Through his official Twitter account, the Australian legend Rod Laver made his predictions for the Wimbledon semifinals. Laver wrote: "It’s hard to go past Novak to reach the Wimbledon final, there to face ... as much as I’d like to stay neutral I think Rafa has the slight edge today unless Roger can produce some of his classic wizardry.
Rafa in 5." Greg Rusedski added: "Rafa meets Roger for the 2nd slam in a row in the semis. Rafa will be the favourite due to the fact the grass courts are slower. Federer will not get enough free points in my opinion to win.
Nadal in 4/5 sets today. Djok vs Nadal final is my prediction." Richard Krajicek, speaking to Express, said: "Rafa has two big strengths - his mental strength and his speed and fitness around the court. Now the balls from Roger have a little bit more effect than they did before.
On clay, it was impossible for Roger but any other surface he has the advantage. So I think Roger would probably win in four sets." Krajicek recalled his 1996 triumph in the All England Club: "It was a great victory.
It is a long time ago. But it is still great to go to Wimbledon and being a Wimbledon champion is something you never lose and also a moment you never forget in your life. I didn't go into the tournament with a lot of confidence.
Two years before I lost in the first round. In the lead-up tournament, I lost in the quarter-finals not playing great tennis. So things were not unbelievable. But the first two rounds were easy, the third round was a bit of a struggle mentally and after that, I just played better and better.
Beating [Michael] Stich and Sampras and suddenly I was the favourite. It was a really big turnaround for me and of course, winning was a very special moment."