Welcome to the Evening Standard live coverage of the 9th day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet for the first time at Wimbledon from their 2008 epic final Friday.
The two will battle for a place in the final of this year where they will face the defending champion Novak Djokovic or the Wimbledon semi-finalist for the first time, Roberto Bautista Agut.
In fact Bautista Agut, 31, is in this Major phase for the first time ever, while Djokovic is the favorite to be crowned king of SW19 for the fifth time.
Stay tuned to Standard Sport for the whole action …
Calm Williams in the right state of mind for the Slam record offer
The 24 is on and, for Serena Williams, the chance to match Margaret Court in the record book.
And on Saturday, the 37-year-old former No. 1 will have a third attempt to emulate that number for the Grand Slam singles titles.
Twice, she was on the precipice in the finals before losing in direct series: against Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon last year and then when she faced Naomi Osaka at the US Open, winning only six games on each occasion.
Martina Navratilova, fifth on the list of all time with 18 singles titles, suggested that the combination with the results obtained by Court had worked like a millstone for Williams.
"History can get in the way," he suggested, as Williams reached the final after a one-way semi-final against Barbara Strycova, "although she is pushing Serena to continue playing.
"If he broke the record or wasn't so close, I wonder if he would play again. And she didn't play her best tennis in the final ones. History can help but it can also hinder".
Williams, however, appears to be in pole position, Halep has only won one of the previous 10 matches and that lonely victory in the round of the WTA Championship in 2014 was gutted as quickly and brutally as the final of the same event that just had the chance to resonate.
Williams made no secret of how Andy Murray helped in his quest to get to this point. Playing alongside a male partner and against male opponents has forced him to increase his power play, which has been remarkable in these leagues.
Williams first stumbled into historical pursuits. At the time of winning the 18th Grand Slam singles title to match Navratilova and Chris Evert, he lost respectively in the fourth, second and third rounds of the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon.
Thinking back to that point, two-time Grand Slam champion Tracy Austin suggested that Williams put too much pressure on herself – and again at Wimbledon a year ago.
"Last year he was returning to a child and he wasn't 100% fit," Austin said.
"But now it's stuck and it's really incredible to watch. If Serena sounds like her, it will be tough for Simona."
For Williams, c & # 39; s the added importance of winning a first Grand Slam since the birth of his daughter, in September 2017.
"I thought about it this morning," Williams said of the magic number, "but I didn't really think about it because it's not 24 or 23 or 25.
"It's just about going out there and making the best effort, no matter what.
"Being in the final ones last year was incredible. Now I'm in a different place. I'm calmer."
A calm Williams seems to be very powerful in this quest for 24.
Center Court (from 13:00)
- (1) Novak Djokovic v (23) Roberto Bautista Agut
- (3) Rafael Nadal v (2) Roger Federer
The rivalry resumes …
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal face each other in the semifinals, their first meeting at the All England Club since their classic 2008 final.
Nadal won that 9-7 game in the fifth set. It was the revenge of the Spaniard, who lost the previous two finals to Federer at the Championships in south-west London.
Federer is an eight-time Wimbledon champion, while Nadal has won two All England Club titles.
Oh dear. Hoyt / Silva lost their break and went to a tie break second to Dodig / Chan.
The good news is that they made a good start, bringing the score to 4-0, and excluding the aspect of a monumental collapse that brought this match to a decisive set.
On the verge
Brilliant fight from Hoyt / Silva in the second set. They are a break and carry the 5-2.
Can they do the job and force a final set?
Hoyt / Silva lose the first set
An agonizing defeat in the first set with Dodig / Chan winning three games in a row to seal the first set 7-5.
Can the British save anything from this game?
It is very close to the No 2 field with Hoyt / Silva 5-4 up with service.
There is a large crowd waiting to watch these two, which have been shown for a bright future in British double tennis.
Svitolina focuses on the positive aspects after the Wimbledon semi-final defeat
Elina Svitolina says she will take the positive aspects from her race to the last four Wimbledon after losing in sets to Simona Halep.
The 24-year-old became the first Ukrainian to reach this stage of a Major, but fell short at Center Court after a 6-1 defeat, 6-3 against Romanian.
Svitolina climbed on the board with a brief counter-attack but it was Halep who took control of the set from then on, her extra attacking abilities, especially her forehand along the line, giving her the advantage.
It took six set points to cross the line, but in the end he did it with a winner by right and, having broken 4-3 in the second set, he didn't look back.
Svitolina declared that the beginning of the game set the tone, saying: "I didn't take my chances, it was disappointing: in the beginning, you want to play well, you want to make a statement that you are there for the fight .
"But I think he played incredible today: he was moving really well, hitting the ball perfectly, it's a little my way of making bad decisions in some important moments, and then his incredible way of playing that made the score like this ".
The Ukrainian will leave the All England Club with positive feelings, however, after its best slam race.
"If someone told me I would play the semi-finals at Wimbledon, I'm not sure I would really believe it," he said. "I am certainly disappointed, but many things to do, many memories."
Here we are then.
It's time to Evan Hoyt is Eden Silva bring the British torch in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles against Ivan Dodig and Latisha Chan.
The couple is about to start on the field n. 2.
Halep: reaching the Wimbledon final is "the best moment of my life"
Simona Halep described her first Wimbledon final as one of the best moments of her life as she prepares to face Serena Williams.
The seventh seed, which will assist Serena Williams on Saturday, produced a beautiful demonstration to beat Elina Svitolina 6-1 6-3 in just an hour and 13 minutes and become the first Romanian woman to do the singles showpiece at # 39; All England Club.
Speaking to the BBC after leaving Center Court, Halep said: "It's an incredible feeling, I'm very excited and nervous, it was one of the best moments of my life".
It will be the fifth final of Halep's Grand Slam and will arrive just over a year after winning its first major title on the fourth attempt at the French Open.
It was a particularly proud moment for her mother Tania, 27, with Halep who said: "I talked to my mom after the game, about 10, 15 years ago she said that her dream is (for Halep) to play the final in Wimbledon because everyone is here, the Royal Box.
"So today his dream came true, I'll play a final, he's really special right now, being able to play at Wimbledon is really amazing, I'm sure to have fun."
Halep has won only one of his previous 10 games against Williams, but few have been one-way and their fourth round at the Australian Open in January was one of the best of the year.
"I played many games against her," he said. "Many of them were very close, now, if I face it, I will believe I have a chance to win.
"Of course, I respect very much what he did and what he is doing, but now I feel stronger in front of her, it's just a big challenge for me."
Soares and Melichar are out!
The pair lost in direct series on Middelkoop and Yang, losing 6-4, 6-3.
On the Court n. 1, the best seeds in mixed doubles could get you in trouble.
Bruno Soares is Nicole Melichar, who beat Andy Murray and Serena Williams, lost the first set 6-4 to Matwe Middelkoop and Tsung-hua Yang.
Now, that could be the end of the action of singles today. But we'll keep an eye on the mixed doubles in about half an hour.
This is because the British duo Evan Hoyt is Eden Silva they are in action as they face Ivan Dodig and Latisha Chan, seeds number 8, in the quarter-finals.
So to confirm for you, Simona Halep They will meet Serena Williams in the Wimbledon women's singles final on Saturday.
It is the 32nd edition of the Grand Slam for Serena, a fifth for Halep.
This promises to be an electrifying game. It's the first time they meet in a Grand Slam final.
On Simona Halep, her opponent in Saturday's final:
"It's tough, he played incredible today (against Elina Svitolina).
I played on the grass and it was always a difficult game. I don't see the time to do it. "
Serena: "I love what I do"
"It's nice that you know (getting to the final), especially after my year, it's definitely nice to be back in the final.
"I had decent games and every game I know I'm getting better, I just needed to feel good and now that I feel good, I just do what I do best with tennis.
"I like what I do, I wake up every morning and play sports, in front of a crowd of people, not everyone can do it and if I break it, I have a great job. An extraordinary experience every time."
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The results on Thursday
Single female, Semifinal
Serena Williams (11), United States, final Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-2.
Simona Halep (7), Romania, final Elina Svitolina (8), Ukraine, 6-1, 6-3.
Men's double, semi-final
Nicolas Mahut, France and Edouard Roger-Vasselin (11), France, final Ivan Dodig, Croatia and Filip Polasek, Slovakia, 6-2, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2).
Robert Farah, Colombia and Juan Sebastian Cabal (2), Colombia, final Michael Venus, New Zealand and Raven Klaasen (3), South Africa, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-4.
Mixed doubles, quarter finals
Matwe Middelkoop, Netherlands and Zhaoxuan Yang, China, final Bruno Soares, Brazil and Nicole Melichar (1), United States, 6-4, 6-3.
Kveta Peschke, Czech Republic and Wesley Koolhof (5), Netherlands, final Artem Sitak, New Zealand and Laura Siegemund, Germany, 6-1, 6-2.
Ivan Dodig, Croatia and Latisha Chan (8), Chinese Taipei, final Eden Silva, Great Britain and Evan Hoyt, Great Britain, 7-5, 7-6 (5).
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