Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Plenty At Stake As Big Three Eye Semi-Finals

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Defending champion Andy Murray will be in first place in the Wimbledon semifinals on Wednesday and Roger Federer will be out of the game with Novak Djokovic catching a shoulder injury.

Adding a special spice to Wednesday's drama is raising concerns about the state of the famous English club Central Court. According to Djokovic, a hole was created.

Murray faces Sam Querrey, who has played a big role in the eighth Wimbledon semi-final over the past nine years.

The world number one ranking went into the tenth consecutive quarter-finals of the tournament and advanced to the quarter-finals in 24 out of 26 games.

He leads Querrey 7-1 with the only victory of a 29-year-old American in Los Angeles seven years ago.

Murray also won the previous set in Wimbledon in the fourth round of 2010.

However, the two champions will not underestimate a player who knocked out Joe Kovic in the third round 12 months ago.

"Sam likes the condition, it's definitely a big service," he said. Murray has spent eight years in spite of his worries about hip injuries. "When he hits a forehand, he's a very dangerous player."

Querrey went to the quarter-finals in 2016 and was defeated by Milos Raonic, second in the fourth set.

He needed two sets of five-match matches to watch the last eight of France's 12th seeds, Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Kevin Anderson.

Querrie sent 99 ace after Rafael Nadal's conqueror, Gilles Muller.

With Nadal out of the picture, Murray will be the world's number one win on Wednesday.

Federer will be on course for the record eighth victory when he attempts to advance to the 12th Wimbledon semi-final and face Raonic.

The 35-year-old Swiss star, however, has proven that Federer will be the last game of his last season, guarding the sixth seed Canada in the semi-finals of 2016.

Federer drove the Raonic 9-3 to a head-to-head meeting and set the 50th Grand Slam quarter-finals without dropping the set.

"I did not have the toughest games, I can look at this quarterfinal in a totally relaxed way, knees last season and I will not fight physically." Federer worked hard to become the oldest champion in the open era .

Raonic, who was second in Murray last year, bid for the third time to advance to the semifinals.

But although Federer did not drop the set, the big Canadians needed five sets to see the high-class Alexander Zverev in the last 16 games.

Djokovic renewed his 25-2 record in the semifinals against Federer to Tomas Berdych at 11th place in the Czech Republic.

The second seed, Djokovic, needed a medical timeout to cure an old right shoulder injury in a clash with the 16th Adrian Mannarino.

He also insisted that a hole was opened in the Center Court service line.

"The court is not good this year - I played in a better court," Djokovic said.

Berdych has not won Djokovic since 2013, but seven years ago the Czech won against Serbia in Wimbledon in the semi-finals of the Nadal runners-up.

Another tie of the day, 34-year-old Müller, made his maiden appearance during the last eight years after knocking Nadal down.

The only Grand Slam quarter-finals of the Luxembourg players came in 2008, when he lost to US Open Federer.

He chased the last eight opponents, Marin Cilic, 2-0, but he did well in the grass this summer and after s-Hertogenbosch, he made his way from Queen's Cilic to the semi-finals.

Cilic, a US Open champion in 2014, has been in the quarter-finals for four consecutive years.

He has lost eight times each in the last three years. In 2014 and 2015, he fell to Djokovic and Federer went ahead 2-0.

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