Federer overcomes shaky start to join Grand Slam 100 club

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Djokovic, who has lost only once at a Grand Slam in the last 12 months, is into his ninth Wimbledon semi-final (only Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer have been in more) where he will face Spanish world number 22 Roberto Bautista Agut.

Federer was looking for a sixth consecutive title and a third final victory in a row against Nadal when they took to Centre Court in 2008.

Querrey pushed Rafael Nadal hard in the opening set on Wednesday before losing 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to the third-seeded Spaniard, and said his recent performances on grass has given him a "boost" heading into the American hard-court season.

"Roger is unbelievable", said Nadal, who at least prevented Federer from becoming the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to go through the whole tournament without dropping a set. "[Our] relationship never changed".

The 32-year-old Spaniard said that as much as he has enjoyed their rivalry at Wimbledon, the NY gap in their head-to-head record was a source of regret. "I know people always hype it up in a big way", said Federer.

Well, why shouldn't they?

Federer is 2-4 as a favorite against the King of Clay. Nadal has won on 24 occasions while Federer has won 15 times.

SWITZERLAND'S Roger Federer hits a return to Kei Nishikori of Japan during their quarter-final. I'd love to play against him here at Wimbledon. He feels comfortable here. But the fact that there is generally more uniformity across surfaces means that the players are now more comfortable and adept at bringing out their skills at a variety of places. Meeting at Wimbledon for the first time in the 2006 final, the Swiss star got the better of the man who had already beaten him twice at Roland Garros in 2005 and 2006. Nadal holds a 2-1 edge in their last three encounters with Federer's win coming as a short underdog (+113) in the 2017 Australian Open Final. 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. Then as I'm signing, the guy says, Congratulations for your 100.

The other semifinal will draw far less attention: No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs.

"He is very solid from baseline". The 37-year-old will be playing in the semifinals of a major for the 45th time.

Nadal downplayed the suggestion they had improved appreciably, describing their respective evolution as a zero-sum game in which each had added elements to his game to compensate for what age has taken away.

"I couldn't keep my game together after the first set", Nishikori said.

"He was everywhere", Goffin said.

Pella had spent six hours longer on court to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final and looked tired as he dropped serve at the start of the second set - that proving enough for Bautista Agut to move to within a set of victory. That streak ended against Guido Pella, but the 23rd-seeded Spaniard still won 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Federer said he has been feeling particularly good lately.

With 38 grand slam titles between them, Federer and Nadal have stood the test of time and they are still going strong. It's their 14th match at a major; Nadal leads 10-3.

It was the second time this week he had been to the All England Club to watch Federer.

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