Wimbledon 2016, Day 10: 7-time champion Roger Federer targets 11th semi-final at All England Club

Federer, 34, has a 306-50 win-loss record in Grand Slam matches.

Updated: Jul 06, 2016, 18:22 PM IST
Wimbledon 2016, Day 10:  7-time champion Roger Federer targets 11th semi-final at All England Club

New Delhi: Seven-time champion Roger Federer targets his 11th Wimbledon semi-final on Wednesday and become the most successful Grand Slam match winner when he tackles Croatia`s Marin Cilic.

The 17-time major champion can also go level with Jimmy Connors` Wimbledon record of 84 wins if he beats Cilic for the sixth time in seven meetings.

Federer, 34, has a 306-50 win-loss record in Grand Slam matches and is currently joint top of the list with Martina Navratilova (306-49) and ahead of Serena Williams (303-42).

If Federer prevails, he will then face either US 28th seed Sam Querrey, the conqueror of Novak Djokovic in the third round, or sixth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic.

Andy Murray will look to continue a golden winning streak against French opponents in his quarter-final.

The world number two, and 2013 champion at the All England Club, faces French 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the semi-finals.

The 29-year-old Murray holds a 12-2 record over Tsonga and has won all of their four meetings on grass.

In fact, since 31-year-old Tsonga defeated the British star at the 2008 Australian Open, Murray has racked up 26 successive wins over French opponents.

Murray, who is bidding to reach a seventh Wimbledon semi-final, revealed he will prepare for Wednesday`s last-eight clash by doing yoga and pilates.

Tsonga lost to Murray at Wimbledon in 2010 and 2012.

But Murray will not under-estimate the two-time semi-finalist.

Tsonga needed five sets, and four and a half hours, to beat John Isner in the third round but just 24 minutes to make the last-eight for the fourth time when compatriot Richard Gasquet retired with a back injury.

Querrey has made the quarter-finals of a Slam for the first time in his 38th appearance at a major.

He holds a 2-1 winning record over Raonic and is the first American man in the quarter-finals in five years.

Raonic made the semi-finals in 2014 and has brought in John McEnroe to help steer him to a first major.

But he almost came unstuck in the fourth round, having to come back from two sets down for the first time to defeat David Goffin.

In the remaining quarter-final, French 32nd seed Lucas Pouille takes on 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych, the 10th seeded Czech.

Pouille had never won a grass court match before this year`s Wimbledon.


Order of play for singles matches on the Wimbledon show courts on Wednesday, the 10th day of the 2016 Championships at the All England Club (x denotes seed):

Centre Court (1:00pm/1200GMT)

Men`s quarter-finals

Roger Federer (SUI x3) v Marin Cilic (CRO x9)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x12) v Andy Murray (GBR x2)

Court One (1:00pm/1200GMT)

Men`s quarter-finals

Sam Querrey (USA x28) v Milos Raonic (CAN x6)

Tomas Berdych (CZE x10) v Lucas Pouille (FRA x32)

(With AFP inputs)