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Rafael Nadal confronts Roger Federer in the 2019 Wimbledon semi-finals after defeating Sam Querrey

Rafael Nadal confronts Roger Federer in the 2019 Wimbledon semi-finals after defeating Sam Querrey

The Spanish player Rafael Nadal overcame Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in the Grand Slam quarter-finals on July 10th.

The series of eight sets not faced with Rafael Nadal's break-point ended right in the first set. The world number two player, after winning the game early to catch the ball, suffered strong resistance from Sam Querrey at the end of the set. Nadal successfully saved break-points to raise the score to 5-3, but could not stand when American rival had three more break-points in the 10th game. Querrey equalized 5-5 and put pressure on the third seed.

At a difficult time, Nadal demonstrated his bravery when he won Querrey's next game, then rescued three break-points at the game. The Spanish player delivered the ball well at key points, to win the first set 7-5.

Querrey has 14 ace shots in a set but does not serve effectively in the rest of the match. In the following two sets, the American player has a total of eight ace shots. Querrey only won 53% of the first ball in the second set and handed the ball to a 50% pitch in the third set.

Querrey's ruling games, therefore, become more fragile. Nadal is not too difficult to win the game twice in each set, thereby winning 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 after two hours and nine minutes.

Querrey lost six game handlers in the match against Nadal, six times as many as the games he handed out in the previous four rounds. Nadal excels in rivals in the persistent ball series. Owner 18 Grand Slam had 44 winner points, while Querrey had 38 (including 22 ace). The number of failed errors of Nadal (12) is much less than the number of 22 errors of 1m98 high opponent.

The 17th consecutive victory helped Nadal to enter the semi-final against Roger Federer, who won Kei Nishikori after four sets in the quarterfinals.

"It's hard to imagine this situation, but we were all in the semi-finals", Nadal said after the match. "I am very excited to face Roger Federer at Wimbledon after a long time".

Nadal also became the first player to win tickets to ATP Finals 2019 - the tournament for eight best players of the year. This is the 15th consecutive year the "King of Clay" qualifies for this tournament.