The 37-year-old Swiss can clinch a record-extending 21st major if he manages to break free of the world number one's stranglehold.
The 37-year-old eight-time champion — the third oldest Grand Slam finalist in the modern era – will be appearing in his 31st final at the majors.
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 was only four minutes longer than it took Roger Federer to defeat Alejandro Falla of Colombia in 2004.
Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer reached the last-32 of a Grand Slam for the 70th time as he disposed of British wild card Jay Clarke 6-1, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in the second round at Wimbledon on Thursday.
Wonder girl Coco Gauff continued her magical Wimbledon debut on Wednesday when she became the youngest player since 1991 to reach the third round.
It was easy to forget that Coco Gauff is still just 15 as she stood on the grass of Centre Court, pounding her chest and shouting, “Let’s go! Come on!” to celebrate a 32-stroke point that forced a third set
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are set to tighten their private stranglehold on Wimbledon as rivals struggle to keep afloat as they bid to dethrone the sport’s A-list stars.
Spectators at Wimbledon on Tuesday were surprised to see Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, watching a British wildcard competing on the lowly outside courts.
World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic equalled Boris Becker’s mark of 12 appearances in the Wimbledon fourth round on Friday despite a mid-match hiccup when he lost the second set in a tie-break. The four-time Wimbledon winner in the end defeated Poland’s Hubert