This year’s Wimbledon quarter-finalists include an attractive mix of reigning and former champions, grass-court experts and veterans enjoying the biggest moments of their careers. All four quarter-finals feature match-ups that have become regular occurrences on the ATP World Tour, ensuring there will be no secrets when the players take the court on Wednesday.
Perhaps the most intriguing match of the day pits third seed Federer against sixth seed Raonic in a rematch of their 2016 Wimbledon semi-final, which saw the Canadian prevail in five sets. Federer leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 9-3 and the pair have split their two Wimbledon matches, with Federer scoring a straight-sets win in the 2014 semi-finals.
Federer, contesting his 100th match at Wimbledon, has sailed into the last eight without losing a set. Meanwhile, Raonic nearly went two sets down in his second-round match with Mikhail Youzhny and survived a marathon five-setter with 10th seed Alexander Zverev. The Canadian hasn’t defeated a player inside the Top 5 of the Emirates ATP Rankings since his win over Federer last year, but is finally healthy after his right leg struggles throughout much of 2017 and playing his best tennis.
The top seed and defending champion carries a 25-match win streak against Americans into his quarter-final showdown with Querrey. He leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head 7-1 and has won their past three matches. Murray also defeated Querrey in their lone match on grass at Wimbledon in 2010.
After surviving an epic third-round clash with 28th seed Fabio Fognini, Murray appears to have found a new level in his game. His consistency is back in full swing, with the Brit hitting just seven errors in his straight-sets win over Benoit Paire to reach the last eight.
If Murray wins, he will remain as World No. 1 when the newest standings are released on Monday. He’ll drop to No. 2 if he loses to Querrey and Djokovic takes the title.
Querrey has already scored a win over a World No. 1 at Wimbledon with his victory last year over Novak Djokovic and is eager for a repeat this fortnight. Buoyed by his serve and forehand, the American has shown impressive mental resilience in surviving back-to-back five-set matches over 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kevin Anderson to reach the quarter-finals. But should this match run long, fitness may come into play since Querrey has logged far more time on court than Murray.
If the American prevails, he’ll top the list for most attempts before reaching a maiden Grand Slam semi-final (42).
Although Djokovic leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head against Berdych 25-2 and has won their past 12 matches, the Czech player beat Djokovic in the 2010 Wimbledon semi-finals. Berdych has always found a way to raise his game on the lawns of the All England Club and has looked sharp this fortnight, particularly in his five-set win over eighth seed Dominic Thiem in the fourth round.
Djokovic has continued to build on his title win at the Aegon International (d. Monfils), racing into the quarter-finals without losing a set. With 1992 Wimbledon champion Andre Agassi imparting grass-court wisdom into his ear, the Serbian is displaying the level of tennis that has brought him three titles here.
If the second seed prevails on Wednesday, he’ll surpass Jimmy Connors at second on the all-time list for most Grand Slam semi-final appearances with 32.
Cilic and Muller faced off last month on grass in the semi-finals of the Aegon Championships, with the Croatian prevailing in three sets. They’ve both racked up the most grass-court match wins at tour-level of any player this season, with Muller going 11-1 and Cilic posting a 10-2 record.
Cilic has been dominant with his serve all tournament long, hammering 70 aces as he raced into the quarter-finals without losing a set. Using that shot to set up his potent forehand, he’s continued to apply pressure on his opponents that allow him multiple opportunities to break.
Muller will be riding high after his epic five-set win over Nadal on Monday. His big lefty serve and penchant for serve-and-volley tennis is tailor made for grass, as evidenced by him prevailing last month at the Ricoh Open (d. Karlovic). He’s playing the best tennis of his career at age 34, sitting at a career-high No. 26 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. But after an emotionally charged win over Nadal that took nearly five hours, it remains to be seen how much Muller will have left in the tank if this match also runs long.