Roger Federer: 'The start of match against Kei Nishikori was brutal'

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Roger Federer: 'The start of match against Kei Nishikori was brutal'

Roger Federer defeated Kei Nishikori in four sets to reach the Wimbledon semifinals. In a press conference, the Swiss player said: "It was difficult. The beginning was brutal. Kei came out was smashing return winners. I had to try and stay with him and try to turn around the first set but Kei was the better player.

In the second I had to get the lead and protect it. I just think at the end I served really well and I did that until the very end. It was a great serving performance against a very good return player." On his next match against Rafael Nadal, Federer added: "We have a lot of information on Rafa and so does he on us.

You can either dive into tactics or you can say 'you know what it's grass court tennis and play attacking tennis' If he can defend that then great for him. I know people always hype it up in a big way and we had some brutal conditions in Paris when I played him on his favourite court.

I would of course love to play against him here. Things are looking good for him and I am excited to play against him but I will treat it as any other match." Novak Djokovic expects a tough match against Roberto Bautista Agut in the Wimbledon semifinals on Friday.

Following his straight-set win over David Goffin, the Serbian player said: "I lost to Bautista Agut the last couple of times we played. He has a really solid game and doesn't make many mistakes. He keeps the ball low and flat which on grass benefits him.

He is very consistent and focussed player, he doesn't have any setbacks. And against Pella too, he has ousted a couple of top favourites and finalist from last year in Kevin Anderson. Whoever I get to play isn't ranked in top 15 of the world but I have tonnes of respect for both of them and I look forward to it."