Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Most would’ve picked the usual conteders to make the latter stages of Wimbledon.

But not many people would’ve picked Roberto Bautista Agut to join the big three in the final four at SW19, including the man himself.

Bautista Agut surprised himself this week when he bested his previous record of reaching the fourth round in 2015 and 2017 when he advanced to the semi-final with a four-set win over Guido Pella.

So confident the 31-year-old wouldn’t be required in South West London that he’d organised his stag-do for his upcoming wedding to Ana Bodi Tortosa for this week.

“I had planned to be in Ibiza right now,” he said.

“We had everything organised already.

“My friends, six of them, are all there.

“It feels better to be here in London.”

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The prize for beating Argentinian Pella on Wednesday is a showdown with No.1. seed Novak Djokovic on Friday.

Bautista Agut, 31, revealed he now plans to fly his friends to the capital on Friday to celebrate his best Grand Slam achievement of his career.

Predominantly a clay-court specialist, the world No.13 negotiated his way through the draw beating well-known names such as Steve Darcis, Karen Khachanov, Benoit Paire and Pella.

In Dkjokovic however lay undoubtedly his toughest challenge yet, not that it phases Bautista Agut, who admitted it was an honour to be standing next to ‘the big three’ in the last four at Wimbledon.

“It feels good to be next to them,” he said.

“They are one of the best players in the tennis era.

“They are such good sportsmen, good tennis players.

“It feels very good to be next to them and to be part of the semi-final in this tournament.

“This year I was really really motivated to come here.

“I wanted to play a good tournament.

“Well, everything worked well.”