Eleven years since they produced one of the greatest matches in history, the paths of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal cross once again at Wimbledon. Nadal finished the American off by winning the final three games to win the second set.
9-7 as the clock ticked past 9pm and with the famous stadium in near-darkness.
Friday's affair will be the first time the two legends-total Grand Slam singles titles: 38-have met here since Nadal, clad in a sleeveless shirt and capri trousers, won that epic match on a dimly lit Centre Court. Nadal, though, has looked dominant at Wimbledon, dropping only one set.
Mostly, that's due to his age as well as the desperate need to protect his creaking knees which so often conspired against him on the low-bouncing lawns of the All England Club.
"I know that I have to play my best". You can also bet Nadal to win in straight sets at +350 and Federer to win in straight sets at +500, among many wagering options.
"I am serving better".
Historically, Nadal's strength has been his relentless defence and his ability to draw out forced errors from his opponents, but to this he has added razor-sharp attack, which is typified by his flat, powerful backhand crosscourt winners that he has hit from inside the court.
For the fourth time in a row, Nadal is favored over Federer in a Grand Slam match.
Djokovic has reached the semis having dropped one set and been broken only five times in five matches and was delighted with how this match unfolded.
He is in his 13th semi-final at the tournament and 45th at the majors.
With it, he became the first man to win 100 singles matches at Wimbledon - a mark Federer said he was unaware of until asked about it afterward.
"For all that the failure of the young pretenders to challenge the Big Three has been lamented, it has its upsides too given Nadal and Federer have not clashed in SW19 since that unforgettable tussle in 2008", he wrote.
His loss in Paris, which took place in what he described as "insane" windy conditions, was his heaviest at the Slams in 11 years.
"He's serving way different".
"I think it was the turning point; it was a huge relief for me mentally". They arrived at Wimbledon with 53 Grand Slam titles among them - 14 earned at Wimbledon.
Federer won the 2006 and 2007 finals before Nadal claimed the 2008 title in a five-set epic.
Top seed Novak Djokovic recovered from an edgy start with a devastating display that crushed the spirit of 21st seeded Belgian David Goffin in straight sets yesterday and sent the defending champion surging into the Wimbledon semi-finals.
The 32-year-old Serb was at his clinical best as he soaked up the early punches, then imposed himself in every aspect as Goffin, 28, was left flailing on Centre Court.
However, the unheralded Spaniard, who had to cancel plans for his stag party in Ibiza as a outcome of his run to the semi-finals, has defeated Djokovic twice in 2019, in Doha and Miami.
For me, this is partially about how RBA handles the occasion, and if he does that successfully (where the likes of Berrettini didn't) he's got a set in him and the 3-1 to Djokovic appeals at 3.75.
"If you're nearly clocking 140 (miles per hour) serves, you should be rewarded a little bit more probably".
"The ball bounces lower on the grass, which is I think more suitable to his style of game".