Federer denies Nadal in Wimbledon men's semi-final

The umpire performs the coin toss ahead of the Men's Singles semi-final

The umpire performs the coin toss ahead of the Men's Singles semi-final

Nadal was denied the opportunity to win a third Wimbledon and 19th Grand Slam title, with Federer being handed the chance to win his 21st Major.

"I am sad for the loss because for me it was another opportunity", said Nadal, who was also beaten in the semi-finals previous year by Djokovic.

Last year, Djokovic beat Kevin Anderson in straight sets, but a straightforward win is highly unlikely this time around. The Serb has won 14 of their last 20 meetings and eight of the last 10. "He probably will, honestly, I reckon he will get the Grand Slam count, I reckon he will overpass Federer". Not only did he call Andy Murray's 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon championships, but anyone who has followed his grass-court picks is up almost $4,400. In response to Roddick accusing him pre-match of exaggerating injuries, a clearly upset Djokovic said: "Andy was saying that I have 16 injuries, so obviously I don't, right?"

Halep has never won a Wimbledon championship.

"But I think the biggest points in the match went my way".

In Sunday's final, Federer will go up against Novak Djokovic, who is the defending champion and seeded No. 1. A commanding display from Federer saw him tackle past Nadal and into his 12 Wimbledon final.

Then, at the climax to the match, Nadal, fighting as only he knows how, threatened to ambush Federer's quest for a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon singles title by saving four match points before Federer took his place in Sunday's showpiece.

"Today it's sad for me because chances are not forever", a deflated Nadal said. There is no doubt whatsoever as to who the crowd will support. They have met 47 times, with Djokovic also ahead in that 25-22, facing one another in 15 Grand Slam matches, of which four have been finals.

Earlier in the day, world No 1 Djokovic came through a tricky battle with Roberto Bautista Agut to move to within one match of defending his grass-court crown.

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.

"But it's definitely, definitely going to go down as one of my favourite matches to look back at, again, because it's Rafa, it's at Wimbledon, the crowds were into it, great weather".

The 32-year-old Serbian superstar beat the Swiss ace in the 2014 and 2015 deciders at SW19 and has also won their three most recent head-to-head encounters. There are a variety of other Wimbledon odds you can target like the game spread, where Nadal is favored by 1.5.

"It lived up to the hype, especially from coming out of the gates, we were both playing very well", he said.

After the match, Djokovic said, "I had to work hard".

"He loves to play very fast".

But given the way these two are now playing, Father Time has the same chance a first-round opponent has of toppling the two modern day behemoths. 'I've done enough in my career so I can, you know, stop tennis, professional tennis, at any time. It ended a run of three consecutive grand slam final reverses for Djokovic.

With 18 major titles, Nadal is just two trophies behind Federer for most all time among men in the sport. The Swiss won the third set 6-3, with a victor count of 15 and only two unforced errors.