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Federer vs Nishikori Wimbledon live streaming, preview and tips - Federer aiming for 100th Wimbledon win in quarter-finals

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 10 Jul 2019
  • Roger Federer vs Kei Nishikori is live from Wimbledon around 3.00pm local time/BST on Wednesday
  • Federer leads their head-to-head 7-3, but Nishikori won their last clash at the 2018 ATP Finals
Roger Federer (PA Images)

Roger Federer aims for his 100th Wimbledon win and a return to the semi-finals when he comes up against Kei Nishikori on Wednesday.

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Roger Federer, the Wimbledon centurion? The great Swiss is one win away from 100 victories at the All England Club as the eight-time champion takes on eighth seed Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

After losing the opening set of his first round against Lloyd Harris, Federer has won his next 12, accounting or Harris 6-1 6-2 6-2 in the last three sets of that encounter before easing past the likes of Jay Clarke, Lucas Pouille and Matteo Berrettini to reach the quarter-finals. Berrettini had won more grass-court matches out of anyone on tour leading into Wimbledon with a title in Stuttgart and semi-final in Halle, but the Italian wasn’t up for the challenge on Manic Monday as Federer dominated the Italian, prevailing 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in just one hour and 13 minutes.

"Today was excellent. I was very happy," Federer said. "I was expecting a tough match and a close one with not many chances. It was actually quite the opposite, so that was great."

Federer is now on a nine-match winning streak after taking home the title in Halle a fortnight before Wimbledon started, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roberto Bautista Agut, Pierre-Hugues Hubert and David Goffin along the way. With two of those players also lining up in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Wednesday, Federer’s form line is looking very strong - and if he can make it past Nishikori, we could have a first ‘Fedal’ meeting at The Championships since their epic 2008 final (provided Nadal gets past Sam Querrey).

The 37-year-old, who is looking to win his first slam since the 2018 Australian Open, will also be the first player in the Open Era to win 100 matches at a Grand Slam tournament if he can defeat Nishikori - but Federer realises that the Japanese might be tougher to knock off than his previous major quarter-final appearances, where he was never a match for Novak Djokovic in Melbourne or Nadal in Paris because of multiple five-setters in the lead-up.

Kei Nishikori (PA Images)
This time however, Nishikori hasn’t played a five-setter and all of his matches have been completed before the three-hour mark.

"I think it's going to be tough, plus he's getting into quarters with a lot of energy. I remember some of the Slams recently he arrived into the later stages with maybe some tough matches going into it. So far it's been really easy for him," Federer said. "I think he's ready. I'm a big fan of his game. I think he's got one of the best backhands in the game that we have right now. He's a great return player. Solid mentally. I always thought he was a great talent."

In nine previous appearances, Nishikori had never made it past the fourth round of Wimbledon, but now the 29-year-old has made it to the quarter-finals in back-to-back years. Nishikori conquered Nick Kyrgios on his way to the last eight 12 months ago, and while he hasn’t had to face a seeded player this time, the Japanese has been efficient, taking out Thiago Monteiro, Cameron Norrie and Steve Johnson in straight sets before overcoming Mikhail Kukushkin in four on Manic Monday to earn a shot at Federer. Nishikori was on a six-match losing streak against the 20-time major champion before claiming a surprise victory in the ATP Finals group stages in London at the end of last year.

"I'm sure that I have to play good tennis to beat Roger, because he's best player on the grass," Nishikori said. "I think he seems to be playing good this week, past two weeks, so... I'm sure it's going to be tough. But I feel like I am very confident this week, playing good tennis."

Nishikori also owns wins over Federer from the 2013 Madrid Masters and 2014 Miami Masters, but they’ve only played once in a Grand Slam, with Federer prevailing in five sets during his comeback from a knee injury at the 2017 Australian Open. I really want to wish that Nishikori will give a better account of himself against a member of the Big Three in a meaningful match this time because he shouldn’t be fatigued, but I don’t see him posing any real threat to Federer. He might be able to snatch a set, but Federer is a much better grass-courter and will be confident after his thumping win over Berrettini. I’m backing the eight-time champion in three, at most four, sets.

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Federer vs Nishikori Wimbledon live streaming, preview and tips - Federer aiming for 100th Wimbledon win in quarter-finals

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