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Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal advance to semifinal

Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal advance to semifinal

While a repeat of that epic appears unlikely, few matches in recent years have whet the appetite as this upcoming semifinal.

However, based on service/return points won on grass during the same time period, and that same data across Wimbledon this year, Federer does have an advantage that should suggest the market pricing should be reversed, and, if I was forced to have a bet today, it would be Federer as an underdog here.

Nadal beat Querrey 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 despite his American counterpart firing 22 aces, compared to his 10 aces.

The duo of tennis gods played their second gentlemen's finals between each other at Wimbledon in 2007, as Roger Federer as the unprecedented "King of Grass" equaled Borg Bjorn's record of Wimbledon titles by defeating Rafa for the second straight time in the British lawn. "You can dive into all that stuff or say this is grasscourt tennis and just attack". [It is the] semi-finals of Grand Slam, [so I am] going to try to use my experience in being in these kinds of matches, get myself tactically prepared.

In Friday's first match at Centre Court, defending champion Novak Djokovic faces Roberto Bautista Agut, a Spaniard playing in his first Grand Slam semifinal.

Nadal's victory meant it was the first time more than one Spanish man had reached the Wimbledon semis in the same year. Nadal won the final two games of the set to take an early lead.

Federer is wary of the dangers presented by Nadal.

In this Sunday, July 6, 2008 file photo Spain's Rafael Nadal left, shakes the hand of Switzerland's Roger Federer after winning the men's final on the Centre Court at Wimbledon.

That includes 14 of the last 16 at Wimbledon.

"For all that the failure of the young pretenders to challenge the Big Three has been lamented, it has its upsides too given Nadal and Federer have not clashed in SW19 since that unforgettable tussle in 2008", he wrote.

Nadal looks on top of his game and has breezed through the competition to reach the final four of the tournament.

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Nadal has had the edge over Federer in their rivalry - one of the greatest tennis rivalries of all time.

"Kei is a great returner", Federer said.

If forced to identify a favorite, Nadal gets the slightest nod. But, Federer had won the six previous matches. And that's not a knock on his current form-he's dropped just two sets in five matches, and both were the first set in matches he ended up winning comfortably-but instead an acknowledgement of how well Nadal is playing. He has been just terrific in this tournament.

In his road to the semifinals, the third seed, Rafael Nadal wrestled against Nick Kyrios in the second round.

"The opportunities to play against each other are becoming less, but we still here".

Tignor expects Federer to up his game against Nadal, who has looked imperious so far in this tournament. Federer finished him off in the set with a forehand volley victor. That's certainly going to give him confidence coming into the match. Federer and Nishikori went back-and-forth in the third set.

Williams said she enjoyed appearing in front of the media alongside the two-time men's champion at the All England Club because much of the focus was on Murray and his chances of returning to singles.

There's very little to separate the two rivals but bookmakers lean towards Nadal.

It was and remains the Spaniard's only win over Federer on grass.

Odds on the match to be decided in three or four sets are 6/4, while a five-setter is now at 9/4.


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