Wimbledon Preview

Written by Square in the Air

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Wimbledon men’s semi-finals day promises two truly epic contests with three of the world’s four best players safely into the last four. Only fourth-ranked Stan Wawrinka failed to reach this stage after losing the battle of the backhands to Frenchman Richard Gasquet in a five-set thriller. With that result the Frenchman secured his second Wimbledon semi-final appearance, his last coming eight years ago, where he will meet number one seed Novak Djokovic. A five set marathon is hardly the best preparation to face the world number one and Gasquet has it all to do if he’s to cause a major upset. Djokovic leads the head-to-head record 12-1 and he’ll be fully confident winning again here.

After struggling against the big serving Kevin Anderson, Djokovic made light work of Marin Cilic when dispatching him in three sets. The Serbian has beaten Gasquet in straight sets in the past nine meetings and I expect another here. Andy Murray and Roger Federer has the potential to go down as an all time classic.

The Brit is bidding to land a second Wimbledon Championship and Federer is on course for a staggering eighth title here. Murray was flawless against Vasek Pospisil and has dropped only two sets en route to the last four. The Swiss Maestro has gone one better and has dropped just the one to Australia’s Sam Groth. The pair are amicable off the court as they have played against each other plenty of times over the years, but don’t expect the two to be anything but fierce adversaries on court Friday. Federer leads the head-to-head 12-11, but has won the past three clashes. It’s 1-1 on grass from the two previous meetings, with Murray winning in three sets to secure Olympic gold shortly after Federer won 3-1 in the 2012 Wimbledon final.

Federer’s favourable route to the semis means he is the slightly fresher of the two and that pays dividends for the older man. Much has been said about the Swiss’ easy draw, but Murray’s hasn’t exactly been difficult – despite the awkward Ivo Karlovic. As he continues through his twilight years Federer has looked sharp and focused on winning at Wimbledon again after going so close 12 months ago.

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