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Wimbledon: How to watch Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal semifinal, betting odds

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Alex Butler
Spain’s Rafael Nadal snapped a six-match losing streak to Roger Federer with a win in the 2019 French Open semifinals. He owns a 24-15 career record against Federer. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI
Spain’s Rafael Nadal snapped a six-match losing streak to Roger Federer with a win in the 2019 French Open semifinals. He owns a 24-15 career record against Federer. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

July 11 (UPI) -- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet for the 30th time in a Wimbledon semifinal matchup Friday in London.

Nadal is 24-19 against his Swiss counterpart. Federer is 2-1 against Nadal at Wimbledon, with Nadal winning their most-recent matchup in five sets in 2008.

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"He has improved so much over the years on this surface," Federer said of Nadal. "He is playing very different than he used to. We have been playing each other for a long time on this surface.

"He is serving way different. I remember back in the day how he used to serve and now how much bigger he is serving and how much faster he is finishing points."

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Federer, 37, advanced to the semifinals by beating Kei Nishikori in four sets. Nadal, 33, beat American Sam Querrey in straight sets in his quarterfinal bout.

Nadal -- widely-regarded as the world's best clay court player -- has two Wimbledon titles. Federer has eight titles at the All-England Club.

"I expect to play against probably the best player in history on this [grass] surface and I know i have to play my best if i want to have a chance to be in the final," Nadal said. "I know he is playing well and feels conformable here. I am playing well here too."

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Nadal is the betting favorite to win the match. Novak Djokovic has the best odds (-165) at winning the Wimbledon men's singles title, according to BetOnline.AG. Nadal is the second best bet to win the Grand Slam at +325. FanDuel has Nadal as a -128 favorite to beat Federer, who has +108 odds at winning the match.

"It's about how he has played so far and how I've played so far," Federer said. "I hope it goes my way. It's going to be tough. Rafa can really hurt anybody on any surface. He's that good."

How to watch

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What: 2019 Wimbledon Men's Semifinal

Who: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal

When: 10 a.m. EDT Friday

Where: All-England Club, London, England

TV: ESPN, BBC One, BBC Two

Livestream: WatchESPN

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