Roger Federer wants to play his own game against Rafael Nadal in his semi-final on Wimbledon on Friday. The Swiss does not intend to go through all sorts of tactics prior to the party.
"I know a lot about his game, but he also knows a lot about my tennis," Federer said after being told that Nadal is his opponent in the semi-final.
"So for two days I can deal with tactics like crazy or I can say: it's grass tennis, so I go outside and play my own game."
The 37-year-old Federer was too strong for the Japanese Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday. 33-year-old Nadal settled in three sets with American Sam Querrey.
Previous confrontations between Federer and Nadal
In 2005, Federer and Nadal faced each other for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament and that was at Roland Garros. The Spaniard won. © ANP
Federer and Nadal after the final of the Dubai ATP tournament in 2006. © ANP
Federer and Nadal prior to the Roland Garros final battle in 2006. © ANP
At Wimbledon in 2006, Federer beat Nadal in the final battle. © ANP
Federer and Nadal after the final in Monte Carlo in 2007. © ANP
Federer and Nadal after the Roland Garros final in 2007. © ANP
Federer and Nadal after the final in Hamburg in 2008. © ANP
In 2008 Federer loses for the third time in a row in the final of Nadal. The Spaniard takes his fourth title in a row in Paris. © ANP
In 2008, Nadal won Wimbledon for the first time at the expense of Federer. © ANP
Relaxation at Federer and Nadal during the US Open of 2008. © ANP
In 2009, Nadal wins the Australian Open. He beats Federer in the final. © ANP
Federer and Nadal after the final in Madrid in 2010. © ANP
2010: Roger Federer © ANP
Federer and Nadal in 2011 at the Key Biscayne tournament. © ANP
Federer and Nadal after the Roland Garros final in 2011. © ANP
Federer and Nadal during the Australian Open in 2012. © ANP
Nadal and Federer in 2013 at the Indian Wells tournament. © ANP
Federer and Nadal during the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals. © ANP
Federer and Nadal during the Australian Open of 2014. © ANP
In 2015, Federer won the Basel tournament at the expense of Nadal. © ANP
The Australian Open final of 2017 was also won by Federer. © ANP
The Swiss was also the Spaniard in Miami that same year. © ANP
In 2017, Federer Nadal was also the boss in the final battle of Shanghai. © ANP
Nadal beat Federer in 2019 against Roland Garros in three sets. © Pro Shots
Fortieth meeting between Federer and Nadal
Federer and Nadal will play against each other for the 40th time in their career. The Spaniard won 24 of the 39 previous meetings and was also the strongest in the last mutual confrontation; he triumphed over Roland Garros two months ago in three sets.
"The outside world will turn it into a hype," said Federer. "Of course I look forward to that match against Nadal, but I look forward to every tennis match and not so much to one opponent."
Nadal is also looking forward to the confrontation with Federer. "This is great. It is hard to imagine that I am in that position again," said the global number two. "It's great to play Roger again at Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Sam Querrey. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Nadal won previous confrontation at Wimbledon in thriller
The last time the two met at Wimbledon was in the 2008 final. At that time, the Mallorcan was too strong for the twenty-time Grand Slam winner in a thriller and kept his rival from the Wimbledon title for the first time in six years. .
The winner of the match between Federer and Nadal will play against defending champion Novak Djokovic or Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the final battle.
Federer can win Wimbledon for the ninth time. He won the tournament earlier in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2017. Nadal took the title on the London grass in 2008 and 2010.
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