However, the match will only start after the end of the semifinal match between Novak Djokovic and Robert Bautista Agut. "First set, he was still probably managing his nerves and he made some uncharacteristic unforced errors".
He found his own motivation in the third set and rolled to the victory, clearing the stage for the 40th edition of Federer vs. Nadal and only their fourth meeting at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer is within one set of reaching a record-extending 12th Wimbledon final.
World number one and defending champion Djokovic now stands between the 37-year-old Federer, the oldest finalist at the All England Club since Ken Rosewall in 1974, and a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon title which will also seal a record 21st Grand Slam. Djokovic won 14 of the next 18 points while pulling out to a 3-0 lead - and he didn't need to produce much magic to do so.
Djokovic has been in fine form, losing only set thus far, to Polish 22 year old Herbert Hurkacz, who provided a stern challenge.
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. He's arguably the top Wimbledon player of all time, entering this match an astonishing 100-12 in this tournament with eight titles, the most recent coming in 2017.
Djokovic, meanwhile, sarcastically encouraged fans to get louder after he dropped the second set of his 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 semifinal victory against Roberto Bautista Agut. "It was a joy to play today". After breaking early, he held the advantage to level the match.
"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".
Expect the Spaniard to give it all he has like he always does, but Djokovic to make his way to another major final, in three well-fought sets.
Nadal dug deep to hold, and in the tie-break that followed the Spaniard found the corner to win a remarkable opening point and go the mini-break up.
Nadal emerged triumphant that day, winning in five sets in a four-hour 48-minute epic of fluctuating fortunes that stretched out over seven hours because of constant, momentum-shifting rain interruptions.
It is the first time the Swiss legend has beaten Nadal in a Grand Slam semi-final having lost all four of their previous encounters, most recently at this year's French Open.