The Wimbledon men’s singles quarter-finals have a familiar look to them this year with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal all in action.
These all-time tennis greats’ continued dominance at the grass Grand Slam suggests the established order remains.
Nadal battles unseeded player Sam Querrey on court 1. As a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, the American actually won his last encounter with the king of clay.
That was on the outdoor hard courts of Acapulco in Mexico two years ago. Querrey’s subsequent run to the last four at the All England Club saw him eliminate Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kevin Anderson and Andy Murray.
Reaching the quarters – his third in four years – has been easier for the American this time around. Stunning fifth seed Dominic Thiem is not as big a shock as it looks on paper as grass is the Austrian’s weakest surface.
Nadal beats Querrey in four sets appeals most
The Wimbledon draw opened up for Querrey as other seeded players in his section fell by the wayside. Nadal is a formidable opponent and long odds-on to set up a potential dream semi-final with Federer.
Yet when the Spaniard and Querrey have clashed in the past, it’s seldom been straightforward for Rafa. This is their first meeting on grass, but in just one of five previous encounters has Nadal won in straight sets.
That strongly suggests he might drop one here, so Ladbrokes go a standout 11/4 that Nadal beats Querrey in four sets.
Neither man has been flawless en route to this quarter-final clash. Nadal dropped a set to thorny foe Nick Kyrgios and Querrey has twice won in four.
Wimbledon and tennis fans are desperate to see Federer v Nadal one more time. The Spaniard should have enough to keep his end of the bargain.
Bet of the Day: 11/4 with Ladbrokes, Nadal beats Querry in four sets in Winmbledon men’s singles quarter-finals.