We have our final four with just one surprise. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are all there as expected but also a player who wasn’t expecting to be in his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon is Roberto Bautista Agut.
Novak Djokovic v Roberto Bautista Agut
Where better to start?
Roberto Bautista Agut actually had his ‘stag do’ planned for now but hasn’t been able to head off to Ibiza with his friends but his friends have gone and will be back for his semi-final with Djokovic on Friday afternoon…
The Spaniard has had a good run to his first semi-final with some big wins over the in-form Khachanov, Paire and Pella with just the one set dropped on route to facing Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic leads the head to head at 7-3 however the world number one has been slow of late in getting in the groove with early struggles against Hurkacz and Goffin before bulldozing his way through.
The bad news for Novak? Agut has beaten him twice this year and both from a set down!
Agut came from behind in the semi’s of Doha and the fourth round of Miami coming through a tough second set on both occasions.
If I had to describe Agut in one word, it would be gritty. He hangs on in and there just isn’t a let up in the tension or focus, he is relentless.
I wrote about Roberto early on in the year;
Best of three scenario is different from best of five but Roberto doesn’t come across as a player who is going to get ‘stage fright’ this is probably the worse opponent Novak could face on his side of the draw.
Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal
It is the 41st meeting between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
King of Grass v King of Clay but things aren’t usually as they seem.
Out of the four players in the semi-finals for my no one has played better than Rafael Nadal, he has been unstoppable.
When we saw his draw everyone was expecting an early exit because of the opponents he had to face.
Sugita, Kyrgios, Tsonga, Sousa & Querrey and has dropped one set all tournament. That is incredible.
Federer for me, hasn’t looked at it. He’s come through to the semi-finals pretty unscathed but he hasn’t blown me away.
He’s won convincingly but it hasn’t been “lights out” at all.
Rafa is great on clay and Roger on grass but I cannot see past Rafael Nadal winning this. He is playing quicker, moving incredibly well and just so comfortable on the surface again.
Remember when Nadal was in crisis having not won in Monte-Carlo or Barcelona?
He is on a 17 match winning streak and ha won 20 of his last 21 matches.
The last time these two met here? That 2008 final…