singles match on Tuesday in a quarterfinal win over Kei Nishikori that took four sets. However, Roger Federer reveals that he will treat this high-voltage match like every other match. Federer has won two of their three previous encounters in this spot. Nadal edged Federer 9-7 in the fifth set of the 2008 final - considered by many the greatest match in tennis' lengthy history - as daylight dwindled to nothing.
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He is in his 13th semi-final at the tournament and 45th at the majors. "It's grass-court tennis and I'm going to come out there and play attacking tennis.' And if he can defend that, that's too good". And it's the fourth time they'll play at Centre Court; Federer leads 2-1.
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Nadal and Federer have cruised through the tournament up to this point, with each dropping just one set respectively in their five matches leading up to Friday.
The semifinal between Federer and Nadal will be a clash of contrasting styles, which Broadbent suggests could serve up a modern classic. "[.] One thing Nadal has clearly never had is an attitude problem so we await tomorrow with appetites newly whetted".
There's very little to separate the two rivals but bookmakers lean towards Nadal.
For me, this is partially about how RBA handles the occasion, and if he does that successfully (where the likes of Berrettini didn't) he's got a set in him and the 3-1 to Djokovic appeals at 3.75. No. 23 seed Roberto Bautista Agut, 8 a.m.