Federer faces Nadal in Wimbledon semi-final

Federer faces Nadal in Wimbledon semi-final

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet at Wimbledon for the first time since the 2008 final after both advanced to the semi-finals.

Federer beat Kei Nishikori 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4 for his 100th match win at the All England Club, while Nadal beat Sam Querrey 7-5 6-2 6-2.

In 2008, Nadal won 9-7 in the fifth set against Federer in a rain-affected final that spanned nearly seven hours.

Together, they have won 10 Wimbledon titles between them.

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Four-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will face Roberto Bautista Agut in Friday’s other semi-final.

It is the first time for 12 years that Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have all made the last four.

“We have a lot of information on Rafa, as does he on us,” said eight-time champion Federer, who in beating Japanese eighth seed Nishikori became the first player in history to win 100 men’s singles matches at a single Grand Slam event.

“So you can dive into the tactics like mad for two days, or you say ‘it’s grass-court tennis so I’m going to come out and play my tennis’.

“People always hype it up. It was a joy to play against Rafa on his court at the French Open and [I’m] very excited to play him here.”

Spaniard Nadal said: “It’s great. It’s difficult to imagine again being in that situation.

“I’m excited to play against Roger again here at Wimbledon.”

 

Mayowa Oladeji

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