Though the tie - the first game especially - was tougher than expected, Chong Wei was satisfied with his performance.
|Lee Chong Wei didn't have it easy against P. Kashyap of India in the quarter-finals. Pix: Khairul Ghazali|
"I am improving with every match and this augurs well for the semi-finals," said Chong Wei, who needed 44 minutes to seal a second successive semi-final appearance at the Olympics.
"I am looking forward to the semi-finals despite knowing that Chen Long has improved tremendously."
National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek said Chong Wei will need to be aggressive against Chen Long in Friday's tie.
|Chong Wei must control the tempo of the match against Chen Long.|
Chen Long beat Peter Gade of Denmark 21-16, 21-13 in their quarter-final.
Chong Wei's nemesis and reigning champion Lin Dan also struggled in his quarter-final, needing three games to beat Sho Sasaki of Japan 21-12, 16-21, 21-16.
China. already reeling from the match-manipulation scandal, suffered another blow when Lee Hyun Il of South Korea upset Chen Jin 21-15, 21-16 to seal a meeting with Lin Dan on Friday.
Friday's men's singles semi-finals will start at 8.30pm (Malaysian time).
VIJESH RAI - NST