‘18 champ Djokovic vs. Bautista Agut in Wimbledon semifinals


Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Brad Gilbert, Chris McKendry and Jason Goodall look ahead to the men's semifinals at Wimbledon, which include the first meeting between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the All England Club since their championship match in 2008.

Against Querrey, Nadal was broken when serving for the first set at 5-4. During the win, Roger Federer served exceptionally well as the Swiss master his 12 aces which helped him in winning 74% of his service points.

But that was as good as it got for the unseeded American as his serve might have been on fire but everything else was misfiring and he bowed out after the Spaniard whipped a forehand victor on match point to make sure it was game on with Federer in Friday's semi-final.

Friday's other semifinal will draw far less attention: No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, against No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut, never before this far at a major.

Eight-time champion Federer reached his 13th semi-final at the All England Club by defeating Japan's Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to book his place in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the 45th time.

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.

The Swiss star won their first two encounters in the 2006 and 2007 finals before Nadal famously triumphed in 2008 in a five-setter which is widely regarded as the greatest Slam final ever played.

Hoping to reach his first major semifinal, Goffin claimed three of the first four points that lasted at least 10 strokes.

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In the blink of an eye, the impostor who had seemingly replaced Federer in the early games was nowhere to be seen as the real deal strode out for the second set and promptly won 12 points in a row to take a 3-0 lead.

Goffin was able to hang in there at the baseline and his on-the-run passing shots were dialed in. "Well, it feels better to be here in London".

Until then, Goffin was playing crisply and cleanly.

"He was dictating the play from the baseline", Djokovic said afterward.

Williams said she enjoyed appearing in front of the media alongside the two-time men's champion at the All England Club because much of the focus was on Murray and his chances of returning to singles. "Most of the rallies went his way".

Nishikori visibly wilted, saving two break points in the fifth game of the fourth set before fatally cracking in the ninth.

We'll be watching the action unfold on the good old BBC however, as Djokovic takes on his opponent in the hallowed enclosure of Centre Court - the most middle court. "It's great for me because I get to sit here and just look".