Roger Federer is now two matches away from defending his Gerry Weber Open title, but will be faced with a tough challenge in Kei Nishikori on Saturday afternoon. The Japanese No. 1 leads the head-to-head series 2-1, which includes a fantastic win earlier this season at the Sony Open. Check out the Federer vs Nishikori Head to Head.
World No. 5 Roger Federer was the second player on Friday to receive a walkthrough into the semi-final round, after Yen-Hsun Lu withdrew from their scheduled match-up with a back injury. With a shortage of tournaments ahead of the Wimbledon Championships, it is likely that Federer would have rather play a match than receive a free ride t the semi-final round.
Fourth seeded Kei Nishikori spent 80 minutes on court, where he defeated Steve Johnson 6-1, 7-6(4) to set up the clash with Federer. The Japanese saved all five break points he faced, and is now in a position to win his third title of the season.
This marks the fourth time that Federer and Nishikori will meet on the ATP tour, with the Japanese No. 1 leading the series 2-1. Nishikori won their last two consecutive encounters on the tour, which took place at the Sony Open quarter-final, and the Madrid Masteers third round last year. Federer is now looking to return the favour and topple Nishikori on the Swiss star’s preferred surface.
This is undoubtedly Federer’s biggest test on grass so far, and it is an important match to gauge the legend’s potential gameplay in a couple of weeks at Wimbledon.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Three Sets