It is the first Wimbledon since 2007 that "The Big Three" are all in the semi-finals of Wimbledon, with Djokovic facing Roberto Bautista Agut in the other semi final. I think the fact he was able to hit a lot of balls...
The defending champion grabbed control midway through the opening set and never let go, overwhelming the Belgian 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 to reach his ninth semifinal at the All England Club.
"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.
Federer has refined an already elegant game for mastery on grass (his eight Wimbledon titles are a men's record), while Nadal has radically overhauled his serve, footwork and tactical approach to extend his longevity and be more effective on the surface.
And perhaps the lack of pace in the surface this year is helping Nadal, who's been in the best form he's shown on grass for many a year and I get the feeling that he's focussing now on equalling and eventually overtaking Fed's record of 20 major titles.
Bautista Agut, a first-time Grand Slam semifinalist, was supposed to be on the island of Ibiza right now, having a bachelor party with his friends before his November wedding.
"I've played as good as I've played entire tournament", said Djokovic, whose blistering service returns and mind-bending defensive play utterly unraveled the quick-starting Goffin.Читайте также: Divock Origi Officially Signs New Long-Term Contract With Liverpool
"He could win the tournament", Querrey said.
The semifinal between Federer and Nadal will be a clash of contrasting styles, which Broadbent suggests could serve up a modern classic. They arrived at Wimbledon with 53 Grand Slam titles among them - 14 earned at Wimbledon.
This is their fourth matchup at Wimbledon - and first that won't come in the final. Since hip replacement surgery this year, he has been playing only doubles.
Federer hasn't impressed this grass swing by his standards and I have to wonder whether or not he's still capable of going to five sets against Nadal these days. [But] it doesn't seem like it's happening on Grand Slams. "But it was a joy to play against Rafa there, on his court", Federer said. He was tested in a rare second-round grudge match against Nick Kyrgios, who was as Nick Kyrgios as ever, but the set he dropped then remains the only one he's dropped thus far.
If it's hard to believe more than a decade has passed since these two rivals last shared a court at Wimbledon, it's also tough to fathom how it is that they have dominated their sport as long as they have. Federer's ratio in his last three matches is 2.36.
Nadal, meanwhile, continued his relentless march toward the last four by dispatching Sam Querrey in three sets, winning 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.
If the French Open is Rafa's domain, Wimbledon is Roger's.
"I'm very happy to be in the semi-finals again", Nadal told the BBC after the match.
Federer and Nadal have both looked on top of their grass-court games in serene paths through to the semi-finals. But there was something else at play, he suggested.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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