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Nadal sets up dream Federer semi after taking down Querrey at Wimbledon

By Opta
Rafael Nadal celebrated a 7-5 6-2 6-2 triumph to book a showdown with Roger Federer

London, July 10: Rafael Nadal will face Roger Federer in a dream Wimbledon semi-final after safely negotiating his way past Sam Querrey in the last eight on Wednesday (July 10).

The Spaniard has fought through a tough draw, with Nadal not exactly keeping his counsel over his grievances, and this tie was certainly no walkover given seasoned campaigner Querrey has previous at Wimbledon.

Big-serving Querrey holds wins over Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray at SW19 and Nadal had plenty of food for thought during an exhilarating opening set on No. 1 Court.

From there, though, it was largely plain sailing as Nadal celebrated a 7-5 6-2 6-2 triumph to book a showdown with old foe Federer, who earned a 100th Wimbledon match win by beating Kei Nishikori.

It will mark the first encounter between the pair at Wimbledon since their stunning 2008 final, which Nadal - who has now qualified for November's ATP Finals - won in five breathless sets. That was a third straight title match at the tournament between two of tennis' modern greats.

A simple pass in game three on Wednesday gave Nadal the early break, but Querrey – playing a third Wimbledon quarter-final – did not wilt.

The 31-year-old saw a couple of break points go begging and had to save a couple of set points in game eight before levelling when a storming backhand forced Nadal to go wide.

It was a feeling of deja vu when Nadal broke straight back and gave up a couple of break points when serving to take the opener. This time, though, the 18-time slam winner fended off Querrey's resistance and, following a mammoth point, earned the set after 58 minutes.

Querrey's resolve was clearly on the wane when Nadal followed a punishing forehand with a drop shot to break for a 2-1 lead in the second.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal had Querrey on the run in game seven to earn a couple more opportunities to break, the first of which was duly taken when the American went long.

There was no way back from there and a familiar pattern followed in the third, Nadal making the immediate break with a perfectly angled forehand.

Another forehand winner for a 4-1 lead ensured there was no way back for Querrey and set the path for the latest instalment in one of tennis' greatest rivalries.

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

Rafael Nadal bt Sam Querrey 7-5 6-2 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS

Nadal - 44/12

Querrey - 38/22

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS

Nadal - 10/2

Querrey - 22/3

BREAK POINTS WON

Nadal - 6/16

Querrey - 1/7

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE

Nadal - 60

Querrey - 61

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE

Nadal - 82/54

Querrey - 73/28

TOTAL POINTS

Nadal - 106

Querrey - 78

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Story first published: Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 23:50 [IST]
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