Wimbledon: Federer To Face Nadal In Semi-Final

Roger Federer and long term rival, Rafael Nadal, will face each other in Wimbledon semi-final, after both players won their respective last eight matches.

 

It would be the first time both players would face-off at the tournament since 2008.

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 rainy final that lasted for almost seven hours.

Both tennis greats have won 10 Wimbledon titles between them. The Swiss has won eight titles, while Nadal is chasing his third trophy.

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

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

“We have a lot of information on Rafa, as does he on us,” Federer said after his victory.

“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.”

Ahead of the tie, the Spaniard also 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.”

The 20 Grand Slam singles winner, who will turn 38 in twenty-five days time, becames the oldest man to make a Grand Slam semi-final since Jimmy Connors in 1991, who at 39 years and six days, reached the last four at the US Open.

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