Hands in the air! We are going to get a remake of what a humongous part of the tennis population considers the best tennis match ever played. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have both advanced to the Wimbledon semi-finals with wins over Sam Querrey and Kei Nishikori respectively and will face each other on Friday for the first time at the All England Club since 2008.
While we prepare the popcorn for the upcoming clash, let’s pause, rewind, and replay some of today’s unexpected moments at The Championships. Two years ago, Rafael Nadal hit a strong opponent -- and his head -- in the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Ousted by Gilles Muller after having banged his skull during his pre-match warm-up, the Spaniard wanted to make sure that such misfortune would not happen to him again. When he was about to step into his first-round match against Yuichi Sugita, the World No.
2 checked the space above him before effectuating his characteristic jumps, just to make sure. On Wednesday, it was Nadal’s Sam Querrey who made sure, through hand signs, that the 33-year-old watched for himself. Later the same day, Roger Federer collected his 100th triumph at Wimbledon, a stat that, as he confessed to BBC, did not wander in his mind until much later after the accomplishment.
The Swiss legend was in a good mood, while Kei Nishikori understandably wasn’t. Still, the World No. 7 surprised during his post-match conference with the media: no questions were answered in English, which is unexpected after a quarter-finals Major match.
The player who however provided a good time in the press room is Roberto Bautista-Agut. The Spaniard, who bypassed Guido Pella in four sets, is soon getting married -- and fun fact: he is missing his bachelor party in Ibiza!
While six of his friends have gone on to celebrate anyway, the Wimbledon semi-finalist confessed that this deep run in the main draw is much better. He also added that his friends will fly to England to support him when he will play against the first seed, Novak Djokovic, on Friday.
On a less cheerful note, the All England Club bid goodbye to Murena -- Serena Williams herself adopted that pair name, and as Andy Murray said, “I think Serena is the boss so whatever she says goes”. During the press conference, the American decided to highlight the fact that her British teammate always gets asked the same questions… So she asked them herself, as part of the media talk.
To conclude, we would like to congratulate Robert Lindstedt for still being able to walk around as Jelena Ostapenko adds another body-hit to her series. Once again, she fired a 93 mph serve to the back of her partner’s head during the mixed doubles.
The pair makes it to the next round with a win against John Peers and Shuai Zhang -- which may not be entirely positive for the Swedish, due to his partner’s preferred aim these days.