Roger Federer exacted a measure of Wimbledon revenge over his great rival Rafael Nadal in Friday's semi-final to set up a showdown with defending champion Novak Djokovic in this year's showpiece.

Eleven years ago Nadal came out on top in a final considered one of the finest matches ever played - one that spanned five sets and almost five hours - but in their first Wimbledon meeting since, it was Federer who emerged victorious 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 6-3 6-4.

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer, who turns 38 next month, took a first-set tie-break and though he lost his way as Nadal levelled up the contest, it was the second seed who stepped up a gear on his favourite surface.

Clay-court king Nadal had won the last meeting between these two in straight sets in this year's French Open semi-final, but grass is more Federer's domain, and he broke the Spaniard early in both the third and fourth sets before closing out a brilliant victory in just over three hours.

There was little to separate the pair early on, with just five points dropped on serve across the opening seven games.

Federer brought up the first break point in the next game but Nadal won a 21-shot rally and the two headed for a breaker, with the Swiss coming from 3-2 behind and forging ahead with a crunching forehand winner.

At 1-1 in the second set, Federer had two break opportunities but could seize neither and he appeared to lose his way when his opponent reeled off five games in a row, the 20-time grand slam champion at one point wildly miscuing a shot at the net into the crowd to be broken for a second time in a row.

But he was back on song in the next, brilliantly outduelling Nadal at the net and then fending off three break points to go 4-1 up, bringing up set point with a classic backhand down the line and then holding to love.

Nadal started the fourth set with a double fault and lost his second service game, Federer appearing to have an extra spring in his step as he manoeuvred his feet to dispatch a brilliant forehand winner.

Two match points on the Nadal serve came and went, and the Spaniard netted a backhand with a chance to make it 5-5, but Federer eventually got the job done at the fifth time of asking and advanced to a 12th Wimbledon final where he will meet Djokovic, who beat the Swiss in both 2014 and 2015.

Novak Djokovic said it felt like "a dream come true" to reach another Wimbledon final.

The Serbian top seed overcame Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets on Centre Court on Friday.

His 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 success left Djokovic thrilled, and he headed off to watch as much of the keenly anticipated clash between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as he could manage.

Four-time champion Djokovic said: "This has been the dream tournament for me when I was a child, so to be in another final is a dream come true regardless of the history and the many finals that I've played in grand slams.

"Playing finals at Wimbledon is something different, so I'll definitely enjoy that experience."

Djokovic spent long stretches of the match chuntering to himself and at times taking on the crowd, suspecting they favoured Bautista Agut. Eventually he channelled his frustrations in a positive way, gaining control of a match that had become finely balanced.

"I had to dig deeper," Djokovic said, after booking a sixth visit to the final. "It's semi-finals and Roberto was playing his first semi-finals in a grand slam, but regardless of that he was not really overwhelmed with the stadium and the occasion. He played really well.

"In the first set he was still probably managing his nerves and made some uncharacteristic unforced errors, but later on at the beginning of the second he started to establish himself.

"He started to play better and he placed his serves really, really nicely to open up the points. I got a bit tight and it was a very close opening five or six games of the third set.

"That's where the match really could have gone different ways and I'm glad it went my way."

Asked about his plans for the rest of Friday, with Federer and Nadal following Djokovic onto court, he added: "Of course I will watch it. I'm a fan of that match-up as well. Federer-Nadal is one of the most epic rivalries of all-time."

Novak Djokovic won through to his sixth Wimbledon final and will chase a fifth title on Sunday after grinding out victory against Roberto Bautista Agut.

The 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 success for Serbian top seed Djokovic was not always pretty, and his frustration boiled over several times.

There were moments when Djokovic seemed to believe he was in a bearpit of an arena, rather than the genteel surroundings of Centre Court in leafy south-west London.

He took on the crowd for showing support for Bautista Agut, when the Spanish 23rd seed produced a spirited fightback to take the second set, and may have won few friends.

Yet this was all about getting another job done for Djokovic, another step on a well-trodden path towards glory.

It has been Djokovic, and not Andy Murray, not Roger Federer and certainly not Rafael Nadal, who has been the dominant force in the men's singles at Wimbledon over the last decade.

Titles in 2011, 2014, 2015 and last year have helped the 32-year-old reach a haul of 15 grand slams, with more surely to come. He may one day become the most prolific slam winner.

Bautista Agut was playing his first grand slam semi-final at the age of 31 in a week when he was meant to be on his own stag party in Ibiza. He was shaky in the early moments and dropped serve twice in the opening set.

The inevitable question was whether this would remain a one-sided contest, as disappointing as the two women's semi-finals on Thursday, or whether Bautista Agut might find a response.

Watched from the Royal Box by Rod Laver and Alex Ferguson, the initially imperturbable Djokovic suddenly hit a dip and his opponent began to score with winners.

One such shot, a tremendous inside-out forehand, whistled past Djokovic's backhand to earn a break.

Djokovic became ragged, and his mood darkened when Bautista Agut levelled the match with a forehand off the netcord, the ball dropping dead on the world number one's side.

Seemingly riled by the British crowd siding with Bautista Agut, rather than the time-and-again Wimbledon champion in their midst, Djokovic threw up his arms in an invitation for them to get behind him instead.

The rallies became longer, Djokovic ready to test Bautista Agut's mental and physical stamina. And when Bautista Agut held his first service game of the third set, Djokovic swung his racket towards the grass in exasperation.

Eventually he managed to channel his aggression sensibly and broke for 4-2 by taking command of the net on successive points, roaring a battle cry when he smashed away to seize the momentum.

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.

He took the set, missed out on three break points at the start of the fourth but struck in Bautista Agut's next service game, again in the fifth game, and it was all downhill from there.

This was seen by many as the aperitif for the second semi-final between Federer and Nadal. Djokovic may end up being the headline act again come Sunday evening.

John McEnroe, commentating for the BBC, observed Djokovic had managed to turn his perception of crowd bias into a positive.

"He used it to energise himself and you've got to love that," McEnroe said.


Novak Djokovic [1] bt Roberto Bautista Agut [23] 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2

Djokovic – 42/29
Bautista Agut – 34/30

Djokovic – 9/3
Bautista Agut – 5/2

Djokovic – 5/8
Bautista Agut – 1/5

Djokovic – 64
Bautista Agut – 67

Djokovic – 77/51
Bautista Agut – 68/49

Djokovic – 119
Bautista Agut - 102

Novak Djokovic believes he is peaking at the right time at Wimbledon after he was able to "dismantle" David Goffin to reach the semi-finals.

The defending champion was a break down in the first set but stormed back to win 6-4 6-0 6-2 on Centre Court.

Djokovic will face Roberto Bautista Agut in the last four as he bids to claim a 16th grand slam title.

The top seed is full of confidence after storming past Goffin following a testing first set on Wednesday.

"I've been playing best tennis in this tournament in the last two rounds, fourth round and today." the Serbian said following his 70th singles win at SW19.

"Especially second set and third set against Goffin, who was in form, I felt like I managed to dismantle his game and find always the right shots.

"Very pleased with the performance. This match could have gone a different way. I was a break down. He was the better player for most of the first set. But I managed to turn things around.

"I feel very good on the court, confident, going for the shots, trying to come to the net, as well, be more aggressive, use the short balls.

"Hopefully the serve can be consistent because I'm going to need that. Especially on grass, you're going to need a lot of free points on the first serves. That's obviously a big advantage coming into last four."

Defending champion Novak Djokovic took the wind out of David Goffin's sails to cruise into a ninth Wimbledon semi-final.

It was not plain sailing for the top seed in the first set, but he came from a break down and went on to brush Goffin aside 6-4 6-0 6-2 on Centre Court.

Goffin had the better of much of an entertaining opening set before Djokovic sapped the life out of the fast-fading Belgian, who wilted in his first quarter-final at SW19 on Wednesday.

Djokovic, who made only 17 unforced errors and won 76 per cent of points behind his first serve, has only dropped one set en route to the last four as he eyes a 16th major title.

The world number one, beaten by Goffin for the first time when they last met in Monaco two years ago, will now face Roberto Bautista Agut or Guido Pella.

Djokovic fended off a couple of break points with stoic defence and a trusty serve as his 23-ranked opponent applied early pressure, bossing baseline rallies.

Goffin was lightning quick over the famous grass as the two served up some thrilling rallies and the underdog got a thumbs up from Djokovic following a majestic cross-court winner before breaking to lead 4-3.

The Serbian appeared to be troubled by his eyes as he sat in his chair but was seeing clearly when he broke straight back and won the set after Goffin fizzed a backhand wide. 

The second set was a totally different story, Goffin fading fast after showing such promise, with an aggressive Djokovic sweeping him aside.

A sprightly Djokovic broke for a 2-0 lead with a volley at the net and continued to jump all over the Belgian's tame serve, returning superbly and sealing a bagel with a textbook overhead.

Goffin halted a run of 10 consecutive games won by Djokovic to level at 1-1 in the third but gifted the four-time champion a break with a double fault.

Djokovic saved two break points before taking a 4-1 advantage and Goffin was put out of his misery when he flashed a backhand into the tramlines.


Novak Djokovic [1] bt David Goffin [21] 6-4 6-0 6-2

Djokovic - 24/17
Goffin - 28/23

Djokovic - 3/3
Goffin - 4/5

Djokovic - 7/10
Goffin - 1/6

Djokovic - 59
Goffin - 45

Djokovic - 76/50
Goffin - 62/38

Djokovic - 93
Goffin - 66

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal eased into the quarter-finals at Wimbledon with dominant displays in their respective fourth-round matches.

After Nadal easily brushed aside Joao Sousa, defending champion Djokovic made light work of Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-2 6-3.

Federer rounded off the day on Centre Court, easily dispatching world number 20 Matteo Berrettini to claim his 99th win at the grand slam.

The eight-time champion will face Kei Nishikori, who got the better of Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Djokovic will go up against David Goffin, while Sam Querrey's 6-4 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5) win over compatriot Tennys Sandgren means he will play Nadal.

Milos Raonic succumbed to Guido Pella in a tightly contested five-set encounter, with Roberto Bautista Agut making up the last eight.



No player has ever reached a century of wins at a single grand slam, but after breezing past Berrettini 6-1 6-2 6-2 in 74 minutes Federer is one victory away from doing just that.

The 37-year-old was in supreme form against the Italian - 14 years his junior - with Berrettini making a number of rookie mistakes in a humbling defeat.

Eighth seed Nishikori will be Federer's opponent in the quarters after he edged past Kukushkin in four sets.

"I think it's going to be tough. I remember some of the slams recently he arrived into the later stages with maybe some tough matches going into it. So far it's been really easy for him," Federer told a news conference when asked about Nishikori.



Playing for the first time in the second week of a grand slam, 21-year-old Humbert offered little resistance as Djokovic took another step towards defending his crown.

Humbert found himself chasing the 15-time major winner for the majority of the match, which was wrapped up when a delightful drop shot set the Serbian up to serve it out.

"I played against a very talented player who made some big wins this tournament and definitely has a potential to reach big heights in tennis because he's got quite [an] all-around game," Djokovic told a news conference.



French Open champion Nadal proved untouchable for Sousa, as the world number two cruised to a 6-2 6-2 6-2 victory on Centre Court.

Nadal hit 30 winners and converted six of eight break points in the win, which took an hour and 45 minutes.

With Federer and Djokovic likely to join him in the last four for the second straight slam, the third seed reflected on their lengthy period of dominance.

"It is special what we achieved in the last 15 years," Nadal said. "Something special, difficult to repeat I think, so many titles between three players."

Novak Djokovic enjoyed a serene passage into the Wimbledon quarter-finals as he dispatched Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-2 6-3.

The 21-year-old Frenchman, ranked 66 in the world, was playing in the second week of a grand slam for the first time in his career and found the going tough against an imperious defending champion.

Djokovic's supreme defensive game made life incredibly tough for Humbert, who found himself chasing the match after early breaks in each of the first two sets.

A pinpoint backhand return from Djokovic opened up a 3-1 advantage in the opener and his progress to a last-eight encounter with 21st seed David Goffin was scarcely in doubt thereafter.

The world number one dropped a paltry 14 points on his own serve and, although Humbert's biggest weapon yielded six aces, Djokovic snaffled five of nine break points.

"I had never played Ugo but saw him play and he's won against a couple of great players," Djokovic told BBC.

"I was able to study his game, but he probably wasn't at his best. I'm pleased to execute the job in three sets."

After a processional second set, Humbert knuckled down gamely in the third.

But he coughed up three more break points in the eighth game and Djokovic only needed one – a delightful drop shot settling him up to serve out via a couple of deuces.

With Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in similarly uncompromising moods on Monday, SW19 is enjoying some of the all-time greats in prime form.

Novak Djokovic [1] bt Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-2 6-3

Djokovic - 25/14
Humbert - 20/34

Djokovic - 3/1
Humbert - 6/2

Djokovic - 5/9
Humbert - 0/0

Djokovic - 70
Humbert - 60

Djokovic - 78/80
Humbert - 65/38

Djokovic - 91
Humbert- 60

Guido Pella claimed another Wimbledon scalp as he dumped out last year's runner-up Kevin Anderson in straight sets in the third round.

Pella is now enjoying his best ever run at a grand slam, but he is no stranger to upsets at the All England Club.

In 2018, he knocked out 2017 finalist Marin Cilic and now, having climbed the rankings considerably in the past year, he repeated the trick against Anderson.

The South African, beaten by Novak Djokovic in the final last season, went down 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-4).

Anderson took just one of nine break point opportunities and rued his missed chances.

"Obviously I didn't take my chances on break points. That's probably one of the key stats," he said. "Right from the first game, my break point percentage converted was really low today.

"Sometimes just winning a few of those can really change a match. Even though it was straight sets, tennis is a game where a few points can really change the direction of a match.

"It was definitely a tough one. It was very difficult at times out there."

Pella will face Milos Raonic (15) in the next round.



Defending champion Djokovic overcame a scare against Hubert Hurkacz and now faces the unseeded Ugo Humbert. He will not take anything for granted, though, despite a lack of top-10 seeds in his half of the bracket.

"It's a grand slam. Certainly, it's a surprise not to have any top-10 player left in my side of the draw," he said. "At the same time, respect to everyone who won against those guys and top seeds.

"My attitude towards every next opponent is not going to change because he's not ranked as high as someone else."

Humbert ended the challenge of talented youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime – a player Djokovic had earlier raved about.



Auger-Aliassime might have blushed at Djokovic's praise had he got through. Instead, it was his performance against Humbert – in a 6-4 7-5 6-3 defeat – that had him feeling uncomfortable.

"Pressure got to me and it got to a point where it was a bit embarrassing," he said. "It was just tough. I just wasn't finding ways.

"I think he just did what he had to do. It was solid. From my end, it was pretty embarrassing."



Two other upsets on Friday saw Roberto Bautista Agut overturn Karen Khachanov as David Goffin defeated Daniil Medvedev.

Goffin trailed 4-1 in the fifth set but still progressed, explaining: "It was an amazing feeling. But I felt that I was a little bit, I think, the better player during the whole match.

"If you see all the rallies and how I felt during the match, I was feeling good and, during the rallies, I was a little bit more aggressive."

Benoit Paire and Fernando Verdasco – Goffin's next opponent – both advanced, too.

Novak Djokovic booked a place in Wimbledon's fourth round after beating Hubert Hurkacz in four sets.

The defending champion was not at his best for large periods as the 22-year-old pushed him hard on No. 1 Court on Friday.

Djokovic took the opener, but Hurkacz fought back by clinching a high-quality second before the Serb's class told, sealing a 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-4 victory.

The number one seed will next face either Canada's rising teenage star Felix Auger-Aliassime or Ugo Humbert of France.

At 5-5 in a tough first set Djokovic scented blood, with Hurkacz slipping to 0-40 before battling back into the game only to send a desperate forehand narrowly long at the end of an extraordinary rally, handing the top seed the advantage.

Djokovic, earlier involved in a minor row with the umpire over the colour of his cap, subsequently closed out the set but was still stuck in second gear during the second, having to save a set point at 6-5 down.

The defending champion won the first point of the breaker against serve, but Hurkacz got back on terms with another stunning point before Djokovic dropped a double-fault to make it 2-1 to the Pole.

Djokovic dug deep but, with the Wimbledon crowd cheering the Pole on, Hurkacz improbably levelled the match at a set apiece by thumping home after sending his opponent wide with an excellent serve.

Hurkacz's level dropped thereafter, however, and Djokovic recovered his composure to find an extra gear and quickly blast his way through two rapid sets to assert his dominance and secure passage.


Novak Djokovic progressed into round three at Wimbledon, but Kyle Edmund and Stan Wawrinka were both dumped out on Wednesday.

Denis Kudla got the Centre Court crowd on side with some bright play and inventive shots against the defending champion, but Djokovic ultimately made light work of the Ukrainian-born American to win 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Edmund did not have the same luck earlier on Centre Court, however, as he gave up a two-set lead to lose 4-6 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-4 to Fernando Verdasco.

There was a bigger shock on No.2 Court, as Stan Wawrinka succumbed to a surprise defeat to American youngster Reilly Opelka.

Kevin Anderson got the better of Janko Tipsarevic, with teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime - seeded 19th - brushing aside Corentin Moutet, also in four sets.

Tenth-seed Karen Khachanov overcame a poor start to dispatch Queen's champion Feliciano Lopez 4-6 6-4 7-5 6-4, while Daniil Medvedev saw off qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 6-4 6-4.

Seeds Milos Raonic, David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut and Benoit Paire also booked their places in round three.


World number one Djokovic had four match points against Kudla as the 26-year-old rallied to push the Serbian all the way in the final game.

A stray return into the net finally ended Kudla's resistance, however, and Djokovic was content with another convincing display as he hunts a fifth Wimbledon title.

"I'm pleased with my game overall. There were some moments in the match when I could have done better but it was a solid performance overall," Djokovic said.

"Ambitions are high and I've been fortunate in my career to do so well in grand slams. I have to think only about the next challenge and take things one step at a time."



Edmund started well on Centre Court, breezing through the first two sets 6-4 6-4, but a knee injury derailed his performance.

And despite playing on after receiving treatment, Edmund could not hold off Verdasco, who fought back to secure victory over three hours and 43 minutes.

"I am a little tired. It's never easy to beat a player like Kyle," Verdasco told BBC Sport after his win. "The match was pretty complicated in the first and second set, and I was just trying to stay in the match and keep fighting, even if things weren't going my way but I was able to come back slowly point after point."



Wawrinka has not been beyond the second round at SW19 since 2015 and the 34-year-old Swiss took his early exit on the chin after Opelka consigned him to a 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 8-6 loss.

"I never said I was ready to win Wimbledon. I said that was my goal. I come every year with the challenge to play the best I can. I played in the quarter-final twice," said Wawrinka, who has won the other three majors.

"If not, I lost first round, second round. I know how tough it is to win a grand slam. I'm really happy with everything I've achieved all my career by winning three grand slams in the same era of the big four."

Novak Djokovic eased into the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory over Denis Kudla on Centre Court.

Kudla made defending champion Djokovic work in Wednesday's encounter, though the top seed clicked through the gears impressively to keep his opponent at arm's length.

After dropping three straight games at 5-0 in the first set, Djokovic, who won seven break points in total, redeemed himself with some delightful shots in the second.

Two breaks of serve put the four-time Wimbledon champion well in control in the final set, and though Kudla showed some late resistance – much to the joy of the crowd – Djokovic wrapped up the win to book a third-round meeting with Hubert Hurkacz.

Djokovic raced into a five-game lead in the first set, though his charge was stopped when Kudla held his serve before breaking.

Kudla followed that up by winning a third-successive game, but his opponent swiftly regained his composure to round off the set. 

A cheeky, through-the-legs drop shot from Djokovic almost caught Kudla cold in the second set, though the 26-year-old scampered to his right to win a point that ultimately proved fruitless as the world number one aced his next serve to win the set.

Having broken serve twice to take a 5-2 lead in the third set, Djokovic looked set to cruise home, but Kudla managed to stall the Serbian with some fantastic shots of his own.

Kudla's efforts finally proved in vain, however, when he clipped a tame return into the net on the fourth match point.


Novak Djokovic [1] bt Denis Kudla.6-3 6-2 6-2.

Djokovic - 37/18
Kudla - 22/22

Djokovic - 13/2
Kudla - 3/4

Djokovic - 7/13
Kudla - 2/5

Djokovic - 67
Kudla - 67

Djokovic - 80/54
Kudla - 55/28

Djokovic - 93
Kudla - 56

Novak Djokovic and Simone Biles have been named Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively.

ATP world number one Djokovic beat fellow nominees Lewis Hamilton, LeBron James, Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric and Eliud Kipchoge to claim the award for the fourth time – only Roger Federer has won it more.

The rejuvenated Serbian recovered from a loss of form and persistent elbow injury to win Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018, earning a return to the top of the rankings.

Djokovic said: "A Laureus Award is what every athlete wants to win, and this one is a huge honour for me. Being among so many sporting greats here tonight, and hearing about the inspirational work Laureus is doing around the world, gives this Award a special meaning for me.

"Last year was an incredible season for me, returning from injury to win Wimbledon and the US Open is something I'll remember forever. I am delighted and I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for their support."

Biles became the first woman to win a fourth all-around title at the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships.

The American claimed a record-breaking four golds – she has now amassed an unprecedented 14 at the worlds – in Doha and added one silver and a bronze.

Naomi Osaka received the World Breakthrough of the Year award after claiming her first grand slam title at the US Open, while Didier Deschamps accepted the prize for World Team of the Year on behalf of FIFA World Cup winners France.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was given the Lifetime Achievement award and Cesc Fabregas, Alessandro Del Piero, Luis Figo and Fabio Capello were among those to give him a guard of honour at the ceremony in Monaco.

Skiing great Lindsey Vonn received recognition for her illustrious career in the shape of the Spirit of Sport Award.

Novak Djokovic secured a record-breaking seventh Australian Open title in ruthless fashion on Sunday, dismantling Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3 in Melbourne. 

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