Roger Federer overcomes shaky start to join Grand Slam 100 club

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

In this Sunday, July 6, 2008 file photo Spain's Rafael Nadal left, shakes the hand of Switzerland's Roger Federer after winning the men's final on the Centre Court at Wimbledon.

Roger Federer won his previous match in 4 sets as he defeated Kei Nishikori from Japan.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have played each other 39 times in the past.

The victor will advance to the final, where he will face either Djokovic or Bautista Agut.

The semifinal between Federer and Nadal will be a clash of contrasting styles, which Broadbent suggests could serve up a modern classic. "To be back in that round playing at this level of tennis. now to play against Roger is always a unique situation".

They are followed by Jimmy Connors (98, US Open), Federer himself (97, Australian Open) and Serena, whose 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow American Alison Riske, on Tuesday, was her 97th victory at Wimbledon. Nishikori snatched seven of the opening eight points of the match to earn his early advantage.

Nadal earned his 32nd Grand Slam semifinal appearance with his win over Querrey, the third most among men in the Open Era after Federer (45) and Djokovic (36). "I go about it like every other match". Nishikori won the fourth game, before Federer won thee consecutive points to win the set. Nishikori won the ninth game.

He did have some trouble closing out the first set against Querrey, an American ranked 65th who was trying to reach his second Wimbledon semifinal.

"The beginning, " Federer said, "was brutal".

Bautista Agut, a first-time Grand Slam semifinalist, is supposed to be on the island of Ibiza right now, having a bachelor party with a half-dozen pals ahead of his November wedding.

"I am running less so I need to serve better. The way points were rolling and my decision making in combination with his great shot making was just a tough combination early on". But the Spaniard held his nerve in a tight opening set before breaking Querrey late to secure the first set. Again serving for that set at 6-5, he erased a trio of break points for Querrey before holding - and finally was on his way. The most recent match between these two players was last month at the French Open where Nadal won in straight sets.

"And that's not a knock on his current form-he's dropped just two sets in five matches, and both were the first set in matches he ended up winning comfortably-but instead an acknowledgment of how well Nadal is playing".

Nadal used a forehand victor to earn a 1-0 lead in the third set.

Djokovic used a 10-game run to transform what was shaping up as an even, entertaining quarterfinal into a lopsided romp. Querrey fired another ace to win the third game, before Nadal claimed the next three games to take a 5-1 lead in the set.

This should be an outstanding tennis match since Federer and Nadal are two of the greatest in the game.

"It's an incredible feeling because I doubted myself at the start of the tournament", said the Swiss. "He didn't play a warmup tournament coming in, so he's probably fresh and feeling good". He has essentially cruised through to the semifinals.

"Are you going to be able to play NY?"

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