Plenty at stake as Murray, Federer, Djokovic eye semi-finals
- Author: Leroy Wright Jul 13, 2017,
Jul 13, 2017, 22:59
"He's got a good chance against Sam Querrey, who is a tough player but it's a good match-up for Andy". The Swiss champion queried what was special about the ball and Haris - a little sheepishly - said, "This is your 10,000th ace ball".
Federer eased to a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) win over Milos Raonic to become the second oldest Wimbledon semi-finalist of the Open era.
Djokovic, who has battled a form slump in the past 12 months, revealed afterwards his elbow had been troubling him on and off for "over a year and a half".
Federer skipped the clay-court season and had a hiccup in his grass-court debut in Stuttgart, dropping his opening match.
Becker thinks both players would benefit from putting their feet up, just as Federer and Nadal did past year before coming back stronger in 2017. I had a schedule to play all the time. The more I play, the worse it gets'. "I loved it. For me to spend time with the players and to be on the same court as them was a big thrill".
"I've been dealing with it for a very long time during my career".
"I don't know if I'm playing better this year than I have in '14, '15 when I had great runs at Wimbledon here".
There is nothing average about Federer, though, as he proved again on Wednesday by turning his 100th Wimbledon match into an exhibition of his magic. You can see that there's not much doubt in his mind. The serve and forehand were the shots where I could feel it the most. Federer acknowledged that it's a pleasant surprise to enter the semi-final stage as the Last Man Standing from the Big 4. "It's nice to see different guys, maybe".
"It's a really exceptional tennis player that we have, that our sport has right now", he said of third-seeded Federer.
The pain comes and goes - and when it goes, Djokovic keeps on playing.
On the women's side, 37-year-old Venus Williams reached today's semis against 6th seed Brit Jo Konta and looks capable of winning her 11th grand slam title, especially with her sister Serena at home ready to give birth.
The six-time grand slam singles champion told the BBC: "With this injury, there are limitations to Andy's movement". At the age of 37 years and two months, Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open.
Williams, who last won the title at the All England Club in 2008, advanced to the quarterfinals by beating 19-year-old Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6-2. Nobody is ruling it out.
Two former Queen's Club winners will seek a first Wimbledon final, which is a phenomenal opportunity for both.