The 37-year-old eight-time champion - the third oldest Grand Slam finalist in the modern era - will be appearing in his 31st final at the majors.
The Swiss maestro turned the screws to break again early in the fourth and there was no way back for third seed Nadal as he lost a Grand Slam semi-final against Federer for the first time. "I thought I had a really good breaker". Their last clash was described by John McEnroe at the time as "the greatest match I've ever seen". They have previously faced each other at this juncture thrice, in 2012, 2014 and 2015, wherein Federer beat Djokovic in 2012, but succumbed to his counterpart in 2014 and 2015. (That's nearly certainly true.) They insist they want to win Wimbledon for the sake of winning Wimbledon, not as a matter of comparison. Whoever wins this encounter, both the players and their fans will be thankful that the Federer-Nadal show goes on.
As entertaining Djokovic vs. Bautista Agut was - including a 45-stroke point won by Djokovic - it was merely a tasty appetizer ahead of the day's delectable main course.
It will be the Serb's sixth Wimbledon final and his 15th Grand Slam final overall. Federer amassed 10 break points, and though he succeeded on just two, that was enough, with the last, vital conversion making it 2-1 in the fourth set. It's the Wimbledon final that every tennis player dreams of since childhood, as soon as he picks up a racket.
Seeded 23rd, Bautista Agut was as surprised by his march to Wimbledon's semifinal as anyone, having scheduled his bachelor party in Ibiza for the tournament's final weekend.
Djokovic capitalised on Bautista's early nerves by taking the first set relatively comfortably before his 32-year-old opponent hit back.
Tomorrow, he will face world number one Novak Djokovic where he hopes to capture a ninth Wimbledon and record-extending 21st Grand Slam crown. "I went too much for it", the Spaniard said.
And when asked what proved the difference-maker in a tight tussle between two of the game's greats Federer was modest in response.
These days, given their respective ages, you can't help but think 'is this the last time?' when Federer and Nadal take the court together. Both players started off with some handsome rallies, as Nadal's resilience and Federer's backhand had the crowd riveted. "The third set for me was the best set of the match". A win also would give her a record-tying 24 Grand Slam victories. "As I said, I think he played aggressive, he played a great match, and just well done for him", said Nadal, who concluded sharing that he does not know what his next tournament will be.
While Djokovic did see a brief dip in form during 2017, his resurgence since then has been truly remarkable and he is now the reigning Wimbledon champion. I had spells where I was serving very well and probably the biggest points in the match went my way.
Bautista Agut definitely made a match of it and made Djokovic work, but he just doesn't have the sustained firepower needed in best-of-5.