Not long after that ended on Centre Court, the No. 3-seeded Nadal finished off Sam Querrey, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 Court. Despite everything Nadal has achieved here at Wimbledon, make no mistake, this will feel like a Federer home game.
Friday will be the 40 meeting between Federer and Nadal and the pair, who share a combined 38 Grand Slam titles between them, know each other game's inside out.
That´s despite Federer having five titles at the US Open while Nadal has three. Even if you play well, it's not enough, because he continue, continue to play deep, deep, close from the line, left, right. Nadal, though, has looked dominant at Wimbledon, dropping only one set.
"It's the one match that every tennis player alive will tune in for".
That assessment was spot on as an airborne Nadal was celebrating with a fist pump after sealing the first set with a service victor and could have drilled a volley right into his opponent's chest to win the second but gently, and politely, tapped it away to take a 2-0 lead.
Here's how tennis experts expect Federer vs Nadal to pan out.
However, it is eight-time champion Federer who just edges their Wimbledon head-to-head 2-1 after winning the 2006 and 2007 finals before Nadal famously broke the spell in 2008.
The Big Three's domination might have limited the emergence of younger talent, but Meagher believes fans should enjoy while it lasts.
Federer is wary of the dangers presented by Nadal.
Afterward, Nadal was asked about the ways in which he and Federer had improved since their 2008 Wimbledon final and what explained their longevity atop the sport. He also holds a 25-14 all-time edge versus the Swiss maestro.
"Although it's hard to bet against Federer on grass, I'm going to".
Fed's backhand has certainly looked off this tournament and you've got to wonder if it'll be able to cope with the barrage it's likely to get from Nadal on Friday.
Federer beat Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in a match that took 2:36.
However, the result of that match isn't something that the number two seed is bothering himself with as he readies himself to take on the Spaniard in the Wimbledon 2019 semifinals. He has been just terrific in this tournament.
The semifinal between Federer and Nadal will be a clash of contrasting styles, which Broadbent suggests could serve up a modern classic.
"The longevity of Federer and Nadal has been a testament to their imagination".
Let's hope we get the match that the tournament has been waiting for on the men's side and that it isn't blighted by gale force winds as their French Open clash was.
However, Federer further added that he will obviously analyze Nadal's game with the help of Seve and Ivan before coming into the match.
Perfectly opening the court, beautifully, Novak forced David to run as much as possible, driving him away from the comfort zone and always pushing the Belgian to play an extra shot and choose a riskier approach.
He is in his 13th semi-final at the tournament and 45th at the majors. This is only the second time he's made the Wimbledon semifinals having dropped just one set. More importantly, he's excelling at the two things you must do well to win on grass: "serving and returning". Obviously, best-of-five set match, five sets.
37 year old Federer is bidding to win his 21st Grand Slam, and extend his own lead over his opponent for the most Slam singles titles of all time. Roberto Bautista-Agut, meanwhile, is a 40/1 outsider.