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.