Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic sweeps through to semifinals

Rafael Nadal eases into the Wimbledon quarter-finals

Novak will compete in the ninth Wimbledon semi-final as the fourth player who achieved that after Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors and Boris Becker, also scoring the 70th victory at the All England Club to match the four mentioned players.

He went on to discuss the prospect of facing Djokovic for a ticket to the final.

Against Querrey, Nadal was broken when serving for the first set at 5-4. "I managed to break him back and win my serve comfortably".

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.

Roberto Bautista Agut should already be in Ibiza, on his stag do with tennis far from his mind - instead the Spaniard is at Wimbledon preparing for a semi-final against Novak Djokovic.

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.

Nishikori, bidding to become the first Japanese man to reach the semi-finals since Jiro Satoh in 1933, broke Federer in the first game on Centre Court.


Djokovic is seeking his fifth Wimbledon championship and 17th Grand Slam trophy overall.

The duo have not met at the All England Club since their titanic tussle in the 2008 final, when Nadal outlasted Federer over five thrilling sets that finished late in the evening gloom.

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.

Goffin started well enough against Djokovic on an afternoon that was humid and sunny, with the temperature in the mid-70s.

Goffin was able to hang in there at the baseline and his on-the-run passing shots were dialed in. He was in a position of leading 4-3 and serving.

Djokovic did to Goffin exactly what he does to so many men on so many surfaces and at so many tournaments: He takes their best shot, deals with it and then wears them down. "He was dictating the play from the baseline", Djokovic told Wimbledon.com after the match. The most recent match between these two players was last month at the French Open where Nadal won in straight sets. "He likes to play a lot of rallies", Bautista Agut said. He is the first player to win 100 matches at one Grand Slam tournament.

"I always try to set my form so I can play my best at this tournament", Djokovic said in the post-match press conference.

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