Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Order, order of play! John Bercow speaks up for hero Roger Federer

Order, order of play! John Bercow speaks up for hero Roger Federer

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who takes to the court in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, is looking to grab his 99th win at the All England Club, which may lead to a semifinal against his longtime friend and rival Rafael Nadal.

The Spaniard is through to the last four for the first time at a grand slam after beating Guido Pella 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-3 on Court One.

Nadal won an epic 2008 final 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (8-10) 9-7 the last time they faced each other on the hallowed grass at SW19 and also came out on top in a last-four showdown en route to a 12th French Open title last month.

Spain's Rafael Nadal sprints to make a return against United States player Sam Querrey during their men's singles quarter-final match on day nine of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London.

Gilbert believes that both Nadal and Federer will both be equally concerned about Novak Djokovic, should the Serb cruise past his semifinal opponent, Roberto Bautista Agut. "Who knows what the match would look like if I lost the first set?" Federer has won two of their three previous encounters in this spot. Federer has been broken just three times this tournament, and if he serves well on Friday, it's hard to see him losing this match. I am going to pick Roger Federer to win this match.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will face off at the Wimbledon Championships after 11 years. "I had match points but Roger is very tough".

At the age of 37 years and 336 days, Federer became the second-oldest man to reach the Wimbledon semifinals in the Open Era, after Ken Rosewall (39 years, 246 days) in 1974.

"The only thing - and probably the only reason why we're able to be where we are - is because we love the game", Nadal said. If I'm Nadal, I'd channel all the vibes I can from 2008 and then continue on the same course.

Played over nearly seven hours because of rain delays and ending in virtual darkness in front of a mesmerised Centre Court, Federer and Nadal's last meeting at Wimbledon is widely regarded as the pinnacle of the sport. All I know is I can't wait to watch.

Federer had spent 231 consecutive weeks as world number one and won his past 65 grass-court matches, yet Nadal toppled him to win his first Wimbledon title.

All of the top players in the world rent local accommodation during the British Grand Slam fortnight as they battle for one of the prized pieces of tennis silverware. He joins Martina Navratilova (120, Wimbledon) and Chris Evert (101, US Open) on the list.

Djokovic's victory is his 70th at Wimbledon, making him the fourth man in the Open Era to reach that mark, after Federer, Connors and Bjorn Borg.

"But I feel like I am very confident this week, playing good tennis".

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