After beating Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in five sets in their Wimbledon quarterfinal, Spain star Rafa Nadal is ready for Novak Djokovic in their semifinal on Thursday.
Having had to work hard for the 7-5, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-4 win over Del Potro, Nadal is looking to win his third Wimbledon title.
He has to turn the clock back to 2010 for the last time he won the biggest event on the tennis calendar, but standing in his way is a Serbian that is also looking to end his own drought.
Djokovic - a three time winner - last tasted victory in 2015 and of Friday’s semi, Nadal says: “It is always a big challenge to face Novak.
“He is one of the more complex players that I have ever seen in our sport, it is always a big test.
“You know that you can’t win against him if you don’t play very well.
“But my goal is to try to play very well.”
Meanwhile, 31-year-old Djokovic feels he is back to his best after recovering from a long-term injury that saw him sit out for eight months.
The Serb swept into his eighth Wimbledon semifinal with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Kei Nishikori.
And the 12-time Grand Slam title winner, seeded 12th for the tournament, says: "My results were not up to the standard that I had before.
"At the same time, I'm trying to use the experience and memories that I have of being in the final stages of Grand Slams, just take things very simple, day by day."