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It’s men’s semi-final day at the 2019 Wimbledon championships and hopefully, fans will be treated to more competitive and exciting matches today than they were in yesterday’s women’s semi-finals, which were both over in a flash as Serena Williams and Simona Halep both thrashed Strycova and Svitolina in straight set respectively.

The match of today is of course between two of the greatest of all time, Federer (advised 57/17) and Nadal, and this will be there fortieth meeting with Nadal leading the head-to-head 24-16. This is there third meeting at Wimbledon, which were all in finals, and Federer won the first two in four sets in 2006, five sets in 2007 and Nadal won their last encounter at SW19 in five sets in 2008.

Federer has experienced the most success in recent years winning six of the last seven encounters between 2015 and 2019. Federer’s six wins were all on hard courts including his epic five set win at the 2017 Australian Open and Nadal won their last encounter at this year’s French Open. Hopefully, the two greats will treat us to another epic Grand Slam encounter, but neither will want another long drawn out five set thriller, as they both know Djokovic has had an easy route to this stage and is likely to be much fresher come Sunday especially if they end up playing another four or five hour five set thriller.

The other men’s semi-final is between defending champion and top seed Djokovic and Spain’s Bautista Agut, who is seeded twenty-three and is contesting a well overdue first Grand Slam semi-final at the age of 31. Djokovic leads the head-to-head 7-3, he won all three of their matches at Grand Slam level at the US Open in four sets in 2015 and in four sets at the French Open in 2016 and again in 2018, but Bautista Agut did win both their matches this year on hard courts at Doha and Miami both in three sets.


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