Federer eyes 100th Wimbledon win

Switzerland's Roger Federer attends a training session on day eight of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on 9 July 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

LONDON, United Kingdom — Roger Federer can rack up his 100th win at Wimbledon on Wednesday and set up a blockbuster semifinal duel against Rafael Nadal.

In a quarterfinal lineup that features five players over 30, there is a growing anticipation of a potential 40th career match-up between the sport’s two most successful players.

If it does happen, it will be their first at the All England Club since 2008 when Nadal triumphed in what is widely regarded as the greatest final ever played at the tournament.

But before they reach that stage, eight-time champion Federer has to get past Kei Nishikori while Nadal, a two-time winner, tackles big-hitting Sam Querrey.

Whoever battles through that side of the draw is likely to find defending champion and four-time winner Novak Djokovic waiting in the final.

At 37, Federer is the oldest quarterfinalist since Jimmy Connors in 1991.

He reached his 17th quarterfinal at the All England Club — and 55th at the majors — with a 74-minute demolition of Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, dropping just five games.

Between them, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic lost only 19 games in their fourth-round ties and faced just one break point.

“I think the best guys now are fully engaged, they know exactly what to expect from the court and the conditions,” said second seed Federer.

“That helps us to play better. I think with experience, that’s good. We haven’t dropped much energy in any way.”

Federer will take a 7-3 record over seventh-seeded Nishikori into his quarterfinal.

Nishikori defeated the great Swiss in the ATP Finals last year, ending a drought that stretched to almost five years.

“I’m a big fan of his game,” said Federer of the Japanese star, who is into his second successive quarterfinal at Wimbledon.

“I think he’s got one of the best backhands in the game. He’s a great return player. Solid mentally. I always thought he was a great talent.”

Nishikori is bidding to become the first Japanese man since Jiro Satoh in 1933 to make the semifinals at Wimbledon.

Nadal, playing in his seventh Wimbledon quarterfinal, faces Querrey backed up by a 4-1 record over the 65th-ranked American.

Querrey made the semifinals in 2017, beating then world number one Andy Murray in the Last Eight before falling to Marin Cilic.

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