A losing finalist each of the past two years, Roger Federer has been given one of his biggest opportunities to win his first Slam since 2012 and 18th in total. He can make the final without playing Novak Djokovic, thanks to Sam Querrey’s shock win over the World No.1 and would fancy his chances against likely opponent Andy Murray, having beaten the home favourite in straight sets last year. He plays Marin Cilic for a place in the semi finals.
Federer has had an easy time in his first four matches, winning in straight sets against Guido Pella, Marcus Willis, Daniel Evans and Steve Johnson. The last of those wins was very decisive winning 30 more points than Johnson and breaking the American’s serve 5 times in total to make his 14th Wimbledon quarter final.
It’s quite clear that Cilic is a step up from the previous set of names and Federer is under no illusion about the threat he faces on Wednesday. “He’s very aggressive. He blew me off the court at the US Open (2014). I know what I’m getting into. He’s really tough to play. He’s really improved his serve in the last few years, especially since US Open.” Federer said about his opponent.
Cilic has had a fairly comfortable time so far this fortnight and was fortunate to spend just 43 minutes on court on Monday after Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw down 1-6 1-5 through injury. It marks the third straight year Cilic has made a Wimbledon quarter final, with both the previous years seeing him lose to Novak Djokovic at this stage of the tournament.
The aforementioned US Open match was notable for the dominant display of Cilic that saw him win in straight sets on his way to the title but Federer has otherwise dominated this matchup, winning all of the five encounters previous to that. However, it will be their first encounter on grass with all but one of the others coming on hard courts.
Prediction – Roger Federer in four sets