Clash of the Swiss as Federer takes on Wawrinka in the last eight
Headlining the Wimbledon men’s quarter-finals is Rodger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in what is being billed to be a thrilling Swiss derby.
Seven-time SW19 Champion Federer is now third-favourite at 10/3 to lift the trophy again, having last won it in 2012 when he defeated Andy Murray. Compatriot Wawrinka, however, has never won the tournament, though after a victory in the Australian Open earlier this year will be keen to follow that up with a win in southwest London.
At 14/1, he is fourth-favourite to achieve this, though must progress through the quarter-finals first, and is 9/4 to do so. Federer, who is odds-on at 4/11, will prove to be a tricky stumbling block, after his straight sets win over Tommy Robredo, and he is looking forward to facing his fellow countryman.
“It will be amazing to play Stan in the quarter-finals here, hopefully on Centre Court, because things like that don’t happen too often in Swiss sport,” he said.
“I’m pleased with the way I am playing. I’m moving well, serving well and doing all the things right that you need to be doing to go deep into this tournament. I feel my game is right there.
“The important thing is to keep it up and not have any let-downs for five or 10 minutes when you are not feeling quite right,” Fededrer continued. “I am healthy, things are where I want them to be, but the quarter-finals is really where the tournament starts.”
Elsewhere, 13/8 tournament favourite, Novak Djokovic takes on 50/1 outsider Marin Cilic, in what is expected to be a routine match for the Serbian, who is heavily odds-on at 1/12 to progress to the semis. His opponent, meanwhile, is a long shot at 7/1.
Djokovic will be playing in his 21st successive quarter-final, though according to the player, it could well be a match between the two seed’s coaches, Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic both of whom are a couple of the highest profile in the game.
“I expect him to come on to the court and play instead of us,” Djokovic said of his coach, Becker’s competitive manner.
“Goran is a legend of our sport, and especially in Croatia and in our ex-Yugoslavian countries. He’s somebody that we respect a lot (but) there is no difference in our approach in terms of practice and what we work on, and I will try to stick to the kind of a game plan that I had against Marin in the previous occasions.”