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Federer overcomes shaky start to join Grand Slam 100 club

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Shannon Reynolds | 11 July, 2019, 08:15

The 28-year-old broke for a 4-3 lead but Djokovic then reeled off the next nine games, taking the first set, and the second in which he allowed the Belgian just four points on his serve.

Querrey may have dispensed with French Open finalist Dominic Thiem in the first round but his limited serve and volley game was no match for the man who beat Thiem in the Paris final has he out-classed his opponent.

They arrived at Wimbledon with 53 Grand Slam titles among them - 14 earned at Wimbledon. He struggled to find his forehand and, after saving two break points in the third game, a forehand wide gave Goffin the first break for 4-3.

"I'm very happy to be in the semi-finals again", Nadal told the BBC after the match.

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.

"I have been playing good matches".

Federer dropped the first set to Kei Nishikori of Japan before advancing in four sets.

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. Federer's first Wimbledon title came two years later.

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Roger Federer believes his Wimbledon quarter-final opponent Kei Nishikori is ready to challenge for Grand Slams after the Japanese number one seems to have found a way to reach the latter stages without getting tangled up in marathon matches. "My friends, six of them, are all there", Bautista Agut said.

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

"It was hard. The beginning was brutal".

Goffin started well enough against Djokovic on an afternoon that was humid and sunny, with the temperature in the mid-70s. He won the pair's most recent encounter, on clay in 2017, and this looked a bit like it was being contested on that slower surface, too. He broke to go up 4-3 after 33 minutes, then jogged to the sideline with a raised fist. He hadn't faced so much as one break point against Djokovic, generally considered the top returner in the game.

"Especially today second set and third set against Goffin, who was in form, I felt like I managed to dismantle his game and find always the right shots".

"It's the one match where every tennis player alive is going to tune in", said three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, part of the BBC's Wimbledon broadcast team. But Djokovic thinks Bautista Agut could be even more risky on the quicker surface.

"That's given me the opportunity to win a lot naturally".

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