The second Wednesday at Wimbledon means men's quarter-final day, and the bracket has been simmering perfectly on the cusp of the last eight.
Defending champion, top seed and home favourite Andy Murray remains in the hunt for another win at the All England Club and will face Sam Querrey. Meanwhile, third seed Roger Federer—the favourite for many—will follow Murray on Centre Court in what promises to be a fascinating clash with 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic.
On Court 1, Rafael Nadal's conquerer, Gilles Muller, faces the in-form Marin Cilic. After their contest, second seed Novak Djokovic will tackle Tomas Berdych.
They're four absorbing contests that'll engross those in attendance. Here is the schedule in full for the quarter-finals and a closer look at how these quarters will pan out.
Andy Murray (1) vs. Sam Querrey (24)
Milos Raonic (6) vs. Roger Federer (3)
Gilles Muller (16) vs. Marin Cilic (7)
Tomas Berdych (11) vs. Novak Djokovic (2)
The Wimbledon Twitter account provided the order of play for Wednesday's quartet of contests:
Although he's not been anywhere near his best at this year's tournament, Murray has dealt with four potentially testing opponents with ease so far.
Benoit Paire was the latest man to be on the end of a masterclass from the top seed. Murray negated the flair of the Frenchman and stamped his authority on the match, eventually progressing in straight sets.
As noted by Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated, Murray can secure his No. 1 ranking against Querrey, as well as a spot in the semis:
The American will be a test. Querrey has a big serve and a steely mentality, coming through in five-set matches in his last two outings. Additionally, he tends to relish the big occasion, beating Djokovic at SW19 in 2016.
Nonetheless, Murray will be delighted to be going up against a player who is seeded 24th at this stage of the tournament; Federer certainly has it tougher against Raonic.
So far, the seven-time champion has been serene. Federer has yet to drop a set, and last time out, in a potentially tricky last-16 clash with Grigor Dimitrov, he was sensational to win in straight sets. Per sports statistician Mohandas Menon, the great man is used to getting so far in Grand Slams:
Raonic hasn't been at the same standard as he was a year ago, yet there's a clear determination in his play.
That was evident in abundance against Alexander Zverev in the last 16, as Raonic eventually outlasted the youngster and turned on the style in a deciding fifth set. But if he's still feeling the effects of that match, Federer will pick him apart.
Djokovic will be the headline act on Court 1 and will feel a little aggrieved at the way his tournament has gone. After all, he is the only man in the quarters who didn't have a day off on Tuesday.
That was because of the epic match between Muller and Nadal, which meant there was no time for the three-time champion. Per Christopher Clarey of the New York Times, the Serb wasn't pleased:
Still, Djokovic has looked in excellent form at these championships, and if he carries the momentum from his win over Mannarino into the showdown with Berdych, he'll be too good.
The player plenty of spectators will be excited to see on Wednesday will be Muller, as he produced the performance of his life to beat Nadal. At the end of a marathon match, the man from Luxembourg prevailed 15-13 in a thrilling deciding set.
Here's the moment he finally got over the line:
As noted by Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News, Nadal threw everything at Muller, but he was able to withstand the heavy pressure:
It's only the second time Muller has progressed to a Grand Slam quarter-final, having previously made it to the last eight at the 2008 U.S. Open. Based on his performance against Nadal, he's a real danger.
Cilic has been making steady progress of his own at Wimbledon and is yet to drop a set at the tournament. His powerful groundstrokes and big serve have been major weapons on his way to the quarters and will surely be too much for a jaded opponent here.