The 2017 Wimbledon semi-finals are finally upon us! After a tumultuous two weeks, only four men are left standing. They will now fight for a place in the most coveted final in all of professional tennis.
Sam Querrey, who eliminated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round, may have caused the upset of the tournament when he ousted defending champion and World No. 1 Andy Murray in their five-set quarterfinal match 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-1, 6-1. He will now be playing in his first career Grand Slam semi-final—a first for an American man since Andy Roddick.
Marin Cilic joined the final four with a win over Gilles Muller of Luxemburg 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-5, 5-7, 6-1, who gave Cilic almost as hard a time as he gave Rafael Nadal (no. 4 seed) in the previous round. The 2014 US Open champion is the first Croatian to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since 2004.
Querrey will be out for revenge on the Wimbledon grass. In 2012, the two went head-to-head in the third round. At the close of their marathon match of 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-7(3), 17-15, it was Cilic came out the winner. The pair have met four times in their careers and Cilic has always had the upper hand.
On the hunt for his 19th Grand Slam title, Roger Federer has shown no mercy on the grass courts of the All England Lawn and Tennis Club. On his way to the semi-finals, he defeated Mischa Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic without dropping a set.
Tomas Berdych benefited from a rather easy semi-final berth when Novak Djokovic was forced to retire due to an elbow injury, after having to eliminate rising star Dominic Thiem in the previous round. The Czech, who played in the semi-finals of last year’s tournament, will be vying for a spot in the final for the first time since 2010.
Federer and Berdych have faced each other a total of 24 times. The Swiss leads their head-to-head with 18 wins. But when the two met in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2010, it was Berdych who earned the victory.