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Federer overcomes shaky start to join Grand Slam 100 club

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The other semifinal will see four-time champion and top seed Novak Djokovic tackle Roberto Bautista Agut, the 23rd-seeded Spaniard who has made the last-four at a major for the first time.

The 31-year-old Spaniard, who is due to get married in November, had to have a rethink about his stag party plans before contemplating facing defending champion Novak Djokovic in Friday's semi-finals.

Djokovic won the first game of the first set before Goffin climbed back for a 4-3 lead in the set. So you can dive into the tactics like mad, or you say "it's grass-court tennis so I'm going to come out and play my tennis".

"We had everything organised already".

"My friends, six of them, are all there".

"But I feel like I am very confident this week, playing good tennis".

"Obviously things could have gone a different way", Djokovic said.

"When the players arrive here, it just becomes a magnificent stage for them to perform on".

Hoping to reach his first major semifinal, Goffin claimed three of the first four points that lasted at least 10 strokes.

"It sounds wonderful", Bautista Agut.

But it's been getting easier every year, and this week his persistence has finally paid off. Bautista Agut acknowledged as much after the match, saying, "With experience of coming year by year to the grass, I really learn more about the movement on the grass". I had a really hard match and had to manage a lot of emotions on court.

He reached the final during five consecutive Wimbledon appearances from 2006-11, winning twice, but hasn't been that far since, including a series of exits against opponents ranked 100th or worse.

Despite competing against one another for 15 years, Federer and Nadal have met only three times on grass - each a Wimbledon final.

The contest was over by the time Djokovic broke for a 3-1 lead in the third set.

But the 20-time Grand Slam victor Federer returned to formidable form in the second set, breaking his opponent's serve twice for a 5-1 lead.

"I had to definitely make some adjustments and stay with him".

"He is very solid from baseline".

"Rafa really can hurt anybody on any surface", Federer said.

"I don't know", Murray answered, mimicking previous replies he'd given this week. "Most of the rallies went his way". Despite hailing from the land of the greatest claycourters in history, Bautista Agut has never had the most consistent results on dirt. I think the ball doesn't do as much as on the clay so when Rafa hits a big spin to the backhand of Roger, Roger is here and I think now it's going to be shoulder height and maybe a little bit lower even.

"He was playing well", Djokovic said of Goffin. The World No.1, using his switchblade shots, shred the Belgian's challenge in the Wimbledon tennis championships on Wednesday.

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