If you’re on the FedExpress right now, you’re laughing. Firstly, Roger beat Grigor Dimitrov with ease, then Rafa Nadal bowed out in the match of the tournament to Gilles Muller. The pair’s heroics forced Novak Djokovic’s last-16 clash to be delayed to the following day, which in retrospect derailed his entire campaign. Nole nursed his shoulder through a simple win over Adrian Mannarino, but coming back today has without a doubt aggravated his injury. He retired after losing the first-set tie-break to Tomas Berdych. Then Roger produced a stunning display against Milos Raonic, and Andy Murray’s hip almost came off as he took his leave.
If there is still debate as to who the GOAT is right now, may I present that third-set tie-break? I’ve not seen Nole do that. If Roger doesn’t win this title now, he will be stuck with Sampras you feel. For Nolefam who feel aggrieved though, I say this: to win a slam you need to win 7 best of five matches, and Novak wasn’t in the shape to do that. Centre Court wouldn’t have changed that today. So go and be sore losers somewhere else.
Andy Murray though, what a guy. He didn’t blame his hip after he lost, and I’m convinced he would’ve made Querrey compete if his hip took off to the Royal Box. Which it kind of did. He still doesn’t get many plaudits for how he has hugely overachieved in his career, competing alongside the greatest players ever.
The semi-finals will be Querrey against Cilic, and Federer against Berdych. 13 Wimbledon semis between them and 11 are Roger’s. But, Roger has been in this position before, where Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori stood between Roger and a 6th U.S. Open title in 2014. That day, Cilic unleashed his inner Marat Safin and that could easily happen again. Thing is, Querrey could beat Cilic in their coin-flip of a semi. But it’s not on Roger’s racquet yet. Until Friday.