July 21, 2019
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Federer reaches Wimbledon quarterfinals for 17th time

London, Jul 8 (efe-epa).- Switzerland's Roger Federer rolled to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Italy's Matteo Berrettini on Monday, booking a quarterfinals spot at Wimbledon for the 17th time in his storied career.

"I've got into a great groove and today I was able to read his serve, get returns back in and take control from the baseline," the 37-year-old Federer said.

The Swiss great, who has won eight titles at the All England Club, has now won 99 matches at Wimbledon and made 55 Grand Slam quarterfinals appearances.

Federer, winner of a record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, will face Japan's Kei Nishikori, who grinded out a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin, in the quarterfinals.

Federer and Nishikori have played 10 times, with the Swiss notching seven wins.

The two men last met at the 2018 ATP Finals in London, where Nishikori beat Federer in the group phase.

In 2014, Federer defeated Nishikori in Halle in their only meeting on grass.

Federer and Spain's Rafael Nadal are tied for the most wins this season at 36.

If Federer beats Nishikori and Nadal prevails over American Sam Querrey in his quarterfinals match, the two tennis superstars will meet at Wimbledon for the fourth time.

Nadal beat Federer in what many consider the greatest match of all time, the 2008 Wimbledon final that the Spaniard took on grass, the Swiss great's favorite surface.

On June 7, Nadal, playing on his favorite surface, rolled to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Federer in the semifinals at the French Open, the only Grand Slam event played on clay.

The 33-year-old Nadal went on to beat Austria's Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in the final in Paris, winning his record-extending 12th French Open title and bringing his Grand Slam haul to 18 titles. EFE

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