How They Got Here
By his standards, Federer has had quite an eventful tournament thus far.
Two simple straight set victories in the first two rounds were to be expected, but things got iffy from there.
He barely found his way out of the third round, fighting back from two sets down and through a tough fourth set tiebreak to take down Julien Benneteau in five.
His fourth-round match was also interesting, as he seemed to injure his back in the start of the match. From there, he got past Xavier Malisse, but not before dropping a third set of the tournament.
Still, Youzhny's run has been slightly more difficult.
He dropped his first set of the tournament against American Donald Young before winning in four.
He again dropped a set against eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic in the third round.
In his seventh trip to Wimbledon's fourth round, Youzhny finally advanced to the quarters for the first time by defeating Istomin last round. However, he had to expend quite a bit of energy in the match, only getting past the surprising Uzbek 7-5 in the fifth.
Fed has six Wimbledon trophies; Youzhny doesn't have a Grand Slam title.
Fed played a little over two hours on Monday; Youzhny played a little over four.
Fed has beaten Youzhny 13 times; Youzhny has never beaten Fed.
Now, if you are looking for any hope of the upset, there is some uncertainty behind the extent of Fed's back injury.
Still, I'll take Federer.