The first four rounds of Wimbledon have now come and gone. In the opening rounds, we saw two top 5 seeds fall along with some young guns who are eager to prove that they deserve their spot at the top break through.
The gentlemen’s quarter-finals will begin on Wednesday, so let’s take a look at the upcoming match-ups at the All-England Club.
First, we begin at the top of the draw with the No. 1 seed and reigning champion Andy Murray. While he arguably may have had the easiest path to the quarter-finals, the Brit needed to remain consistent against a plethora of tricky opponents, including the eccentric Fabio Fognini. On Wednesday, Murray will face American Sam Querrey, who is no stranger to upsetting a top seed at Wimbledon. Querrey’s performances at the All-England Club had not been particularly notable until last year when he ousted World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round, which ended the Serbian’s run of 30 consecutive Grand Slam match wins. Murray has won seven of his eight career meetings against Querrey.
The second quarter-final match will feature Gilles Muller, who knocked out Rafael Nadal in an epic five set thriller which lasted just under five hours. Monday’s victory was Muller’s second win over the tournament’s fourth seed and recent French Open champion. He had previously ousted the Spaniard in the second round at Wimbledon in 2005. In Wednesday’s quarter-final match, Muller will face the tournament’s seventh seed Marin Cilic, who has had a successful grass court season and has breezed through his draw so far. He will be making his fourth quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon.
In the bottom half of the draw, we will see a blockbuster match-up between seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and reigning finalist Milos Raonic. After ousting Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the third round, the Canadian faced 20-year-old Alexander Zverev in the Round of 16 and needed five sets to overcome the fast rising star. While Federer leads their head to head 9-3, Raonic has won their last two encounters, including the semifinals at Wimbledon last year. Although it was not his first victory against the Swiss Maestro, it was the most significant, as he moved on to play in his first Grand Slam final. Raonic will have the tough task of ousting a Federer who is in top shape, having won the Australian Open earlier this year as well as Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells and Miami.
In the last quarter-final match, Novak Djokovic will face Tomas Berdych. Although he has yet to drop a set, Djokovic experienced some difficulties in closing out his third and fourth round matches. For his part, Berdych faced his toughest task in the fourth round, where he edged out Dominic Thiem in five sets. The Czech was a Wimbledon finalist in 2010. The Serbian is looking to regain his dominant form after a slow start to the 2017 season.
These final rounds are poised to deliver some exceptional tennis.
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