No. 7 Simona Halep beat No. 8 Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3; No. 11 Serena Williams beat Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2. He's dropped just one set in the last two rounds.
Over a decade later, the sport's two most successful players now have 38 Grand Slam titles between them and more than $100 million in prize money each.
That said, the underdog has won this battle in two of the last four clashes and Federer is certainly capable of turning up and increasing his level from anything we've seen so far this fortnight. "You can dive into all that stuff or say this is grasscourt tennis and just attack". Federer has rolled through Wimbledon 2019, winning all five of his matches in four sets or fewer. However, Roger Federer reveals that he will treat this high-voltage match like every other match.
The pair are set to get underway on Centre Court at 3:00pm United Kingdom time, with live coverage on the BBC in the United Kingdom and ESPN in the USA, though the start time may be pushed back depending on events in the first semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Roberto Bautista Agut. They have met three previous time on Centre Court at Wimbledon, where Federer holds a 2-1 advantage.
So who wins Federer vs. Nadal?
The Big Three's domination might have limited the emergence of younger talent, but Meagher believes fans should enjoy while it lasts.
"The men's competition has been a slow burner, to put it politely, but Nadal's semi-final against Federer will ensure it catches fire on Friday". Sharing the court in three Wimbledon finals, Federer leads the Spaniard 2-1 across these matches, but is 15-24 behind overall. Nadal has won 18 and will look to pull in just one behind the Swiss veteran with a win today and in the final Sunday.
Like Roenigk, Wertheim suggests there is a case to make Nadal favorite on Friday.
"It is still exceedingly hard to call Federer the favorite in this match", he wrote. That's when a 22-year-old Nadal defeated a 26-year-old Federer in a thrilling, five-set match widely considered one of the greatest ever played.
"We still (feel) that we have chances to compete for the most important things", Nadal said. Nadal's return game has never been better too. But Wimbledon is Federer's turf.
"He likes to shift into another gear in the semis and final here, and there's room for him to do that again". This is only the second time he's made the Wimbledon semifinals having dropped just one set.
When it comes to the tournament as a whole, Novak Djokovic is 7/10 to defend his title, followed by Nadal at 16/5 and Federer at 4/1.