Federer relishing long-awaited Nadal Wimbledon showdown

Federer relishing long-awaited Nadal Wimbledon showdown

Eight-time champion Federer racked up his 100th match win at Wimbledon and reached his 13th semi-final with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Japan's Kei Nishikori.

He also advanced to the quarters at this year's French Open and Australian Open but has not been able to reach the last four since the 2018 U.S. Open.

However, 20-time Grand Slam title victor Federer roared back, levelling the quarter-final with breaks in the second and sixth games of a 22-minute second set.

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. Federer's game is less reliant on a big serve, but Nadal needs to take advantage of any break chances.

This year has seen a breakthrough though and he reached his first quarter-final at the Australian Open.

Stanley Kay: Grass is Federer's domain, and tactically he'll play aggressive by keeping points short and coming to the net. He broke to go up 4-3 after 33 minutes, then jogged to the sideline with a raised fist.

The Spaniard made a jaw-dropping start to his quarter-final as he won all 12 points during his first three service games.

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. "That's all. Probably will not change if I win, if I lose".

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The Argentinian, who eliminated last year's runner-up Kevin Anderson earlier in the tournament, came from two sets down to beat number 15 Milos Raonic 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 8-6.

Said Federer: "Obviously, I know people always hype it up".

Djokovic, who became the fourth man in the Open era to play 70 matches at Wimbledon, did to Goffin exactly what he does to so many opponents on so many surfaces and at so many tournaments: He takes their best shot, deals with it and then wears them down.

JL: I'm sticking with my original pick from the beginning of the tournament: Roger Federer. It's grass-court tennis and I'm going to come out there and play attacking tennis.' And if he can defend that, that's too good.

Bautista Agut, a first-time Grand Slam semifinalist, was supposed to be on the island of Ibiza right now, having a bachelor party with his friends before his November wedding.

"He was everywhere, " Goffin said.

"I know they haven't played here in a long time".

"But it was a good experience to play against such a strong opponent", he said of world No. 3 Federer, who claimed his 100th Wimbledon victory. "It's great for me because I get to sit here and just look".