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

Wimbledon 2019 'Maniac Monday' Preview Live Stream match details and where to watch

Wimbledon 2019 'Maniac Monday' Preview Live Stream match details and where to watch

The 37-year-old eight-time champion fought back from a set down to overcome Japan's Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and qualify for his 13th Wimbledon semifinal. He'll also need to put pressure on Federer's serve; even if it doesn't result in a break, pushing games to deuce will extend the match and make the 37-year-old's task more hard.

It was the first Wimbledon quarter-final not featuring a top-20 player since a Polish duel between Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot in 2013 but for the Court One ticket holders it proved an enjoyable appetiser for twice champion Nadal's clash with American Sam Querrey on the same stretch of turf later.

JL: Of course, Nadal was the clear favorite on clay at the French Open but when it comes to the Wimbledon grass, the turf is Federer's. Gofin took only four points on the return in three games and couldn't do anything to impose his shots and move Novak from the comfort zone, suffering three breaks to drift further away from the finish line.

Bautista Agut is a rugged and reliable performer in Grand Slams and a regular visitor to the third and fourth rounds. "But I was very pleased with second and third with the way I played". Again serving for that set at 6-5, he erased a trio of break points for Querrey before holding - and finally was on his way.

Novak Djokovic took what was shaping up as an entertaining, well-played matchup in the Wimbledon quarterfinals and quickly turned it into a lopsided romp with a 10-game run.

"I had a lot of defeats; I had a lot of victories", Nadal said of his rivalry with Federer. Pella, meanwhile, had spent almost twice as much time on court - 12 hours, 47 minutes compared to 6 hours, 48 minutes - after coming through two five-setters.

The 31 year old no 23 seed revealed he had booked a break in Ibiza with pals this week for his bachelor bash - but that has had to be rapidly cancelled.

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The world number one secured his 70th match win at the tournament and will be playing in his 36th semi-final at the majors.

"I'm sure that I have to play good tennis to beat Roger, because he's the best player on the grass", Nishikori said.

Other than that, I've won in straight sets and played really well throughout the tournament.

"The beginning, " Federer said, "was brutal".

Nadal's victory meant it was the first time more than one Spanish man had reached the Wimbledon semis in the same year.

What an afternoon we could be in for unless, as you'd imagine will happen, Djokovic smashes his way to a quick three-set win in time to get home and watch Neighbours, if it's still on TV. "He was everywhere", said a shattered Goffin.

"He was dictating the play from the baseline", Djokovic said afterward. "It's great for me because I get to sit here and just look".

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