After four brutal rounds at Wimbledon 2013, just eight men remain in contention to add a Slam to their mantle at the All England Club. After Wednesday's slate of matches, that number will be whittled down to four.
The first eight days of the tournament haven't been easy in England. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were among the big names that faced early exits as conditions at Wimbledon have turned the tournament into a war of attrition.
However, top two seeds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray remain in the mix. Both will be looking to book a trip to the semifinals as the heavy favorite on their own side of the draw.
Whether or not they will both win out to create a star-studded final or if someone outside of the Big Four will make an appearance is one of the most intriguing stories of this year's Wimbledon tournament.
Here's all the information you need to watch these eight men attempt to take the next step towards a Slam title on Wednesday.
When: Wednesday, July 3
Where: All England Club in London, England
TV (via Tennis.com): Centre Court on ESPN, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET; All other courts on ESPN2, 7:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Live Stream: ESPN3
|(4) David Ferrer||(8) Juan del Potro||8:00 a.m. ET|
|(1) Novak Djokovic||(7) Tomas Berdych||8:00 a.m. ET|
|(2) Andy Murray||Fernando Verdasco||11:00 a.m. ET|
|(24) Jerzy Janowicz||Lukasz Kubot||11:00 a.m. ET|
Must-See Match: Novak Djokovic vs. Tomas Berdych
Some of tennis' biggest stars have already been ousted from the tournament by lesser seeds. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic could be next.
Djokovic should be familiar with No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych. The two have played a grand total of 15 times in their career, with Djokovic coming out on top 13 times.
However, there's some evidence that this won't be as lopsided a match as that overall record might indicate. Berdych should enter the match with some confidence after picking up his second career victory over Djokovic in their last match at the Rome Masters tournament.
That being said, Djokovic has yet to really be tested on the grass of Wimbledon this season. Coming off of his French Open semifinal appearance, he has won all four of his matches at the All England Club in straight sets.
Even Djokovic feels that he's playing as well as he did when he won the Slam back in 2011, per Wimbledon's twitter feed:
#Djokovic "I think I’m playing really good tennis perhaps better than when I won the title back in 2011... Who knows I might succeed"— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 1, 2013
Seeing Djokovic in top form is always a sight to behold. Watching him attempt to exact revenge for one of his five losses on the season should make for some compelling tennis.
Rising Star: Jerzy Janowicz
At just 22-years-old, the future for Jerzy Janowicz appears to be bright and Wimbledon just might be his coming out party.
The 6'8" Polish star is playing the best slam of his career, having advanced to the quarterfinals on the strength of jis win over No. 15 seed Nicolas Almagro and Jurgen Melzer. With an unranked foe in Lukasz Kubot on tap, Janowicz has a high-profile semifinal match against Andy Murray on the horizon.
Janowicz is a player. His huge frame makes him one of the biggest players on the tour and he has the big serve to go along with it. He leads all of Wimbledon in aces with 64 in the tournament. His fastest serve was clocked at 140 mph.
With a huge serve and a powerful backhand, Janowicz has the ability to give anyone fits. If he can put everything together, we could see him make a magical run, starting with his quarterfinal match against Kubot.