Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal renew Wimbledon rivalry in men's semi-finals

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal renew Wimbledon rivalry in men's semi-finals

Nadal and Federer will play each other in Friday's semifinals. "I stay calm", said Federer, whose ability to stay ice cool under pressure seemed to be the only part of his game still functioning in the first set.

In Friday's last-four clash, Djokovic will play the seasoned Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who knocked out Argentina's Guido Pella 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to make the penultimate round of a major for the first time in his career.

SWITZERLAND'S Roger Federer hits a return to Kei Nishikori of Japan during their quarter-final. Now that they are in a similar situation but on a different court, Nadal opened up about the transition from clay to grass.

"Well, because he is very solid from baseline", said Bautista Agut.

"But I feel like I am very confident this week, playing good tennis".


The last time the Big Three of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played their Wimbledon quarterfinal opponents, they lost.

Not long after that ended on Centre Court, the No. 3-seeded Nadal finished off unseeded Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 at Court No. 1.

Nadal has also been playing exceptionally well as the Spaniard won the Italian Open and the French Open prior to arriving at Wimbledon. Rafa and Federer share one of the greatest rivalries in tennis meaning that this should be an outstanding match.

Said Federer: "Obviously, I know people always hype it up".

"They did that again in Paris this year [when Nadal won their semi-final in straight sets]". All I know is I can't wait to watch.


Lastly, Federer's victory is his 186th tour-level match win on grass, breaking a tie with Connors for the most such victories by a man in the Open Era (from 1968).

The two met in three straight finals between 2006-08, with Federer winning the first two before Nadal triumphed in a five-set epic widely considered one of the best matches of all time.

That gave Nadal a 24-15 career edge head-to-head, including 10-3 at the Slams.

"A fan told me congratulations on your hundredth win and I thought, oh yes, you're right!" Despite the lack of younger players progressing at this year's Championships, with Zverev, Tsitsipas and Thiem all losing in the first round, there is no doubt ticket holders will be relishing the chance to see two legends of the sport such as Nadal and Federer taking to court in the semi final. Last year, he was beaten in five sets by Djokovic in the semifinals. Part of what makes Federer so dominant on grass is the rhythm with which he plays-those quick, 45-second holds are an absolute essential part of the Federer on Grass experience.

The crowd sat dumbfounded as Nishikori despatched a delicate volley to break in the opening game and watched on bemused as the Japanese created another three break points in the third game and one more in the fifth.


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