Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning a men's quarterfinal match against United States' Sam Querrey on day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The Latest: Rafael Nadal Clinches Berth At Atp Finals

July 11, 2019 - 5:43 am

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest at Wimbledon (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

Rafael Nadal's run to the Wimbledon semifinals has allowed him to qualify for the ATP Finals for a record 15th consecutive year.

Nadal is the first man to clinch a spot in the season-ending tournament, which will be held Nov. 10-17 in London.

Novak Djokovic can also put himself in the field if he repeats as Wimbledon champion.

Nadal carries a 17-match winning streak — which includes his 12th French Open title — into his semifinal against Roger Federer at the All England Club on Friday.

Djokovic faces Roberto Bautista Agut in the other semifinal.

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1:10 p.m.

Play has started in the first women's semifinal on Centre Court between No. 7 Simona Halep and No. 8 Elina Svitolina.

Halep is a former No. 1 who won the French Open last year.

Svitolina is making her debut in a Grand Slam semifinal.

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8:10 a.m.

Back on Centre Court and back in the semifinals of a major tournament, Serena Williams will take on Barbora Strycova at Wimbledon.

Williams is trying to win an eighth title at the All England Club and a 24th Grand Slam trophy overall — an achievement that would equal Margaret Court's all-time record.

The 33-year-old Strycova had been pondering retirement this year but now is the oldest first-time major semifinalist in the professional era. It took her 53 major tournaments to get this deep.

In the first semifinal, also on Centre Court, former No. 1 Simona Halep will face Elina Svitolina.

Like Strycova, Svitolina has never before been to the final four at a major tournament.

Halep won the French Open last year and is trying to reach her fifth major final.

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