Nishikori loses to Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinals

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2019

This year has seen a breakthrough though and he reached his first quarter-final at the Australian Open.

Djokovic is known for his ability to extend rallies and keep the ball in play with his defensive ability, and Bautista Agut said that's a style of play that suits him well. "Kei was the better player", Federer said. "Semifinals of Grand Slam, (I'm) going to try to use my experience in being in these kind of matches".

"(After) I got broken and I was fighting in that first set, I was able to protect my serve", he said.

Nishikori capitalised on a sloppy first set from the 20-time major champion to take the initiative on Wednesday, but normal service was resumed as the second seed triumphed 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4. "He was dictating the play from the baseline", Djokovic told after the match. Stronger serve also helped Djokovic to kick off the points as he wished to, crumbling the rival's resistance with a steady pace that proved to be too much to handle for David today.

"I knew I had a good opportunity to play in the semi-final and I did very well".

Federer, then a long-haired 19-year-old, announced himself to British tennis fans when he shocked the seven-time champion 7-6 5-7 6-4 6-7 7-5 on his Centre Court debut.

After missing the French Open with an injury, a run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals has given Sam Querrey high hopes for the rest of the season.

"I felt", Djokovic said, "like I managed to dismantle his game".

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"It's exactly what I wanted and hopefully I can go in the right direction in the semis as well".

He added: "I had a tough match in the third round (against Hubert Hurkacz)".

In winning that opening set, Nishikori, one of tennis's most attractive shotmakers, carved out as many break points on the Federer serve as the Swiss had faced in his previous two matches.

Djokovic saved all three break points in the third set and broke David in the fourth game after a double fault from the Belgian, opening a 5-2 advantage with a backhand down the line victor and sealed the deal with another break in game eight to sail into the last four.

Said Goffin: "You have to play the ideal point to win it against him".

"Even if you play well, it's not enough because he continues to play deep, close from the line, left, right".

Bautista Agut, 31, booked his first appearance in a Slam last-four at the 27th attempt by seeing off Pella, who had never previously reached a quarter-final at the majors. I am going to pick Roger Federer to win this match.

"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.

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