Federer, Nadal ready for Wimbledon epic

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

And that's on hard courts, where Djokovic is at his best and in his last 50 matches at main level on outdoor hard he's held 87% of the time and won 74% of his first serve points, so RBA has done well against the Serb lately.

Setting records seemingly every time he steps on court, Federer became the first man in history to register 100 singles wins at a grand slam event with a 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory over an inspired Kei Nishikori. It will be their first meeting at the All England Lawn Tennis Club since the epic 2008 finals.

Aside from Andy Murray's two triumphs in 2013 and 2016, no player other than Federer, Nadal and Djokovic has won the tournament since Lleyton Hewitt did so in 2002.

"The men's competition has been a slow burner, to put it politely, but Nadal's semi-final against Federer will ensure it catches fire on Friday". Nadal's return game has never been better too.

His loss in Paris, which took place in what he described as "insane" windy conditions, was his heaviest at the Slams in 11 years.

"Well, we have a lot of information on Rafa, and so does he about us", Federer said.

"He's serving way different".

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has swept past David Goffin of Belgium in straight sets to storm into the semi-finals for the ninth time.

Nadal looks on top of his game and has breezed through the competition to reach the final four of the tournament.

Not only is Calvert releasing his victor and three confident prop picks, he's also including his best bets for the first semifinal featuring Novak Djokovic vs. Roberto Bautista Agut.

Bautisa Agut, a 31-year-old ardent baseliner, topped Djokovic in Doha, Qatar in early January and again in Miami in March after Djokovic won the Australian Open.

"He's got wonderful consistency I think with his shots".

Fortunately, though, that's not the case, and I think it's probably a match best watched. I think he's got more depth on his backhand.

A great clash for the fans and neutrals alike, it's also been a very good career series for "no tie breaks" backers, with only three tie break sets in the last 41 between Federer and Nadal on all surfaces. Semifinals of Grand Slam, going to try to use my experience in being in these kind of matches, get myself tactically prepared.

For the second straight year, all four of the men's semi-finalists are aged 30 or over.

37 years, 290 days - Serena Williams' age on Saturday, making her the oldest woman to play a Grand Slam final in the professional era - about a month older than Martina Navratilova was when she played the 1994 championship match at Wimbledon.

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