Federer-Nadal looms as 'Big 3' strut into semis

Federer-Nadal looms as 'Big 3' strut into semis

For his career, RBA is 0-9 against Federer and 0-3 against his compatriot Nadal, but he has beaten Djokovic both times that they have played in 2019, as a +388 underdog in Miami (hard court), and as a +398 underdog in Doha (hard court).

"He has won twice against me so far this year".

And in this match-up, there is nothing RBA does better than Djokovic. Bautista-Agut has won 15 of his 16 sets this tournament and has to like his chances if he can just clean up the unforced errors. After dropping the first set to Nishikori on Wednesday, Federer stormed back to win three straight, finishing with 54 winners and 11 aces.

Eight-time champion Federer racked up his 100th match win at Wimbledon and reached his 13th semifinal with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Bautista Agut added: "He is very solid from baseline".

"Novak is the number one in the world and he's playing really well on grass", said Bautista Agut, who has a 3-7 record against the Serb. "And, of course, I'd love to play against him here at Wimbledon". "Against Novak, that's what we do".

"I don't know how much longer I can keep it up, but I definitely feel like I'm mentally and physically still fit to go on for many more years to come", said the Swiss.

Can he pull yet another upset as an even more significant underdog?

"The ball bounces lower on the grass, which is I think more suitable to his style of game". Now, they are once against prepared to face each other in a crucial match.

While the presence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the other semi-final was entirely expected, few expected Bautista Agut to be taking part in Friday's first match on Centre Court.

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The Spaniard had scheduled his bachelor party for this week instead.

"Especially today second set and third set against Goffin, who was in form, I felt like I managed to dismantle his game and find always the right shots".

"We had everything organised already".

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion at Wimbledon, has the edge overall, leading his great rival and friend 24-15 and 10-3 at the Slams.

The stars have aligned - and now they're meeting at Centre Court. "So this has got so much importance historically as well as just a classic match-up between a lefty and a righty, their styles, everything about it is unbelievable".

Goffin was on top in the early stages as he sensed the opportunity to become the first Belgian man to make the semi-finals at a Slam since Xavier Malisse at Wimbledon in 2002.

"Andy gets asked every question about his body and the U.S. Open". I think he's got more depth on his backhand.

Then, as if she were one of the reporters, Williams started a mini-exchange with her doubles partner.

Federer said he has been feeling particularly good lately.

"I'll have to play really good tennis if I want to beat him".

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