Played over nearly seven hours because of rain delays and ending in virtual darkness in front of a mesmerised Centre Court, Federer and Nadal's last meeting at Wimbledon is widely regarded as the pinnacle of the sport.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are set to meet again at Centre Court for the 2019 Wimbledon semifinal over 10 years since the duo last met in an epic five-hour, five-set, 2008 final.
Federer hasn't impressed this grass swing by his standards and I have to wonder whether or not he's still capable of going to five sets against Nadal these days.
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Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer the last time they met at Wimbledon, in 2008, in what is considered to be one of the greatest matches ever played. The Libema Open is a grass-court event like Wimbledon, a surface Calvert knows better than anyone.
"I thought it was the best Wimbledon final of all time", Becker said.
Stream: WatchESPN and the ESPN App. ESPN3 will offer the "Wimbledon Multicam, with boxes focusing on each player, online and on the ESPN app".
Federer holds an edge on Nadal for the most men's singles titles at Grand Slams, 20-18.
Let's take a look at the betting history behind Nadal and Federer's 13 Grand Slam matches dating all the way back to their first showdown in 2005... The eight time champion Federer fought back from losing the first sets against Lloyd George Harris in the round one, and Kei Nishikori in the quarter final on Wednesday.
Novak Djokovic will contest his sixth Wimbledon final after coming through a stern examination from Roberto Bautista Agut.
Here's how tennis experts expect Federer vs Nadal to pan out.
"I think it was a wise decision for him to play the clay [court season] because physically he is in good shape and it has put him in a position to win the Championship", Becker, who also coached Djokovic to Wimbledon glory in 2014 and 2015, said. He's dropped just one set - to Nick Kyrgios in the second round - and has a clear advantage in the head-to-head record with Federer, holding a 24-15 advantage. Roberto Bautista-Agut, meanwhile, is a 40/1 outsider.
"I got a bit tight, it was a close opening four/five games of the third set, it could have gone both ways but I'm glad it went my way". Based on two year hold/break data on grass, I made Rafa [1.83] and Roger [2.20], not hugely dissimilar to the market pricing.
Djokovic saved two break points in the next game, the second with that 45-shot rally that had the crowd openly laughing at the absurd consistency.