That's because the Djokovic-Gasquet match should move quickly, provide good shot making, and allow them to get on with the show, with the next pair on court a matchup to drive the British crowd to emotional crossroads.
In that match will be
But then, there is that
If only there were ties in tennis.
Djokovic is playing well, is the defending champion and is coached by a man who knows what to tell him as he goes into these final crucial matches. Boris Becker won three Wimbledon titles, his first 30 years ago. Djokovic has won twice here.
Djokovic beat Federer in last year's final and is almost even with him in their career head-to-heads. Were they both to reach the final, a Djokovic victory would make them 20-20.
Gasquet, who is seeded 21st, has only beaten Djokovic once in 12 matches and that was in 2007. Gasquet ruined Djokovic's chance for revenge after his
Federer and Murray have quite a history, making Friday's second semifinal a dramatic pick-'em. Federer is seeded second, Murray third. Federer leads in their head-to-head series, 12-11.
In 2012, Federer beat Murray in the Wimbledon final — his most recent Grand Slam title. But in the London Olympics that year, Murray beat Federer in the gold medal match. To get to that final, Murray defeated Djokovic in the semifinals.
Murray had been previously included in the list of the men's game's Big Four, and he really confirmed his spot after that, winning the
Federer has never lost a semifinal at Wimbledon. Djokovic's victory over Federer in last year's final was a five-set thriller.