Federer Sets Up Nadal Wimbledon Blockbuster

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Roger Federer to face Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon semi-finals

Federer set for 40th career meeting with Rafael Nadal for the first time at Wimbledon since their 2008 classic

The great Swiss brought up a century of victories at Wimbledon. He now faces a blockbuster semi-final clash with old foe Rafael Nadal. Federer is the first man on the ATP Tour who has won 100 Wimbledon singles matches at the SW19.

The ever elegant and ageless Swiss great is rightly considered as one of the best sportsmen ever. He is looking to win his ninth Wimbledon title. He currently holds the most Grand Slams (20) by any man in the Open Era.

Federer Defeats Nishikori In The Quarter-final

On Wednesday evening, Federer shook off a nervy start, coming from a set down to defeat Japan’s Nishikori 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4, while Nadal eased past big-serving American Sam Querrey 7-5 6-2 6-2.

He made it through to his 45th Grand Slam semi-final as he stayed on course for a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title, but if he is going to do that he will more than likely have to beat both Nadal and world No 1 Novak Djokovic. Considering the fact that the Swiss maestro is nearly 38 years old, it’s a tall order. However, Roger has aged like fine wine and continues to dismantle young opponents with considerable ease.

Oldest Man To Reach Semi-Finals

At 37 years and 340 days, Federer has become the oldest man to reach the semi-finals at a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open as he became the first man to reach 100 wins at the All England Club and is in his 13th last-four clash.

Federer dropped a set for just the second time this tournament as Nishikori cashed in on some wayward hitting. But then the Swiss came to the party with some stunning accuracy and depth allowing the number two seed to level things up in just 23 minutes.

The writing was on the wall for Nishikori when Federer eventually got the breakthrough to go 5-4 up before he saw out victory with ease in two hours and 36 minutes.

Federer’s victory means that Wimbledon will once again play host to one of the sport’s greatest rivalries against his old foe Nadal for a place in Sunday’s final.

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Head To Head

Nadal will face Federer, against whom he has a 24-15 winning record. The Swiss enjoys a 2-1 record on grass.

The duo have not met at the All England Club since their titanic tussle in the 2008 final, when Nadal outlasted Federer over five thrilling sets that finished in the late evening gloom.

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