Roger Federer put to bed any injury concerns today dispatching Mikhail Youzhny 61, 62, 62 in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. The six-time Wimbledon champion struggling mightily with a back problem during a win Monday over Xavier Malisse. But today the Swiss showed no signs of injury in an emphatic win over the Russian whose wife just gave birth to a baby hours before his match.
“I’ve been playing well for a year now,” Federer said. “I’ve been playing well for many months. I’m happy that going ahead into the semis I’m not tired, I’m not injured, I’m not anything. I’m fresh and ready to go. That’s how I want to feel before a semis.”
However, next for Federer is Novak Djokovic. Federer leads their rivalry 14-12 but the Serb has been on top recently winning six of seven meetings from 2011. Federer, though, understands that’s he’s just six sets away and this is when he often plays his best tennis.
“Usually once I get to the semis, I’m playing some of my best tennis usually for the last couple rounds,” said Federer. “Obviously I’m aware that Novak is the defending champion and the world No. 1. That’s not going to make it easy to come through. That’s the focus now instead of taking it two steps at a time where I know I’m holding the trophy. I know it’s possible. I know I’m playing really well. I am aware things are going to get complicated in the next match. I better prepare well, because it’s going to be a tough match.”
Federer has never lost a Wimbledon semifinal match (7-0). He and Djokovic will play on Friday in their first ever grass meeting.
“Obviously things are not that drastic of a change anymore from clay, hard court, indoor, to grass,” Federer added. “But it is interesting that this is our first grass court match. I’m looking forward to it. I haven’t put too much thought into it, to be quite honest yet.”
Federer also dismissed any rift between he and Djokovic stemming from a 2006 Davis Cup tie.
“I was just upset at him calling the trainer out for no obvious reason against my buddy, Stan, in a five‑setter,” Federer said. ” That was it. We had a quick chat about it in Madrid after that, and things are cool since a long time between me and him. I’ve always respected him. Have I gone out for dinner with him? No. But had many meetings with him at the council, and then now with the Grand Slams. He’s been nice to work with. You know, we’ve met on several occasions because of other things together.
“Yeah, I have no issues with him, and I hope you believe me.”
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