Federer eyes 100th Wimbledon win in possible 40th clash with Nadal

Ross Houston
July 11, 2019

A 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Kei Nishikori gave the No. 2-seeded Federer his 100th match win at the All England Club, the first man to reach that total at any Grand Slam tournament.

Federer is also the oldest man to make the semis of a major since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.

It was the first Wimbledon quarter-final not featuring a top-20 player since a Polish duel between Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot in 2013 but for the Court One ticket holders it proved an enjoyable appetiser for twice champion Nadal's clash with American Sam Querrey on the same stretch of turf later.

Friday's semi-final will be the pair's 40th meeting and third at Wimbledon after Federer won the 2006 and 2007 finals before Nadal swept to his famous 2008 triumph.

And Federer's serve? Sure, he faced break points, but he never allowed Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, to convert another.

The remaining quarterfinal sees number 26 Guido Pella take on number 23 seed Roberto Bautista Agut. I'm just glad to be one of the guys who is 30 plus and to still be in that group who are getting this far.

The big three in men's tennis have all made it safely through to the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

Considering Berrettini won a title on grass in Stuttgart, Germany, last month, his implosion against Federer was a timely reminder if ever one was needed that the Swiss is peaking at the right time yet again. Two years ago in Melbourne, it was Federer. "He doesn't like when the ball bounces higher to his backhand", Djokovic said. Federer is the first player to win 100 matches at one Grand Slam tournament.

Other than that, I've won in straight sets and played really well throughout the tournament. "Literally every question in a different way, but it's the same question", Williams said after losing to top-seeded Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

"It was hard. The beginning was brutal - Kei came out smashing return winners and I had to make some adjustments trying to turn it around in that first set".

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.

JL: I'm sticking with my original pick from the beginning of the tournament: Roger Federer. "He was everywhere", said a shattered Goffin.

Nishikori visibly wilted, saving two break points in the fifth game of the fourth set before fatally cracking in the ninth.

"He started well and was dictating play from the baseline", 32-year-old Djokovic said of Goffin.

DR: I'm with Stan-he's got to put pressure on Fed's service games.

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