Federer ready for Djokovic Wimbledon duel
Roger Federer cannot wait to face Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals after easily beating Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court.
The Swiss sensation seemed to be back to his best in SW19 having looked out of sorts in his previous two victories over Julien Benneteau and Xavier Malisse.
And, back in the last four at the tournament he’s won six times, the world No.3 is relishing coming up against Djokovic, who had an equally easy quarter-final, beating Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.
“I thought I played great out there today,” Federer said. “[Youzhny] was down in all the sets rather quickly. I am extremely happy to be back in the semi-finals here at Wimbledon.
“I don’t think I’ve played [Djokovic] at Wimbledon, so hopefully it will be a nice match.” Federer, knocked out in the quarter-finals at the All England Club the last two years, roared to a 4-1 lead and after a short rain delay wrapped up the first set in 28 minutes.
He then broke in the first game of the second set with the aid of a lucky net-cord and, showing no sign of the back injury which hampered him in his fourth-round win over Xavier Malisse, he sauntered to a 2-0 lead.
With the sun making a rare appearance at the tournament, Federer broke Youzhny again at the start of the third set and didn’t look back.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal has revealed he will take two weeks off as he battles to be 100 per cent fit for the Olympics in London. The Spaniard, who suffered a shock second round exit at the All England Club against Lukas Rosol last week, is currently suffering from tendinitis in his knee.
The world No.2 has been forced to pull out of a charity match against Novak Djokovic in Madrid on July 14.
And the 2008 gold medallist said: “The doctors have been checking my knee and I suffer tendinitis which will have me away from any practice or matches for 15 days. [I want to] be ready for the London Games and represent Spain once again.”