They are the only players who can prevent the world’s top four men from reuniting in the Wimbledon semifinals, as they did three weeks ago at Roland Garros. But the present and the past are against these four today as they bid to topple the paragons of men’s tennis.
(12) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
vs. (3) Roger Federer, Switzerland, Centre Court, 10 a.m. EDT
Federer typically cracks the game plans of big-hitting showmen such as Tsonga, who is 1-4 all-time against the Swiss. Like Federer, the 26-year-old Tsonga has dropped just one set on the way to his second straight Wimbledon quarterfinal.
Feliciano Lopez, Spain
vs. (4) Andy Murray, Great Britain, Centre Court (following Tsonga-Federer)
Lopez, a big-serving but mentally fragile left-hander, is in his third quarterfinal at the only major where he has advanced past the fourth round. The 29-year-old has taken just one set off Murray in losing all four of their meetings.
(Q) Bernard Tomic, Australia
vs. (2) Novak Djokovic, Serbia, Court 1, 10 a.m. EDT
The 18-year-old qualifier is currently ranked No. 158 and would be the tournament’s youngest semifinalist since Boris Becker in 1986. Since his 43-match tear was ended by Federer in the French Open semifinals, Djokovic has lost a tournament-low 41 games en route to the quarters.
(10) Mardy Fish, United States
vs. (1) Rafael Nadal, Spain, Court 1 (following Tomic-Djokovic)
Winless against Nadal in five meetings, Fish, 29, will again try to use his serve-and-volley approach to force Nadal out of his baseline comfort zone. The top-ranked American has been broken just once in 65 service games so far at Wimbledon.