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LONG-LASTING RIVALRY:Roger Federer’s victory over Kei Nishikori set up his 40th career match — and just fourth Wimbledon encounter — against Rafael Nadal

Staff writer, with CNA and AFP, LONDON

However, 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer roared back, leveling the quarter-final with breaks in the second and sixth games of a 22-minute second set.

It was more of the same in the third as Federer found his range with a break for 4-3 before taking the set on a fourth set point.

Nishikori visibly wilted, saving two break points in the fifth game of the fourth set before fatally cracking in the ninth.

Federer hit 12 aces and 55 winners in a commanding display.

“It was difficult. The beginning was brutal. Kei came out and was smashing return winners,” Federer said. “I had to definitely make some adjustments and stay with him. It was really important for me to get the lead in the second set and protect it.”

“Usually Kei is a great rhythm player. I just think at the end I served really good. It was a good serving performance today against a great return player,” he added.

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