Roger Federer had to battle from a set down against Kei Nishikori, but eventually breezed past his Wimbledon quarter-final opponent with Rafael Nadal waiting in the next round.
Federer has looked in cruise control all throughout Wimbledon 2019 so far, beating Matteo Berrettini in little over an hour, but he looked out of sorts in the opening exchanges against Nishikori.
And the 29-year-old took full advantage as he won the opening set with an upset potentially on the cards.
Federer quickly regained his composure in the second set, before killing off Nishikori’s fighting spirit by taking the crucial third.
Nishikori frustrated Federer in the fourth before eventually getting his break late on before serving out for the match in style to set up a semi-final with Rafael Nadal.
For the second time in two months, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will face off in a Grand Slam semifinal. In gusty conditions that were very tough for Federer’s game, Nadal routed Federer en route to his 12th French Open title last month in the French Open semifinals.
Federer and Nadal will meet for a 40th time in the Wimbledon semifinals on Friday after both men won their quarterfinals on Wednesday. Federer, the No. 2 seed, downed No. 8 Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, while No. 3 Nadal handled American Sam Querrey, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.