Not only is Calvert releasing his victor and three confident prop picks, he's also including his best bets for the first semifinal featuring Novak Djokovic vs. Roberto Bautista Agut. "Well, I like to play against (an) opponent like this, to play a match with a lot of rallies". And the first time it happened, in 2008, he won the title after beating Federer in a five-set marathon. No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal, approximately 10:30 a.m.
Roger Federer chalked up another monumental milestone to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday, recovering to beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4 and become the first man to record a century of singles wins at any Grand Slam. The last time that both men met at Centre Court of the All England Club was in the 2008 final when Nadal edged Federer 9-7 in the fifth set of one of the greatest matches in tennis history to win his first Wimbledon title. Against Nadal. these numbers drop to 47% and 39% respectively, and 59% and 71% against Federer. Over his last three matches, he's created 35 break points and converted 16 of them.
To play an elite ATP tournament once in a career, you have to beat nearly all other rivals on the Tour in particular season, which is never easy, but to do that for 15 years in a row is something remarkable that only Nadal has managed to achieve in every season since 2005!
Defending champion Novak Djokovic has swept past David Goffin of Belgium in straight sets to storm into the semi-finals for the ninth time.
"Hopefully I can execute everything I intend to do". Still, oddsmakers list the 33-year old Spaniard as the -130 favorite (risk $130 to win $100), with the 37-year old Swiss legend going off at +110 (risk $100 to win $110) in the latest Federer vs. Nadal odds.
That said, he does have the game to make Djokovic work very hard indeed, with this low bouncing surface giving his flat forehand in particular some assistance even against a defender like Djokovic.
However, the unheralded Spaniard, who had to cancel plans for his stag party in Ibiza as a effect of his run to the semi-finals, has defeated Djokovic twice in 2019, in Doha and Miami. Djokovic is in top form and hasn't dropped a set this fortnight. As a youngster, Bautista Agut was a player at Villarreal's youth academy and played for them until the age of fourteen, following which he took up tennis full time. "I remember back in the day how he used to serve, and now how much bigger he's serving, how much faster he finishes points". Rafa really can hurt anybody on any surface. "And if he can't, well, then, that's good for me". "He's not just a clay-court specialist, we know".