Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer faces dangerous Milos Raonic, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic also in action

On Wednesday, along with mixed doubles and women's doubles action, the men's quarter-finals will be underway

A preview of today's men's quarter-final matches (x denotes seeded player):

Andy Murray celebrates after winning the fourth round match against Benoit Paire. Reuters

Andy Murray celebrates after winning the fourth round match against Benoit Paire. Reuters

Andy Murray (GBR x1) v Sam Querrey (USA x24)

— Defending champion Murray will retain his World No 1 ranking if he defeats Querrey, the man who ended Novak Djokovic's run as champion in 2016. Murray is bidding to make his eighth Wimbledon semi-final in the last nine years and is playing in his 10th straight quarter-final at the tournament. Murray has reached the last-eight at 24 of the last 26 Slams.

Querrey, 29, made the quarter-finals in 2016 where he lost in four sets to eventual runner-up Milos Raonic. He has sent down 99 aces, just three behind tournament leader Gilles Muller, the conqueror of Rafael Nadal.

Head-to-head: Murray leads 7-1

Gilles Muller (LUX x16) v Marin Cilic (CRO x7)

— Muller, 34, makes his maiden appearance in the last-eight after knocking out two-time champion Rafael Nadal in a five-set epic, his first win over a top five player in 23 attempts. The Luxembourg player's only other Grand Slam quarter-final came in 2008 when he lost to Federer at the US Open. Muller won the grass-court title at Hertogenbosch this summer and reached the semi-finals at Queen’s where he lost to Cilic.

Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, is in the quarter-finals for a fourth successive year. He has lost in the last-eight in each of the last three years, falling to Djokovic in 2014 and 2015, and to Federer in five-sets last year despite holding a 2-0 lead.

Head-to-head: Cilic leads 2-0

Milos Raonic (CAN x6) v Roger Federer (SUI x3)

— Federer will attempt to reach his 12th Wimbledon semi-final and stay on course for a record eighth title when he faces Raonic, the man who defeated him in the semi-finals last year. The 35-year-old is playing in his 50th Grand Slam quarter-final and is closing in on becoming the oldest champion at the All England Club in the Open era.

Raonic, the runner-up to Murray in 2016, is bidding to make the semi-finals for the third time. However, while Federer has not dropped a set, the big Canadian needed five sets to see off highly-rated German Alexander Zverev in the last-16.

Head-to-head: Federer leads 9-3

Tomas Berdych (CZE x11) v Novak Djokovic (SRB x2)

— Djokovic takes a staggering 25-2 career record over Czech 11th seed Berdych into his quarter-final as he eyes a potential semi-final duel with Federer. Second seeded Djokovic needed a medical timeout to treat a long-standing right shoulder injury in his last-16 clash with Adrian Mannarino. He also claimed a hole had opened up on the service line on the Centre Court.

Berdych hasn't defeated Djokovic since 2013 but he did triumph over the Serb at Wimbledon in the semi-finals seven years ago when the Czech finished runner-up to Nadal.

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 25-2


Published Date: Jul 12, 2017 02:44 pm | Updated Date: Jul 12, 2017 02:44 pm


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