This was the first time Federer and Nadal faced off at Wimbledon since 2008 [Adrian Dennis/Reuters]

Roger Federer will face Novak Djokovic in a record-extending 12th Wimbledon final after overcoming longtime rival Rafael Nadal in an epic three hour semi-final.

The 40th career meeting, the first grasscourt duel between the two former world number ones in 11 years, swung both ways on Friday before Federer seized control to seal a 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

After edging a tense first set by taking the last five points of the tie-break, Federer was overpowered in a 36-minute second set as Nadal, reviving memories of his memorable 2008 final triumph over the Swiss, appeared to have wrestled control.

The eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer took the lead after

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