Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will renew their long-standing rivalry on Friday when they meet in the semifinal of the ongoing Wimbledon.
The highly anticipated match will be the third time the Spanish and the Serb will be meeting at Wimbledon. The previous times being the 2007 semi-final when Nadal won as Djokovic retired injured and in the 2011 final when Djokovic gained revenge.
Both men have faced each other a total of 51 times, but not as deep into a Grand Slam since the 2014 French Open final.
“There is no one other match in the history of tennis that has been played more than our match. That’s a big thing,” said Nadal.
“We always played in important stages, important places.”
Speaking also ahead of the clash, Djokovic said: “I’m really not thinking about being an underdog or being a favourite.
“I just try to build the momentum. Obviously I’ve been very pleased with the way I’ve played so far on the grass court season.”
Nadal and Djokovic, who last met at a Grand Slam in the 2015 French Open quarter-finals, have won 29 Grand Slam titles between them, including five previous victories at Wimbledon.
They are on course to claim a 30th, as the winner will play either John Isner or Kevin Anderson in Sunday’s final.
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