After Novak Djokovic reserved his semifinal spot at Wimbledon Championships 2019, Another big match lined up on the Centre Court. World Number three, Roger Federer faced Kei Nishikori from Japan in the third quarterfinals on the day.
The Swiss tennis ace battled with the World Number seven, Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and achieved his 100th victory at SW19 and makes it to the semifinals at Wimbledon. While his foe, Rafael Nadal is still playing for his spot in the last four round.
The first set turned out to be little unusual with Roger Federer dropping his opening service game as Nishikori came up with angled shots with some spin and slice and displayed a flawless net game. In the next game, Kei blazed out serves and produced a good hold.
Roger Federer was making striving efforts to come back in the set, Kei Nishikori played a safe game on his serves and let the Swiss to face just a break opportunity when Kei netted a backhand at 3-2.
However, the Japanese was freed from that pressure point by displaying baseline tennis and led by 4-2. While Nishikori served for the set, his poor decision drove the game to 30-30, he controlled the ball for a set point and wrapped it up with phenomenal tennis at 6-4.
Aggressive, Roger Federer emerged in the next set as this time, the Swiss was sitting on the driver’s seat. His 12 unforced errors and three double faults allowed Nishikori to face five break points in the first set. To compensate these stats, Federer pulled off the next set in under 22 minutes of time and fed the former World Number four, Nishikori with a baguette.
The Japanese returned to his regular form and made remarkable returns and kept the set tight until 3-3. The set started deviating in Federer’s direction, when he had two break points and followed by a 19-shot rally, Kei saved one and aced out his next serve to save the other.
The game incorporated multiple deuces, and Roger Federer showed some attacking style of tennis. His impeccable backhand drive gave rise to the fourth break point and with Nishikori flawing, a forehand gestured the end of the quest of his maiden semifinals at Wimbledon. Kei could come across one break point in the set and Roger Federer wrapped up the set with a second service ace at 6-4.
Nishikori’s weak tennis at 4-4, gave Roger Federer the chance to serve for his hundredth match win at Wimbledon and a spot in the semifinal. The Swiss held three match points and won his 100th match in SW19 with an ace.