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No joy for British tennis fans yesterday as nineteenth seed Jo Konta’s run came to an end as she lost at the unseeded Czech Strycova in the quarter finals. This was the only upset in yesterday’s women’s quarter finals as eleventh seed Serena Williams swept aside compatriot Riske in straight sets, seventh seed Halep recovered from a break down in the first set and eventually overpowered Zhang to progress in straight sets and eighth seed Zvitolina impressed again knocking out the unseeded Czech Muchova in straight sets.

Day eight of the Wimbledon championships means men’s quarter finals day and fans are in for a blockbuster day of stars and top class action with the worlds current top three players and legends of the game in the shape of top seed and four time champion Djokovic, second seed and eighth time champion Federer and third seed and two time champion Nadal all in action.

Djokovic faces twenty first seed Goffin for the seventh time, Djokovic leads the head-to-head 5-1 and while Goffin will be competitive, everything still points to a convincing win for Djokovic today. Second seed Federer potentially faces his toughest test so far this fortnight today against eighth seed Nishikori. Federer leads the head-to-head 7-3 and has won six of the last seven encounters between 2014 and 2018. Nishikori won their last meeting at the World Tour finals last year and he pushed Federer to five sets in their only Grand Slam encounter during this period at the Australian Open.

Nadal faces the big serving and hitting unseeded American Querrey today for the sixth time, Nadal leads the head-to-head 5-1 and this is their first meeting on grass. Nadal is the obvious favourite and he should prevail today on current form, but I don’t see it being a straight forward comprehensive win as Querrey is in great form on the surface having won eight of his last nine matches, he leads the tournament for the highest number of Aces served at 100 and he famously beat Anderson and then Murray in the quarter finals back-to-back and both in five sets back in 2017.

Finally, the other remaining quarter final is between twenty third seed Bautista Agut and the unseeded Pella from Argentina who are both contesting their first ever Wimbledon quarter final. This is their first meeting on grass as well, Bautista Agut leads the head-to-head 2-0 and I expect the Spaniard will prevail again today if he continues to play at the same level, he has so far this fortnight.


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