For the first time since 2008, two players will meet on the pitch at the third Grand Slam in the year after all have won victories in the quarterfinals.
On July 10, Roger Federer had a Wimbledon quarterfinal match with Kei Nishikori. The quick play style of the Swiss player has met with resilient resistance from Japanese “Samurai”.
Unexpectedly came in the first game of the match when Federer lost the break quite easily. The 37-year-old struggles to keep the next delivery games. Nishikori plays hard and wins 6-4 in the first set.
Taking the bitter fruit in the first set, Federer competed more aggressively in the later set. His play on the net started to work. “Express train” wins the 6-1 gap in set 2. In the next 2 sets, Nishikori is not easy to surrender, causing many difficulties for Federer. However, the player who possesses 20 Grand Slam titles has shown the skill and experience to win with the score 6-4.
Winning against the front of Nishikori, Roger Federer for the 13th time reached the Wimbledon semi-finals and won the 100-match winner. He became the first player in history to win 100 matches in a Grand Slam tournament. Legendary Jimmy Connors ranked No. 2 when there were 98 wins at the US Open.
Federer’s opponent at the semi-final is none other than Rafael Nadal. No. 3 seed had a 3-0 victory (7-5, 6-2 and 6-2) in front of a nearly 2m tall American tennis player Sam Querrey. Although let the opponent launch to 22 serve the ball to score directly, Nadal still knows how to exploit weaknesses to get an advantage.
The Spanish player took advantage of Querrey’s 2 serve to counter-attack, scoring a score of 78%. Passing Querrey and Nadal for the seventh time into the Wimbledon semi-final, he also helped him become the first player to score at the ATP Finals – the tournament for eight outstanding male players of the year.
Nadal and Federer will have their 40th match against each other in their careers and the fourth in Wimbledon. Federer won two finals in 2006 and 2007, before losing to Nadal in the 2008 final – one of the matches going into the history of world tennis. Nadal is leading Federer 24-15 after 39 meetings, and he won the last match at the French semi-finals over a month ago.