Murray is bidding to make his eighth Wimbledon semi-final in the last nine years and is playing in his 10th straight quarter-final at the tournament. He fell about laughing with opponent Gilles Muller before their marathon match. The Luxembourg player's only other Grand Slam quarter-final came in 2008 when he lost to Federer at the US Open.
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Djokovic said the conditions were not risky, but the uneven surface could cause unpredictable bounces and affect the outcome of points and even matches. Is that right? I think so, just because of timing, as well.
The scheduling of matches has been a major talking point, with the men holding sway on the show courts. All 16 fourth-round matches at the All England Club are played on the same day, a schedule that will produce all eight male and all eight female quarterfinalists. I'm ready to go this afternoon if I have to, which is great, but I don't have to.
BBC commentator and former world number one Chris Evert also weighed into the row, calling for equal representation on Centre Court and Court One.
And after mining a rich seam of nostalgia in spectacular fashion in January's Australian Open final, when he beat Nadal in a five-set thriller, Federer is not lacking motivation either. Tuesday also includes all four women's quarterfinals: Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams vs. 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, followed by No. 2 Simona Halep vs.
"So maybe starting the matches a little bit sooner, a little bit earlier in the day, and splitting them between the men and women".
The Canadian took the opening set before dropping the next two and was under pressure for much of the fourth. I've played him many times and I know what I need to do.
Still, things were not looking good for Nadal when he served while down 5-4 and double-faulted to trail 15-40.
The 20-year-old from Latvia beat Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina 6-3 7-6 (8-6).