Sabine Lisicki held her nerve to beat fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 2-6 9-7 in a gripping semi-final as she progressed to her first Wimbledon final.

The 23rd seed powered her way to the first set of today's second semi-final, but she then lost five service games in a row to put her chance of victory in danger.

The German lost the second set and went behind in the third, but she summoned the strength she used to defeat Serena Williams to see off Radwanska and set up a final against France's Marion Bartoli.

"It's unbelievable. The last few games were so exciting," said a smiling Lisicki.

"We were fighting, Agnieszka played so well throughout the match.

"It was a battle. I'm so happy to have won that.

"I fought with all my heart and believed I could still win no matter what the score was."

Lisicki was in a similar situation in her fourth-round match against Williams, winning in three after squandering a one-set lead.

"It was a little bit like that in the third set when I was down 3-0," Lisicki added on the BBC.

"I thought, 'Okay, you did it against Serena so you can do it today as well'.

"It gave me so much confidence. I'm so, so happy I was able to finish it.

"Wimbledon is my favourite tournament, I love it so much and I love being in England. I cannot believe I'm in the final."