Number 1 seed and two time Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray (GBR) has made it to the quarter finals an impressive 9 times. Today he made it 10 beating Benoit Paire (FRA) who was into the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time. After a tight first set featuring 4 breaks of serve, the Frenchman forced a tie break with the world number 1, but played a howler of a tie break getting just one point. After that it was plain sailing for Murray who took it in straight sets 7-6 6-4 6-4. He meets 6ft 6in 24th seed Sam Querrey (USA) who ended the run of 6ft 8in Kevin Anderson (RSA) in the battle of the giants that again went to five sets 5-7 7-6 6-3 6-7 6-3. The American must now feel as if he’s played an extra match, having played 17 sets to Murray’s 13 in the tournament, and that’s not counting the 5 sets he played in doubles with his partner 16th seed Gilles Muller (LUX).
4th seed Rafael Nadal (ESP) had not yet dropped a set and had looked in frightening form. He had to beat fellow left-hander 16th seed Gilles Muller (LUX) who famously knocked him out of Wimbledon in 2005. In a shocking start to the match Muller played the tennis of his life to race away with the first two sets. Perhaps Nadal had a concussion but the famous fighting heart of Nadal won him the next two sets and momentum favoured the Spaniard. However Nadal’s inability to convert fourth set points on the Muller serve proved costly as Muller got to serve first in the final set. Muller’s serve was impenetrable and Nadal was always playing catch up, his serve always in more peril. It was only a matter of time before someone buckled, and time it took, 4 hours and 48 minutes in a mammoth final set that ended 15-13 to Muller. Final score 6-3 6-3 3-6 4-6 15-13. Muller will play 7th seed Marin Cilic (CRO) who has not yet dropped a set as he flattened 18th seed Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 6-2 6-2 6-2.
6th seed Milos Raonic (CAN) is doing better than he has of late. He was up against it though, playing Next Gen star 10th seed Alexander Zverev (GER) in a topsy turvy match. Raonic’s experience and class came through in the end as the German ran out of steam 4-6 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-1. The Canadian will face 3rd seed Roger Federer (SUI) who has made it to the quarter finals a staggering 15 times. Federer beat 13th seed Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) in straight sets who had himself been playing incredible tennis through the draw. The genius of Federer was too much for Dimitrov who was never allowed to play his game as the Swiss tied him up in knots. As Dimitrov went for ever smaller targets and harder shots, the errors flowed and Federer took it 6-4 6-2 6-4.
11th seed Tomas Berdych (CZE) has been playing in the Wimbledon main draw since 2004 and was playing rising star 8th seed Dominic Thiem (AUT). In a tough 5 sets Berdych’s experience prevailed 6-3 6-7 6-3 3-6 6-3. Berdych would have to wait to see who his quarter final opponent would be. Three time Wimbledon Champion 2nd seed Novak Djokovic (SRB) is a favourite amongst the ball kids, they were hoping he’d avenge them against Adrian Mannarino (FRA) who was lucky to get away with a docked point and a £7,000 fine when he barged a ball kid in his second round match. They weren’t disappointed. In a match that was played on the 8th day due to the prolonged and painful exit of Nadal, Djokovic got the job done in straight sets 6-2 7-6 6-4.