Wimbledon’s Men’s Quarter-Finals: The Stats That Matter
Published on 08/07/15
The 8 quarter-finalists in the Wimbledon’s Men’s Singles are now known, and it’s time to take a look at all the statistics that might shed some light on the 4 players who will contest the semis.
Djokovic vs Cilic
The two have met 12 times before, between 2008 and 2015, and Djokovic has won all 12, 8 in straight sets. Only one of those was on grass though, at Wimbledon 2014, and that went to 5 sets. At this year’s Wimbledon, Djokovic sauntered through his first 3 matches in straight sets, though he had to come from 2 sets down to beat the amazing serving Anderson in the last round. Meanwhile Cilic has taken 14 sets to get through his last 3 matches, winning the first set, but losing the second set, in all of them.
Simon vs Federer
Simon actually beat the Swiss maestro the first twice he played him (in 2008), though has lost his last 6 against him. Their two grand-slam matches have both gone to 5 sets, but they’ve never played each other on grass. Simon will be confident after beating Monfils and Berdych, but he did lose to Querrey at Queens – who Federer beat comprehensively in 3 sets here in round 2.
Wawrinka vs Gasquet
An interesting clash between two players who have two of the best backhands in the game. They’ve met just twice with Gasquet winning in 2006, and Wawrinka emerging triumphant from a 5 set clash at the 2013 French Open. They’ve dropped just one-set between them so far and, though it could be closer than the odds suggest, Wawrinka seems to know how to peak for the Grand Slams nowadays.
Pospisil vs Murray
It’s 3-0 Murray in head-to-heads, and he’s yet to drop a set. It will be a surprise if he drops a set here, but you have to admire Pospisil’s resilience after playing 19 sets in 4 matches, and having come from either 2-0 or 2-1 down in 3 of them.
Djokovic, Federer, Wawrinka and Murray are all fancied to progress to the semi-finals – and I couldn’t put anyone off having an accumulator.