Confident Roger Federer blasts into Wimbledon semis, but Novak Djokovic retires injured

Confident Roger Federer blasts into Wimbledon semis, but Novak Djokovic retires injured

Then, Djokovic was not provided a day off in between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Querrey's five-set win over Britain's top seed Andy Murray on Wednesday was only his second appearance in the last eight of a grand slam after he reached that stage at Wimbledon past year. The match will mark the 25th meeting between the two, with Federer leading 18-6.

It means Federer is now the overwhelming favourite to claim a record eighth Wimbledon title this weekend. Obviously a big serve.

While a hip injury has been bothering the Brit through the entire tournament, it looked like he will be able to manage it one more time when Murray took the first set, without much of a fuss, 6-3. When you start at 1:00, and you can't play under the lights, you have a very limited amount of time.

I wasn't serving that well in the first set.

He has needed two successive five-set matches to get to the last eight, seeing off French 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kevin Anderson. Muller is the 16th seed for the tournament. "Really, I can not be in a better position before Friday's match".

With Nadal out of the picture, Murray will be assured of remaining as world number one with victory on Wednesday.

Last year, Federer suffered his first ever defeat in a Wimbledon semi-final, and saw him call time on his 2016 season due to a knee injury he'd suffered earlier in the year.

"I've seen him play massive Davis Cup matches - we played in Glasgow and I think he had a bit of a back issue there".

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"I wasn't getting enough power on my serve to put him in any bother".

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Ostapenko led Svitolina 5-3 in the second set, but was broken and forced into a tiebreaker.

Djokovic, who was bidding to win his fourth Wimbledon title, pulled out with an elbow injury on Court One where Berdych was leading 7-6 (7-2), 2-0.

1 Murray and the struggling Djokovic hinted at taking a break from the sport but are wary of the US Open fast approaching in six weeks' time.

Murray against Paire on Centre Court on Monday.

"I'm just going to talk with specialists, as I have done in the previous year or so, try to figure out what's the best way to treat it and to solve it, to find a long-term solution", he said.

"Maybe that is a lesson learned for Andy and Novak to really take care of their bodies - take their time and get healthy, and don't play when they can't", former German player Boris Becker told British broadcaster BBC. The No. 24 seed Querrey, the first American in a Wimbledon semi since 2009, faces seventh seed Bosnian Marin Cilic.

Federer, too, feels in a great place as he attempts to continue his Indian summer after ending his four-and-a-half-year grand slam title drought with an incredible run at the Australian Open.