Wimbledon 2017 has reached its business end with top seeds battling it out in the men’s quarter finals beginning on Wednesday.
Britain’s Andy Murray will face a difficult challenge when he takes on big-serving American Sam Querrey in the first match.
Andy Murray vs Sam Querrey
Defending champion and world number one, Murray, plays 24th seed Querrey on Centre Court.
Murray expects his return to be tested against the serving prowess of Querrey, 29, having beaten four unorthodox opponents on his way to the last eight.
The last time Murray was eliminated at this stage was as the defending champion in 2014 when he was defeated by Grigor Dimitrov.
Querrey has never been beyond the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam and has only beaten Murray once in eight previous meetings. One of Querrey’s defeats to Murray came on Center Court in 2010, and the 24th seed will have to stage a huge upset to progress.
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If Murray reaches the last four, it will be the first time in the professional era that Britain will have a man and a woman in the semi-finals of the singles.
Roger Federer vs Milos Raonic
Roger Federer, 35, plays Milos Raonic in the second match on Centre Court.
The Swiss seven-time champion, seeded third, lost to Canadian sixth seed Raonic in last year’s semi-final but has looked in imperious form so far this year.
The pair met in last year’s final four as Federer suffered his first defeat in 11 Wimbledon semi-finals, but the Swiss star boasts a 9-3 record over Raonic in 12 meetings and is tipped to beat his opponent 12 months on.
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Novak Djokovic vs Tomas Berdych
Three-time winner from Serbia, Novak Djokovic plays Czech 11th seed Tomas Berdych. This will be the 28th meeting between Djokovic and Berdych.
Djokovic has claimed the win 25 times and hasn’t lost to Berdych since 2013 in Rome.
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Berdych has won 16 titles in comparison to Djokovic’s 68. He is aiming to reach his 7th Grand Slam semi-final, Djokovic is aiming to reach his 30th.
Marin Cilic vs Gilles Muller
Croatia’s seventh seed Marin Cilic plays 16th seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the other quarter final. The two have met just twice so far in their careers, but both were close matches.
The first match was just last year in Rotterdam, which Cilic won in two tight sets decided by tiebreakers in the round of 16. The second was more recent, coming in the semi-finals of this year’s Queen’s Club Championships. It was again won by Cilic.