London (AP) - The semi-final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal electrifies Wimbledon. After the first semi-final match today between reigning champion Novak Djokovic and surprise semi-finalist Roberto Bautista Agut, the two tennis stars will enter Center Court.
For the first time since 2008, the Swiss Federer and Spaniard Nadal face each other again at the grass tournament in southwest London. "It is a unique situation. It is exciting to have this opportunity again, "said Nadal, 33. "It means a lot to me and probably also to him."
Eleven years ago, the left-hander had the upper hand in the last Wimbledon clash in the fifth set with 9: 7 prevail. Five weeks ago, the world number two won the semi-finals of the French Open in Paris sovereign in three sets. "Playing on grass or on sand is probably the biggest change in tennis," Nadal said.
Before the match in Paris, the world ranking third Federer had prevailed six times in succession. Overall, the Wimbledon semi-final is now the 40th duel of the two tennis greats. The Mallorquin leads in direct comparison with 25:14. Lawn, however, is considered Federer's special coating, having already triumphed on London's Church Road eight times. "It's going to be difficult," said the 37-year-old. "Rafa can hurt anyone on any surface. He's not just a clay court specialist. "
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