11 years after they mesmerised Centre Court in a Grand Slam championship match, the two all-time tennis great will face each other in Wimbledon semis today. Nadal emerged triumphant that day, winning in five sets in a four-hour 48-minute epic that stretched out over seven hours. Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion at Wimbledon, has the edge overall, leading his great rival and friend 24-15 and 10-3 at the Slams.
Nadal-Federer will follow the first semi-final between Djokovic and Bautista Agut. Rafael Nadal sounded exblockquoted facing his great rival Roger. "I am exblockquoted about this match, exblockquoted about this opportunity to be again in that round against him, he said.
"The opportunities to play against each other every time are less, but we are still here", Nadal added. Nadal has been working on improving his attacking game for years now, but rarely has it all come together on a non-clay surface like it has so far at Wimbledon. With eight titles, Roger Federer starts as the favourite when he takes on Rafael Nadal on Friday but nothing is done until its done. Brace up for the big fight.