Wimbledon semi-finals: Djokovic vs Federer, Murray vs Tsonga
The Wimbledon Arena is set for a classic mens semi-final round, with three of the top four seeded players advancing this far.
It ultimately comes down to whether Federer can outclass a somewhat cocky but fiercely competitive Djokovic, and if Tsonga can upset Great Britain’s only hope, Andy Murray.
A huge upset at Wimbledon saw Nadal bow out in the second round to unseeded, and 100th globally ranked Czech powerhouse, Lukas Rosol.
Nadal aside, the first semi-final between Federer and Djokovic is worthy of the Wimbledon final.
Always a highly competitive bout between the longest yet former serving World No.1 and the current Title Holder, we are in for a treat.
There is some speculation surrounding Federer’s previous back injury in his fourth round match-up, where he took down Belgian, Malisse, but he has insisted this will not effect him against a full strength Djokovic.
Federer is on the verge of his seventh Wimbledon title, one achieved by tennis legend, Pete Sampras. Federer’s concerns and biggest hurdle will be against Novak, and if successful, should be able to go all the way.
No doubt, Djokovic cruised through the rounds and the quarter final against German, Mayer, and is a serious threat to Federer’s plans.
Djokovic has the tenacity, speed and form to match or take down the Swiss Master, and although Federer leads the overall tally 14-12, Djokovic has won 6 of the last 7 meetings.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made a name for himself by reaching the Australian Open final as a wildcard in 2008, and since then, he has become a hard-hitting player with much to prove.
The Frenchman and Brit have one thing in common; they have both never played in a Wimbledon final nor won a grand slam, but for one of them, at last, reaching the final can be ticked off that list.
Murray is a great player and the local hope, but has never come up with the goods; always the runner-up, never the winner. Three Grand Slam finals appearances, and three losses, to the men playing in the other semi-final.
If Andy can reach the final, he will be the first Brit to compete in a Wimbledon final since 1938.
The favourite is Murray with a track record of 5-1, including one Wimbledon match in 2010, but Tsonga can never be written off.
The expectations favour Djokovic to edge over Federer, and Murray to capitalize on his best opportunity to take a Grand Slam title with Nadal early out of the mix.
The Semis will be a great viewing experience, but the questions lie in whether Murray can break his drought, and if Federer can return to his winning ways.