Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Will it be Federer-Murray showdown? Here’s a look at Wimbledon QF clashes
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 thefirst 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. Year of the others: Djokovic’s Wimbledon exit gives ‘hope to hopeless’ 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.