Roger Federer reaches semifinals after winning 100th Wimbledon match

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Djokovic, the defending champion, will be first on Centre Court against David Goffin, and eight-time champion Federer follows against Kei Nishikori.

Federer, who won 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4 and now faces Rafa Nadal in a mouthwatering contest, was so poor in the first set that the eighth-seeded Nishikori may have felt the 37-year-old Swiss's advancing years had finally caught up with him.

JL: Of course, Nadal was the clear favorite on clay at the French Open but when it comes to the Wimbledon grass, the turf is Federer's. Federer's game is less reliant on a big serve, but Nadal needs to take advantage of any break chances.

Bautista Agut is a rugged and reliable performer in Grand Slams and a regular visitor to the third and fourth rounds.

"Overall, I'm just very happy how I'm hitting the ball, " Federer said.

In the blink of an eye, the impostor who had seemingly replaced Federer in the early games was nowhere to be seen as the real deal strode out for the second set and promptly won 12 points in a row to take a 3-0 lead.

Jamie Lisanti: I know it's hard for all of us watching to not think about the monumental, "greatest tennis match ever played" battle between Federer and Nadal in the 2008 Wimbledon final, so there's no doubt it's going to be on the minds of both players on Friday-but particularly for Federer.

"It's special. It's been a lot of years I've been coming here".

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Next up is Bautista Agut, who made his first Grand Slam semi-final with a 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Argentina's Guido Pella.

"It was hard. The beginning was brutal - Kei came out smashing return winners and I had to make some adjustments trying to turn it around in that first set".

The Serb said: "I like an Italian wine - Sassicaia". His serve was broken only once, in the 77th game of a 77-game match, with Federer triumphing 5-7 7-6 7-6 3-6 16-14 after four hours and 17 minutes. "He was everywhere", said a shattered Goffin. Federer is the first player to win 100 matches at one Grand Slam tournament.

"The beginning, " Federer said, "was brutal".

Djokovic reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the ninth time, racking up his 70th career win at the All England Club in the process.

"I've been playing the best tennis in this tournament in the last two rounds".

"He was dictating the play from the baseline", Djokovic said afterward.

The crowd sat dumbfounded as Nishikori despatched a delicate volley to break in the opening game and watched on bemused as the Japanese created another three break points in the third game and one more in the fifth. I think he's got one of the best backhands in the game that we have right now.

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