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Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer - 7/12/19 Wimbledon Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer - 7/12/19 Wimbledon Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction”

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic is safely through to the semi-final at Wimbledon, ousting David Goffin 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 in an hour and 56 minutes. He'll also need to put pressure on Federer's serve; even if it doesn't result in a break, pushing games to deuce will extend the match and make the 37-year-old's task more hard.

Federer's victory raised the prospect that Wimbledon may once again play host to one of the sport's greatest rivalries, provided Rafa Nadal overcomes big-serving American Sam Querrey to tee up a clash against his old Swiss foe in the semi-finals. Of Nadal's 18 major trophies, 12 came at the French Open, where he routed Federer in the semifinals last month. Federer's game is less reliant on a big serve, but Nadal needs to take advantage of any break chances.

He and Nadal give Spain two men's semifinalists at Wimbledon in the same year for the first time. He's a past champion here and he likes playing on grass. "Well, I like to play against (an) opponent like this, to play a match with a lot of rallies".

The contest was over by the time Djokovic broke for a 3-1 lead in the third set.

To put Federer's achievements at Wimbledon into perspective, Nadal's straight sets victory at Roland Garros was his 92nd on Paris's red clay and while a 93rd and 12th singles title duly followed, he is still short of Federer's Wimbledon ton.

Bautista Agut, who gets married in November, said: "I had planned to be in Ibiza right now". Federer's first Wimbledon title came two years later.

Instead, he will play on after beating Guido Pella of Argentina 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

The 31-year-old Bautista Agut, who had never been past the fourth round of a Grand Slam before, was the only player to reach the quarterfinals without dropping a set. Federer is the first player to win 100 matches at one Grand Slam tournament.

"I'm sure that I have to play good tennis to beat Roger, because he's the best player on the grass", Nishikori said.

"The beginning, " Federer said, "was brutal". "He doesn't like when the ball bounces higher to his backhand", Djokovic said.

Roberto Bautista has reached his first Wimbledon semi-final, having gone on a run that has even surprised the player.

"He was dictating the play from the baseline", Djokovic said afterward.

What an afternoon we could be in for unless, as you'd imagine will happen, Djokovic smashes his way to a quick three-set win in time to get home and watch Neighbours, if it's still on TV.

"I really can not be happier".

The crowd sat dumbfounded as Nishikori despatched a delicate volley to break in the opening game and watched on bemused as the Japanese created another three break points in the third game and one more in the fifth.



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