Federer, Nadal On Brink Of Wimbledon Semifinal Wednesday; Djokovic Looks Good
by Staff | July 9th, 2019, 6:39 pm
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The Big 3 are back in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for a fifth time, but only one have they made the semifinals together before – 2007.

That’s likely to change on Wednesday when the trio return to the courts for quarterfinal play as they come in sizzling – Djokovic, Federer and Nadal dropped just 19 games between them in their round of 16 matches.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic will open play against David Goffin. The Belgian is appearing in his first Wimbledon quarterfinal, third at a Slam, and but Djokovic in their last meeting at Monte Carlo two years.

But Djokovic is soaring, having dropped just one set and having won his last 11 matches at Wimbledon. Goffin is bidding to become the first Belgian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Malisse at 2002 Wimbledon.

“We’ve never faced each other on grass,” Djokovic said of Goffin. “I definitely have to prepare myself for that, do some analysis. I think grass is quite suitable to his style of the game. He’s one of the quickest players on the tour. I think his footwork is probably his biggest asset. He manages to get himself in the right positions, he is balanced on some shots that most of the other guys aren’t really balanced.”

After getting shunned to Court 1 for his quarterfinal last year in a loss to Kevin Anderson, Federer is back on center to test Kei Nishikori. The Japanese is down 7-3 to Federer but ended a 6-match losing skid to the Swiss in London last fall.

“I’m sure that I have to play good tennis to beat Roger, because he’s best player on the grass. I think he seems to be playing good this week, last two weeks,” said Nishikori.

“I’m sure it’s going to be tough, but I feel like I am very confident this week, playing good tennis.”

On Court 1, the surprise pairing of Guido Pella and Roberto Bautista Agut will produce a new Grand Slam semifinalist. Bautista Agut. who hasn’t dropped a set all event, leads the Argentine 2-0.is the first
Wimbledon men’s singles quarterfinal with no Top 20 players since No. 24 seed Jerzy Janowicz defeated unseeded Lukasz Kubot in the last 8 here in 2013.

Bautista Agut has spent 6 hours 48 minutes on court – just one minute more than Federer, who has spent the least time on court of the 8 quarterfinalists here. By contrast, Pella has spent the most time on court of the 8 quarterfinalists – nearly 6 hours longer than Bautista Agut – and has battled through 2 five-set clashes to each his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

“It’s a very nice feeling, because seriously, I never thought that I was going to do a quarterfinals in a Grand Slam,” Pella said Monday. “So it is a great feeling for me. It’s a great feeling that I feel support from the crowd and that that feeling is massive. So I will try to keep doing my best.

“I have a very tough match in the next round, but I will keep fighting, keep playing, and if I can have some chances, maybe I will take it.”

And then in maybe the best match of the day, Nadal will take on American bomber Sam Querrey. Querrey has blasted 100 aces and while he’s 4-1 down to Rafa, he beat the Spaniard to win 2017 Acapulco the last time they played.

“It’s going to just get harder and harder,” Querrey said of Rafa. “It’s his least favorite place of the slams and he’s finaled it five times. And he’s been rolling through guys.

“It’s going to be tough. I’m going to have to serve incredibly well, take my chances when I get them, and, you know, hopefully I can have a good day out there.”

Querrey has a history of big wins at Wimbledon including beating Djokovic, Andy Murray and this year No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem. This will be his first battle against Nadal on grass.

“He’s never just given a match away,” Querrey added. “People who beat him, you know, he makes you earn points against him. Which is tough, especially when you look out over a three-out-of-five set match that, Hey, I’ve got to try hard and hit good shots every single point.”

Should the Big 3 win, that will be the 13th time they have reached the semifinals at a Slam including the French Open last month, which was the first time that all 3 had reached the semifinals at a Grand Slam since 2012 French.

WIMBLEDON WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
Novak Djokovic v David Goffin
Kei Nishikori v Roger Federer

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
Guido Pella v Roberto Bautista Agut
Sam Querrey v Rafael Nadal


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63 Comments for Federer, Nadal On Brink Of Wimbledon Semifinal Wednesday; Djokovic Looks Good

Giles Says:

Lol. Looks like another cake walk for fed. Kei is battling a cold!!


Freddy Says:

What a choke job from Goffin.


Daniel Says:

Goffin broke Djoko and it was a wake up call, now Goffin was broken 2 straight times, 3-0 Djoko. Seems the tough beginning of the match is gone and Djoko will run away possibly in straights, easier than many thought.

Agut also close a tough set and is already BP’s up in 2nd.


Daniel Says:

8 straight games for Djoko, 5-0. Match pretty much over. Can not see Goffin winning 3 straight sets against a pretty solid Djoko.


Daniel Says:

Djoko relaxed going DTL at will now.


FedExpress Says:

lul

Mental midget this Goffin guy


Daniel Says:

Bagel Novak.

Goffin needs to hold again, he lost serve 5 straight times now and this is messing up with his head even more.

Agut also a break up in second set, but Pella is like a terrier and doesn’t leave the bone.


Daniel Says:

Agut 2-0 up and if he closes in three he will reach semis without dropping a set, plus the 2 victories over DJoko this year could be a tricky match.

But even so, what I see today, to me Djoko is in finals.


Daniel Says:

Djoko broke to close all 3 sets.

1st of Big 3 done his part. Now Fed than Nadal. Epic semifinal clash looming.


skeezer Says:

Djoker looked really good, real good. Post interview impressive also: relaxed, confident, no stress in his mannerisms. He is the odds on favorite to win another Wimpy for sure.


Daniel Says:

Damm, Nihiskori with 2 return winners in opening game. Break


FedExpress Says:

Wtf is Federer doing

Again 0-30 down


Daniel Says:

Awful start by Fed bar one return winner


RZ Says:

Murrena/SerAndy about to lose to Soares-Melichar. Down 2 breaks in the 3rd set.


Daniel Says:

3 BPs saved. Import hold here as Key started 5th gear


skeezer Says:

Yeah Fed of to a tough start. C’mon he’s old, the engine sometimes takes awhile longer to start. We’ll see if he can pick it up.


skeezer Says:

Down 0-40, one point away from 0-3, Fed comes back and holds. Gotta be a little confidence booster.


Daniel Says:

Federer didn’t win a single second serve point so far out of 6, bizarre. Could have broken back already


Daniel Says:

and Kei with 3 return winners “forcing” this DF by Fed. He needs a clean service game next. 30-30 this one already threatened


Daniel Says:

3rd DF, fear


Daniel Says:

Finally winning 2nd serves points, 40-40


skeezer Says:

Nishi is not a big server. So there should be no fear there…..
Hopefully he’ll start stepping in in the return more and out some pressure on Nishi’s serve.


Daniel Says:

Nishikori serving bad, 45% 1st serves in but he is 9/12 in 2nd serves points won. If Federer can’t win second serves points gonna be difficult.

And he knows that!


Daniel Says:

Agut through semis. Who would have thought? But this side of the draw was totally opened.


RZ Says:

@Daniel – nice to see a hard worker and no-fuss player like RBA make the semis. Good for him.


Madmax Says:

Well, I think this shows Fed’s nerves, I do. I was listening to an interview by Kei yesterday. He sounded supremely confident. A different Kei and I think he is believing in himself more.

Let’s see.

Federer needs to wake up and get into God mode.


jatin Says:

He has Now Madmax ;)


jatin Says:

Fed in Full flow now.


Daniel Says:

As soon as Fed start winning seocnd serve points (75%) in second set, the breaks came.


skeezer Says:

Yo Daniel, we called it lol


Madmax Says:

We need God Mode, absolutely Jatin. Sure thing Skeeze! Come on Daniel! Let’s go.


FedExpress Says:

Federer the better player in this set

Multiple Chances to break

Another one now


Daniel Says:

Querrey broke Nadal saving 3 Set Points for 5-5 but was broken right after. Nadal will serve the set again. Should have made 6-5 to test Nadal’s nerve.


Madmax Says:

Hi Daniel,

You are multi tasking! Cannot even think about the Querry v Nadal match right now. Need Roger to bring it on, and get this match under his belt!

Come on Fed!


Madmax Says:

Come on Roger!


jatin Says:

What a backhand by Fed. Insane stuff


Madmax Says:

Daniel,

I don’t think there is anyone who believes that Querry is going to take Nadal to the limit. He just does not have the movement nor the skill set as Rafa, but he has that iron will that he could push him. And may be that is all that is needed.

In the Meantime, Novak, must just be sitting down watching these matches on a dual screen, whilst changing his babies dipers, having the most relaxing afternoon ever!

It’s a crazy life.


FedExpress Says:

Nishi holds again after saving BPs.

Federer, break him.


Madmax Says:

Come Fed, keep up the heat.

This is high level, but nerve wracking too.


jatin Says:

Fed missing a lot of BP chances.


jatin Says:

Meanwhile Rafa is 2 games away from taking the 2nd set. We are getting closer to possible Fedal.


jatin Says:

Comon Roger. Break him


jatin Says:

FINALLY:)


jatin Says:

Congrts fed and fellow fad fans, Madmax, Daniel, Skeezer, Fed Express, He is in another Semi finals :)

We are nearing Fedal. It would be a Blockbuster with hopefully Fed winning in the end.


FedExpress Says:

Yep jatin.

I hope Federer gets his revenge for RG


Madmax Says:

You got it Jatin!

Just listened to his off court interview. So calm, so gracious. Said Kei was the better player at the start, and he is excited to potentially play Rafa in the SF. We are the ones who will hype this up, but I cannot wait. Cannot Wait Jatin. It’s in the stars.

And there is Novak, just waiting…but who knows, cannot imagine that Agut will beat Novak, Novak is a different animal this year.

Daniel, have to congratulate you here, you said that Federer would step it up a level this second week, and he will do the same in the SF, it’s so, so exciting!


Daniel Says:

Kei was good enough to have 1 break in the first game, but Federer broke his serve several times.

Also watching parts of Nadal match, Querrey did broke him and have multiple Bps in at least 4 or 5 other games. Meaning, Federer will fare better in semis. But Nadal’s return os also great, it will depend on how well Federer is serving.

Can’t believe we are a few games for another Fedal at Wimbledon 11 tears later.

And the Big 4 will maintain their domination in tennis most prestigious tournament, no way Agut beats Djoko and than one of Fedal in finals.

In 4 days it will be either:
21 / 18 / 15
20 / 19 / 15
20 / 18 / 16


Daniel Says:

Yeah madmax,

I am liking that Federer is driving his BH a lot, on return and during rallies. That will be key to attack Nadal’s FH opening the court.


RZ Says:

That win was Fed’s 100th match victory at Wimbledon.


Giles Says:

Well done Champ! Vamos!
Hey skeezer. What were you saying about Sam Querrey?? Lolol


skeezer Says:

All time records still piling up for the Maestro. Congrats Fed! Well played against a Nishi in form.
——
Meanwhile Querry played like crap


Daniel Says:

There is a sense of destiny this Wimby for Fed: his 21st Wimbledon appearance and going for his 21st Slam. And he will have to do it beating his 2 nemesis back to back on the biggest stage avenging losses in finals last 2 times he played them here: Nadal 2008 and Djoko 2015. All that at 37 1 month shy from 38, could be his greatest Slam win ever and potentially cementing the GOAT debate for good. 6 Slams away from Djoko is almost unreachable and 3 for Nadal, who is only winning RG last 2 years at 33 will be a tall order to reach also.

The semi match is huge for Fedal (match #40), almost as big as AO 2017 final. The winner will still have to beat Djoko in finals, but what it can represent is huge.


Daniel Says:

Think Fedal will be close, also curious to see if Nadal starts firing form the get go as he did almost all matches this tourney bar Nishioda. Fed started a bit less intense his matches, so he has to be careful.

Also, anyone knows if they are 2nd match on cente court? Djoko x Agut 1 pm and they no earlier than 3 pm.


Madmax Says:

Can’t believe we are a few games for another Fedal at Wimbledon 11 tears later.

Daniel,

You meant years, right?

I know I know, I hear what you say about this 40th Meet. But let us all take a step back right now, this is frigging unbelievable. 11 YEARS later. 11.

Come on! Can you imagine the audiences around the world? God, Federer needs to play attacking tennis, and just win it. Go for it and win it. I wonder what he will be thinking, and doing between now and Friday. I can’t wait.

Margot, please be around here. We need you. Your wit and intelligence is missed. You must be so, so proud of Andy. I think he is back. I really do. Give him a year of practise and I can see him being back playing on the men’s tour again. Give it time.

Federer, this is your chance. You absolute chance now to go for your next Wimbledon SF match, and this could have actually been the final, let alone the semi final.

Just imagine.

Jatin, Skeezer, Daniel, I’ll see you around. I have goosebumps already.


Giles Says:

Skeezer. You mean Rafa was brilliant surely!


Madmax Says:

skeezer Says:
All time records still piling up for the Maestro. Congrats Fed! Well played against a Nishi in form.
——

Skeezer, I just cannot keep up with Fed’s records.

Unbeaten.

Unmatchable.


Madmax Says:

Giles,

He certainly played very well, and of course, he beat Querry.

Skeezer was more focused on Federer’s match, in case you were not aware.


Madmax Says:

Daniel Says:
There is a sense of destiny this Wimby for Fed: his 21st Wimbledon appearance and going for his 21st Slam. And he will have to do it beating his 2 nemesis back to back on the biggest stage avenging losses in finals last 2 times he played them here: Nadal 2008 and Djoko 2015. All that at 37 1 month shy from 38, could be his greatest Slam win ever and potentially cementing the GOAT debate for good. 6 Slams away from Djoko is almost unreachable and 3 for Nadal, who is only winning RG last 2 years at 33 will be a tall order to reach also.

The semi match is huge for Fedal (match #40), almost as big as AO 2017 final. The winner will still have to beat Djoko in finals, but what it can represent is huge.

July 10th, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Come on Fed! We are ready for Friday!

Best post yet Daniel.

X


j-kath Says:

If determination is a factor in the semi finals Nadal will win.
The overall winner will be Novak. Curse me all you like….based on the matches I watched and not on any preference (because I don’t mind which of the 3 Big Boys win).


Kimberly Says:

Federer will eat $&&@ on Friday. For sure

Rafa s got this one


Dave Says:

So one thing that we can say for certain is that the 4 best players by a landslide are in the Semi-Finals this year. All 4 have been excellent. If I had to do a ranking, here’s how it would look.

Tied for First Rafa and Novak(This was hard to pick and could have gone either way.

Next-Bautista Agut

Followed by Federer.(I wasn’t convinced with Federer’s performance today in the 3rd and 4th sets. Kei bailed Federer out many times with unforced errors. Especially hitting the ball loooooong. He just couldn’t keep it inside the baseline. Kei didn’t make the best decisions when he wasn’t even behind in the rally. Some head scratching decisions at times. So although Federer was good especially in the Second set, I still can’t rank him ahead of Bautista Agut for the tournament.


John Says:

Someone made a comment last week about Rafa not standing a chance of going to the finals.I was just wondering if they watched the match today.That is some of the best tennis I have seen Rafa play ever.If he plays like that in the next match then Roger might have a real reason to be concerned.Don’t forget their record together.


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