Rafael Nadal is excited for the next chapter of his enduring rivalry with Roger Federer.
"You have to play the flawless point to win it against him", admitted a shell-shocked Goffin who described facing the Serb as facing a "wall".
"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.
Bautista Agut, whose previous best at Grand Slams was reaching the last eight at this year's Australian Open, has beaten Djokovic twice already this year in Qatar and Miami although he trails 7-3 overall.
Legend Supermac believes their last Wimbledon reunion - the 2008 men's final - was better than his 1980 humdinger with old foe Bjorn Borg.
It is easy to forget there is no silverware at stake on Friday, with the victor likely to play defending champion Novak Djokovic, the Serb who could eventually surpass both of them in the all-time Grand Slam title haul, in the final.
The Serb is chasing his fifth Wimbledon crown and fourth in six years. He's a great return player. "Eventually it's going to happen". Who cares? It's about how has he played so far, how have I played so far. Twelve years after they first made the Wimbledon semifinals together, here they are again... [But] it doesn't seem like it's happening on Grand Slams.
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"Number two, I'm not sure, were they as talented as Rafa, Novak, and myself and others?"
Of the trio, Federer was the only one to drop a set Wednesday.
A possible upset had looked on the cards after Nishikori came out firing and took the first set, but while being one of the most consistent players in the men's game he is still having problems cracking the top three at the biggest events.
But Centre Court is very much Federer's territory and the 37-year-old is looking as unsafe as ever. With his idol Rod Laver looking on from the Royal Box, Federer raised his level of play after looking less than sharp at the outset and cruised to a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory.
In the semifinals, Federer will face Nadal, who ousted Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. "Things could have gone a different way, who knows what the match would have looked like if I had lost the first set but I was very pleased with the second and third", Djokovic told BBC TV after his win.
Nadal began in the same vein here, leaping into the air when he broke the Querrey serve in the third game.
Afterward, Nadal was asked about the ways in which he and Federer had improved since their 2008 Wimbledon final and what explained their longevity atop the sport.
"If he (Nadal) wins this and wins the tournament, he's only one away".
"We had so much fun", Williams said.