Federer beat Kei Nishikori 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4 for his 100th match win at the All England Club, while Nadal beat Sam Querrey 7-5 6-2 6-2. In 2008, Nadal won 9-7 in the fifth set against Federer in a rain-affected final that spanned nearly seven hours. Together, they have won 10 Wimbledon titles between them.
“We have a lot of information on Rafa, as does he on us,” said eight-time champion Federer, who in beating Japanese eighth seed Nishikori became the first player in history to win 100 men’s singles matches at a single Grand Slam event. “So you can dive into the tactics like mad for two days, or you say ‘it’s grass court tennis so I’m going to come out and play my tennis’.
“People always hype it up. It was a joy to play against Rafa on his court at the French Open and [I’m] very excited to play him here.”