LONDON (AFP) - Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal installation a Wimbledon semi-final blockbuster on Wednesday, 11 years after their epic 2008 name duel that is broadly appeared because the greatest Grand Slam final ever performed.

8-time champion Federer racked up his one hundredth suit win at Wimbledon and reached his 13th semi-final with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-four defeat of Japan s Kei Nishikori.

The 37-12 months-antique will be gambling within the semi-finals of a primary for the 45th time.


Nadal, the 2-time champion, made the final-four for the seventh time and thirty second at the Slams, by means of beating Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.

Friday s semi-very last could be the pair s 40th assembly and third at Wimbledon after Federer received the 2006 and 2007 finals earlier than Nadal swept to his well-known 2008 triumph.

the opposite semi-very last will see four-time champion and top seed Novak Djokovic tackle Roberto Bautista Agut, the twenty third-seeded Spaniard who has made the final-four at a first-rate for the primary time.

Federer is also the oldest man to make the semis of a first-rate seeing that Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.

"we have a variety of facts on Rafa and so does he approximately us. I realize human beings always hype it up in a huge way," stated 20-time important winner Federer.

"They did that again in Paris this 12 months (when Nadal gained their semi-final in instantly sets). I d love to play against him right here at Wimbledon.

"but i go about it like every other match."

Nadal, who turned into additionally champion in 2010, broke Querrey six instances, sent down 10 aces and 44 winners in a powerful show so that it will deliver him splendid hope of thrashing Federer for the twenty fifth time.

"It s tremendous (to be going through Federer at Wimbledon again)," stated 33-year-antique Nadal whose recent twelfth Roland Garros victory took him to 18 Slam titles.

"It s tough to assume to be once more in that situation and right here we're. I m excited to play against Roger here at Wimbledon once more after such a long term."

Federer said he turned into unaware that he had emerge as the primary man to claim a hundred wins on the identical Slam.

"I didn t consider it at the same time as i was playing nowadays. Surely on no account, not as soon as. Then as I m signing, a guy inside the crowd says, Congratulations to your one hundred. Oh, yeah, I didn t realize. I forgot."

Djokovic reached the semi-finals for the ninth time, racking up his 70th profession win at the All England club within the manner.

The protecting champion hit lower back from a break down within the first set to carve out a commanding 6-four, 6-0, 6-2 win over 21st seed David Goffin of Belgium.

In a ruthless show, Djokovic reeled off 15 of the ultimate 17 games to secure an area inside the semi-finals of the majors for the 36th time.

subsequent up is Bautista Agut, who made his first Grand Slam semi-very last with a 7-five, 6-four, 3-6, 6-three victory over Argentina s Guido Pella.

"He started out nicely and changed into dictating play from the baseline," 32-year-old Djokovic stated of Goffin.

"things could have gone a one-of-a-kind manner if I had lost the first set but i was very thrilled with the second one and 0.33.

He introduced: "I had a difficult match within the 0.33 round (in opposition to Hubert Hurkacz). Aside from that, I ve received in directly units and performed actually well.

"It s exactly what I desired and with a bit of luck i will pass within the proper path within the semis as well."

Goffin was on top within the early tiers as he sensed the opportunity to turn out to be the primary Belgian man to make the semi-finals at a Slam due to the fact that Xavier Malisse at Wimbledon in 2002.

He broke for a 4-three lead but 15-time Slam winner Djokovic then reeled off the following 9 video games, taking the first set, and the second in which he allowed the Belgian just four factors on his serve.

the contest become over by the time Djokovic broke for a three-1 lead inside the 1/3 set.

"Even if you play properly, it s not sufficient because he maintains to play deep, close from the road, left, proper. He changed into everywhere," stated a shattered Goffin.

Bautista Agut, 31, booked his first look in a Slam final-four on the twenty seventh attempt by way of seeing off Pella, who had in no way previously reached 1 / 4-very last on the majors.

"Novak is the number one within the international and he s gambling virtually nicely on grass," said Bautista Agut, who has a three-7 document against the Serb.

however, two of those wins got here this 12 months in Doha and Miami.