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Wimbledon | Nadal quells Querrey

Wimbledon | Nadal quells Querrey

Rafa Nadal is “excited” to renew the greatest rivalry in modern tennis – and arguably the whole of sport – when he faces Roger Federer in the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

It's great, difficult to imagine to be again in that situation but here we are. I am excited about the victory for today, but excited to play Roger again at Wimbledon after such a long time Rafa Nada

Nadal set up the pair’s first All England meeting since 2008 when the Spaniard overcame the Swiss in a final often described as the greatest ever played.

The third seed defeated American Sam Querrey 7-5 6-2 6-2 in just over two hours on Centre Court to ensure the dream meeting.
It will be the 40th meeting of the pair with Nadal holding a 24-15 advantage and the winner will face either reigning champion Novak Djokovic or the Spaniard’s compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut.

Nadal, who beat Federer in the last-four on route to his 12th French Open said: “It’s great, difficult to imagine to be again in that situation but here we are. I am excited about the victory for today, but excited to play Roger again at Wimbledon after such a long time.”

The 33-year-old was also delighted for Bautista Agut.

Nadal said: “Very happy for him, he is a player who deserves something like this. He is amazing, how strong and passionate he is about this game. Very special for Spanish tennis.”

He was happy with the performance – completed in just 2hr.7min -which ensured his seventh visit to the semi-final, a victory which extended his winning streak to 17 matches.

He said: “Quick or not quick, I am happy to be in semi-final after a match against a very good opponent.

“I am very happy with way I played it. It was dangerous on serve in the first set but then I played great, the serve started to work better and better and, yeah, very pleased.

Nadal found difficult in breaking down big-serving Querrey, who made the semi-finals when Andy Murray broke down with his hip problem in 2017, was determined to return to the last four.

But once his Spanish opponent got a grip of the American’s serve and edged into the lead, it was one-way traffic.
Naadal wound up his lethal left-arm forehand and cruised through the second and third sets in style.






About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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