Roger Federer overcame his semi-final hoodoo against Novak Djokovic to book his place in a record eighth WImbledon final as he looked to seal his return to the summit of mens tennis.
The six-time winner had played Djokovic at the semi-final stages five times in the last seven grand slams, with the Serbian winning three, but they had never previously met on grass.
Federer could now overtake Djokovic as the world number one should he Wimbledon for a seventh time and he certainly came out the more aggressive as he powered to the first set in just 24 minutes.
The Swiss ace lost the second set but quickly rediscovered his best form and was eventually able to sec a 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3 victory to set up a final against either homes favourite Andy Murray or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Djokovic produced a number of unforced errors in each set and it was the extra aggression of Federer that seemed to cause the world number on problems throughout the match.
Federer secured his first break of serve in the sixth game as he converted his very first break point and never really looked in any trouble on his owen serve.
Djokovic immediately responded in the second set as he broker Federer in just the second game and managed to hold his serve throughout the remainder of the set to square things up.
This was the first time that Federer had lost a set in a Wimbledon semi-final but it clearly did not shake his confidence and he went on to produce yet more scintillating tennis in the next two sets.
Serving to stay in the set at 5-4, Federer was able to earn a set point and converted in emphatic fashion with a smash that seemed to declare that he was destined to make another final.
In the fourth set he raced into a 3-0 lead and there was to be no comeback from Djokovic who forced Federer to serve out for the match, which he did with relative ease.
"Obviously, I'm ecstatic, I'm so happy. I played a great match. It has been a tough tournament for me. I was able to play some fantastic tennis," said Federer after the match as he looks to win a 17th Grand Slam title.