Will it be Federer-Murray showdown? Here’s a look at Wimbledon QF clashes
Federer will face ninth-seeded Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals, while Murray will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Here’s a look at the four men’s quarterfinal matches.Wimbledon 2016 Updated: Jul 06, 2016 13:50 IST
Roger Federer and Andy Murray are closing in on another Wimbledon final.
Federer, a seven-time champion from Switzerland, is 34 and still looking to make history at the All England Club by winning a record eighth title.
The 29-year-old Murray already made his mark in 2013, becoming the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.
The pair are on opposite sides of the draw, so if they win quarterfinals Wednesday, and then semifinals on Friday, they would meet each other for the title Sunday.
“I hope I can win Wimbledon one more time,” said Federer, who beat Murray in the 2012 final. “That would be nice.”
That would also be an understatement.
Both Pete Sampras and 1880s player William Renshaw have won seven Wimbledon titles, but no one has eight. The only male player at any Grand Slam tournament with that many is Rafael Nadal, who has won the French Open nine times.
Federer will face ninth-seeded Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals, while Murray will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. If Federer advances, he will equal Jimmy Connors’ record of 11 Wimbledon semifinal appearances.
In the other men’s quarterfinal matches, sixth-seeded Milos Raonic will face 28th-seeded Sam Querrey, and 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych will play Lucas Pouille.
Querrey knocked defending champion Novak Djokovic out of the tournament in the third round.
Here’s a look at the four men’s quarterfinal matches:
Federer vs Cilic
Federer is 5-1 against Cilic, but it’s the one loss that still hurts.
Cilic routed Federer in straight sets in the Us Open semifinals in 2014, the last time the two players met on court.
“These things happen. It’s OK to get blown off the court,” Federer said. “I never fully played freely in the match. But that was to his credit for just keeping cranking out serves and big returns.”
Cilic ended up winning his first major title at that tournament in New York. He’s hoping to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time.
Murray vs Tsonga
Tsonga has twice reached the Wimbledon semifinals, including beating Federer in the 2011 quarterfinals.
Murray, however, has beaten Tsonga in 11 of their last 12 matches, including four times on grass.
“I know Tsonga is one of the best grass court players in the world,” said Murray, who is 6-2 in Wimbledon quarterfinals. “If he plays well (and) I’m not on my game, I can lose that match for sure.”
Raonic vs Querrey
Querrey is playing the tournament of his life, reaching the quarterfinals of a major for the first time while beating top-ranked Djokovic along the way.
“I think he (Querrey) must be doing great things,” said Raonic, who recovered from two sets down to reach the quarterfinals. “I’m sure he sent a message to other players, as well, that he’s ready to play.”
Querrey beat Raonic at Wimbledon in 2012, when the Canadian was just 21. In 2014, Raonic advanced to the semifinals, where he lost to Federer.
Berdych vs Pouille
Berdych is the only player left in the men’s draw that won’t have a rest day before the quarterfinals.
The 10th-seeded Czech was forced to finish his fourth-round match against Jiri Vesely on Tuesday because play was suspended by darkness the night before.
“With the recovery, I think it was actually a good day to play a set. It’s like a day of practice,” Berdych said. “I’m quite used to it actually. I’m doing it day by day, so that’s fine.”
Pouille, a 22-year-old Frenchman, is playing in the second week of a major tournament for the first time. He had been 0-4 on grass heading into Wimbledon, but he’s now 4-4.
“Before the tournament,” Pouille said, “(my goal) was to win one match on grass.”
First Published: Jul 06, 2016 13:50 IST