The third seed's 7-5 6-2 6-2 win was not straightforward but Nadal was more than good enough to continue the big three's domination by following Federer and Djokovic into the last four.
"We haven't played each other in a long, long time on this surface".
The duo of tennis gods played their second gentlemen's finals between each other at Wimbledon in 2007, as Roger Federer as the unprecedented "King of Grass" equaled Borg Bjorn's record of Wimbledon titles by defeating Rafa for the second straight time in the British lawn.
"It's great (to be facing Federer at Wimbledon again)", said 33-year-old Nadal whose recent 12th Roland Garros victory took him to 18 Slam titles.
"I'm happy to be playing Roger now because I think I'm in good shape now".
The Wimbledon 2019 men's singles semi-finals will begin at 05.30 pm IST, beginning with Novak Djokovic v Roberto Bautista Agut, followed by Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal. All I know is I can't wait to watch. "We're still here. So it's nice to play each other again".
"Kei came out with smashing return winners and I had to definitely make some adjustments", Federer said, adding that Nishikori was "the better player" through the first set.
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With the threat of darkness forcing a postponement overnight - the roof was not installed on Centre Court until the following year - Nadal claimed the crucial break to win 9-7 in the decider after four hours and 48 minutes.
He is in his 13th semi-final at the tournament and 45th at the majors.
I picked these two to get out to the semifinals at the start. "I tried everything", he said.
He also shattered Federer's dreams of an historic sixth successive Wimbledon trophy "I never thought I could win but to do so is a dream", said Nadal. In his dominant quarterfinals win against Sam Querrey, Nadal broke serve six times.
"I don't think it's a coincidence that they're both here". "Rafa is a deserving champion, he just played fantastic". Nadal has done so much right at this tournament, but one thing that sticks out is the way he's been attacking his opponents when they missed their first ball.
Nadal's knees are creakier, his hair thinner and the sleeveless tops and pirate trousers he wore as a 22-year-old tyro have been replaced by regular tennis attire. "He's playing also very different than he used to. So this has got so much importance historically as well as just a classic match-up between a lefty and a righty, their styles, everything about it is awesome". Semi-finals of a grand slam, I'm going to try to use my experience in being in these kind of matches, get myself tactically prepared.
"I'm just looking forward to enjoying Wimbledon and its beauty, and hopefully having some strawberries and cream". I had a really hard match and had to manage a lot of emotions on court.