Federer Records 100th Match Win At Wimbledon – Sets Semi-Final Clash With Nadal

LONDON, July 10, 2019

For the first time since 2007, the ‘Big 3’ of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have all made it into the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

Defending champion Djokovic, who has only lost one set on his way to the last four, needed just under two hours to record a 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 victory over David Goffin from Belgium on Centre Court.

“I’ve been playing [my] best tennis in this tournament in the last two rounds, fourth round and [quarter-final],” Djokovic said.

“Especially today second set and third set against Goffin, who was in form, I felt like I managed to dismantle his game and find always the right shots.

“Very pleased with the performance. This match could have gone different way. I was break down. He was the better player for most of the first set. But I managed to turn things around.”

The World No. 1 from Serbia will next face 23rd seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday after the Spaniard beat Guido Pella of Argentina 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Bautista Agut will appear in his first Grand Slam championship semi-final.

“I think I played a great tournament,” said Bautista Agut. “I was playing very good in the first week of the tournament. And today, it was a very difficult match. Guido Pella is a good opponent, has won really good matches this week [and] he was really tough to beat… I’m very happy.”

Federer to meet his old foe Nadal

Later in the afternoon, Federer, who won his first match at the All England Club as a 19-year-old in 2001, celebrated his 100th match win at Wimbledon by defeating Japan’s Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 36 minutes.

“It’s special… It’s been a lot of years I’ve been coming here. That’s given me the opportunity to win a lot, naturally. I didn’t think of it while I was playing today. Actually not at all, not once. Then as I’m signing, the guy says, ‘Congratulations for your 100,'” Federer said. “It’s nice, because if I look back at the hundred that have happened, some were so incredibly cool. Today again was a big match going into the semis [to face] Rafa, now that he won. A hundred wins here at Wimbledon. Who would have thought? I didn’t, for sure.”

Nadal eased past big-serving US-American Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to reach his seventh Wimbledon semi-final after two hours and seven minutes.

“[It’s] a great feeling to be back in the semi-finals, be able to be playing at this level of tennis… [I’m] very happy the way that we managed to be in that round,” said Nadal, who will face Federer for the first time at SW19 since their epic title match in 2008.. “Now to play against Roger always is a unique situation. Excited to be back on this court against him after 11 years. Means a lot for me and probably for him, too.

“Excited about this match, excited about this opportunity to be again in that round against him. Always I say the same: of course, the opportunities to play against each other every time are less, but we still here. After tomorrow we going to have another chance.”