Federer Nadal set up blockbuster Wimbledon semifinal

first_imgLondon: Swiss legend Roger Federer rallied from a set down to defeat Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and set up a showdown in the Wimbledon semifinals against arch-rival Rafael Nadal, a contest that will be their first at the Cathedral of Tennis since the epic 2008 men’s singles final. Nadal also struggled in the early going of his quarterfinal match on Wednesday against American Sam Querrey before finding a higher gear to win 7-5, 6-2, 6-2, reports Efe news. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together With his 100th match victory at the Wimbledon, the most he has recorded at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments, 37-year-old Federer set up the dream contest once more against Nadal that fans have been waiting for ever since the draw was unveiled. Ahead of that contest, Federer told the media he expected a different match than the ones they played at Wimbledon more than a decade ago. Last month the two met in another epic clash at the Roland Garros, where the Spaniard defeated the Swiss veteran. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “(He has) improved so much over the years on this surface. He’s playing also very different than he used to. We haven’t played each other in a long, long time on this surface. He’s serving way different. I remember back in the day how he used to serve, and now how much bigger he’s serving, how much faster he finishes points,” the Swiss said. When Federer and Nadal meet in Friday’s match, it will be their first match at Wimbledon since the 2008 final, when the Spaniard held off a thrilling comeback by the Swiss to win 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (8-10), 9-7. That contest was the longest final ever at Wimbledon and — considering the occasion and the pedigree of the two competitors — is widely considered the greatest match in tennis history. Prior to that match-up, Federer — winner of a record eight Wimbledon men’s singles titles — had defeated Nadal in the 2006 and 2007 finals at the All England Club. The legendary status of Federer and Nadal has only increased since 2008, with the Swiss now holding the record for most Grand Slam men’s singles titles with 20 and the Spaniard currently in second place all time with 18. The winner of the Federer-Nadal blockbuster though may not even be the favourite in Sunday’s final. Serbian world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was in sublime form in brushing aside Belgium’s David Goffin on Wednesday and will be the heavy favourite when he takes on Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut in Friday’s other men’s singles semifinal.last_img read more

PO cancels Gulf cruises out of fear its ships could be targeted

Boris Johnson and other UK ministers are also urging Australia to send warships to join the task force. Mr Johnson made the request in a call with Scott Morrison, Australia’s prime minister.  “The Australian Government remains very concerned about the increased tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, and we are considering the American request, and also now the request from the United Kingdom, but we have not yet made any decision,” said Linda Reynolds, the Australian defence minister.  The HMS Duncan has been deployed to the region by the UK Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The HMS Duncan has been deployed to the region by the UK to protect shippingCredit:Ben Sutton/MoD/PA However, if Iran were to seize a civilian cruise ship with hundreds of British tourists aboard it would be a major escalation in the crisis.  The decision by P&O highlights how some ship owners have begun to see their associations with the UK as a potential risk when sailing in the Persian Gulf.  No owners have yet taken the step of removing the British flag and swapping it for a neutral country. But the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), which is responsible for registering British-flagged ships, acknowledged fears among ship owners.“We are aware that some customers will have concerns over the ongoing situation, they trust us to discuss these issues with them in confidence and feedback any concerns to our colleagues in government,” the MCA said.  The P&O ship in the Persian Gulf, Oceana, is registered in Bermuda and therefore flies the Red Ensign, a red flag with the Union Jack in its top-left corner. The Red Ensign is different from the UK flag but P&O were concerned its clear associations with Britain could draw Iranian attention.  Britain announced this week it was joining a US-led naval mission to protect civilian ships in the Persian Gulf.  The 23 crew members of the Stena Impero are still being held by Iran. None of the crew are UK citizens, meaning the British government is under little public pressure to take drastic action to secure their release.  P&O Cruises has cancelled its cruises in the Persian Gulf over fears that its British ships could be potential targets for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The cruise line said it had decided to call off all trips in the region until next year amid the continuing standoff between Britain and Iran over the seizure of tankers. “The increased tension in the region highlighted by the attacks on tankers in the Straits and the detention of a British-flagged tanker by the Iranian authorities means as a British company flying the Red Ensign it is not advisable for us to maintain our planned Dubai and Arabian Gulf programme this winter season,” said Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises.“Whilst we appreciate our guests will be disappointed, the safety of our guests and crew is absolutely paramount and given our UK status, coupled with the uncertainty in the region, we have had to make this difficult decision.”The cruise line said all guests would be fully refunded and would consider returning to the region in 2020 if the political situation calmed. Iran seized the Stena Impero, a British-flagged oil tanker, in July in response to the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar.  The Stena Impero has been held by Iran for several weeks The Stena Impero has been held by Iran for several weeksCredit:Morteza Akhoondi  read more