Djokovic, Murray, Federer eye Wimbledon semifinals


LONDON: Top seed Novak Djokovic, defending champion Andy Murray and seven-time winner Roger Federer target Wimbledon semifinal places on Wednesday, fully aware of the pitfalls of a draw which have already claimed Rafael Nadal.

World number one Nadal saw his latest attempt to win a third All England Club title shattered by Australian 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios, the world number 144, in a stunning fourth round upset on Tuesday.

The defeat was good news for Federer who was seeded to face old rival Nadal in the semifinals.

On Wednesday, Federer tackles Swiss compatriot and close friend Stan Wawrinka for a place in the last four.

Australian Open champion Wawrinka won their last encounter on clay at the Monte Carlo Masters finals in April and the two have never met on grass.

Djokovic, the 2011 champion, faces Marin Cilic, the Croatian 26th seed.

Cilic has a woeful 9-0 losing record against Djokovic.

Third seeded Murray has yet to drop a set at the tournament this year and will be playing in his seventh successive quarterfinals at the All England Club.

He tackles Bulgarian 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov who has made this stage for the first time.

The two remaining women’s quarterfinals take place on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) with third seed Simona Halep, the French Open runner-up, facing Sabine Lisicki, the German 19th seed who was runner-up to Marion Bartoli last year.

Canadian 13th seed Eugenie Bouchard, widely tipped as a potential champion after the early exits of Serena Williams, Li Na and Maria Sharapova, faces German ninth seed Angelique Kerber. afp


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