Novak Djokovic advances to Wimbledon final after beating Bautista Agut

LONDON ENGLAND- JULY 10 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain celebrates victory in his Men's Quarter Final match against Guido Pella of Argentina during Day Nine of The Championships- Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1

LONDON ENGLAND- JULY 10 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain celebrates victory in his Men's Quarter Final match against Guido Pella of Argentina during Day Nine of The Championships- Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1

Djokovic pointed to his ear, another message to the crowd, when he lashed a backhand down the line to win a remarkable 45-shot point and save break point in his next service game.

Novak Djokovic has reached the Wimbledon final for the sixth time.

He missed four match points serving to end the contest in the fourth but outlasted Nadal in a final rally.

"With Federer, we all know how good he is anywhere, but especially here. He played really well", Djokovic said. But the Spaniard proved incredibly tough in the latter stages, and made Federer earn every single point towards the end. "I'm just relieved it's all over at this point".

Federer has been looking to add to his tally of 20 titles, while Nadal has been snapping at his heels with 18 Grand Slams to his name.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic withstood a fearless effort by Roberto Bautista Agut as he wore down the Spaniard 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the Wimbledon final for the sixth time in his career.

"He just wants to be like Roger (Federer)", Nick Kyrgios said earlier this year.

Djokovic isn't too shabby himself. Djokovic is also the defending champion at Wimbledon.

Federer has lost all four of their most recent meetings at the Slams and it's now seven years since he triumphed over the 32-year-old at the majors.

Yet Henman - a four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist - suspects Federer will have to take his game up another level despite the impressive fashion in which he overcame Nadal in the final four. "He had that match point, he served for the fourth set, but Roger wouldn't be Roger if he wouldn't always find another shot".

How excited, then, were the spectators for the rematch?

Quickly, that greeting was justified.

They hadn't faced each other across the net at the All England Club since. So for players maybe like Nadal or myself that like to have a little more time, it's a constant pressure that you have to deal with.

Asked where it would rate among his displays in south-west London, Federer said: "Obviously extremely high".

At 33, Nadal knows he may not get many more chances and he could not hide his frustration on Friday.

Roger Federer greets Rafael Nadal after their semi-final. "I think he played aggressive, he played a great match, and just well done for him".

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.

Federer has won eight titles at SW19 and ranks his win over Nadal as one of the best experiences he has had in the tournament.

So for now, as Federer prepares to face Djokovic on Sunday, Nadal will leave Wimbledon one match earlier than he wanted, for the second year in a row.

"From that standpoint I can go into that match very confident".

"It's something that is going to be hard to see again, " Nadal acknowledged of their long road together.

The world number one leads the head-to-head record 25-22 after winning their last match in the semi-finals of the 2018 Paris Masters.

On Friday, Djokovic was as animated as ever.

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. When Djokovic ended that 45-stroke point - the longest on record at Wimbledon, where such stats date to 2005 - with a backhand victor, he cupped his ear while glaring into the stands.

"I had to dig deep, Roberto was playing his first semi-final at a Grand Slam and he was not really overwhelmed".

Bautista Agut, 31, was the final hurdle. Instead, those pals were sitting in a guest box at Centre Court on Friday.

Eventually, Djokovic took control with his enviable ability to return serves, track down balls and go from defense to offense.

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