We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 08:56 | 11/7/19

Federer and Nadal excited about rematch


Roger Federer is looking forward to facing Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semi-final on Friday but admits he is wary of the task ahead.

Federer defeated Kei Nishikori in four sets to book his place in the last four, while Nadal was a straight sets winner over Sam Querry and the two rivals will go head-to-head at SW19 for the first time in 11 years.

On that occasion it was the Spaniard who prevailed in an epic final in 2008 but Federer is looking forward to having the opportunity to gain revenge on his long-time rival.

"He has improved so much over the years on this surface. He's playing also very different than he used to," Federer said.

"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.

"It's impressive to see how sort of healthy he's stayed. A lot of them are saying, 'Oh, it's the end', by 2008. Similar to me in 2009. We're still here. So it's nice to play each other again."

Nadal, meanwhile, is delighted to be back in the last four and is excited at the prospect of facing Federer.

"It's a great feeling to be back in the semi-finals, be able to be playing at this level of tennis is great news," he said.

"Now to play against Roger always is a unique situation. I'm excited to be back on this court against him after 11 years. It means a lot for me and probably for him, too.

"I'm excited about this match, excited about this opportunity. Always I say the same: of course, the opportunities to play against each other every time are less, but we are still here.

"I just expect to play against probably the best player of the history on this surface, and I know that I have to play my best if I want to have chances to try to be in that final.

"I know he's playing well. He feels comfortable here. And me, too. I'm playing well."

Wimbledon continues on eir sport 1 until Sunday, 14 July. Subscribe here

Getty Images

Wimbledon Day 11 - Order of Play

08:54 | 1/7/19

It's men's semi-final day at Wimbledon with Novak Djokovic taking on Roberto Bautista Agut before Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer renew rivalry at SW19.


Djokovic seals final berth

16:58 | 12/7/19

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is through to his sixth Wimbledon final after a 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista Agut.


Federer overcomes Nadal to reach decider

20:19 | 12/7/19

Roger Federer will bid for a ninth title when he faces Novak Djokovic in Sunday's Men's final at Wimbledon after edging great rival Rafael Nadal in four sets.


Williams on the verge of history

18:50 | 11/7/19

Serena Williams is just one win away from equalling Margaret Court's Grand Slam title record of 24 after she booked her place in Saturday's Wimbledon final with...


Halep reaches Wimbledon decider

15:32 | 11/7/19

Simona Halep needed just 72 minutes to book her place in the Wimbledon final for the first time in her career.


What’s in the eir sport pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action, with all 48 games from the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Guinness PRO14 , SSE Airtricity League,  Allianz Leagues GAA, Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Golf, and much more.