On three previous occasions it has been the two current greats that have won their respective Wimbledon titles, with Roger Federer and Serena Williams both victorious in 2003, 2009 and 2012.
Just 16 players remain as we head into the business end of this year’s Wimbledon and it increasingly looks as if the 36-year-olds will be the last players standing this weekend. Both have winnable matches in the last eight as the tournament reaches the quarter-final stage.
Keep reading for your preview of this year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals…
Serena set for 11th Wimbledon semi-final
Considering how many of the big names in the women’s tournament have fallen, it’s no surprise that Serena Williams is now the favourite to win. It would be Williams’ eighth Wimbledon title and she’s certainly been handed a favourable draw, as after beating qualifier Evgeniya Rodina in round 4, she now plays the unseeded Camila Giorgi in the quarter-final.
After her three-set win over 21st seed Anistajia Sevastova in round one, Giorgi hasn’t faced another seeded player, although she comfortably beat former top-10 player Ekaterina Makarova in the last 16. Williams has won all three meetings between the pair without dropping a set and she can take another step towards a record-breaking title at 1/5.
For months we’ve been suggesting that Daria Kasatkina is a future Grand Slam champion in waiting and after an excellent run at Roland Garros, it could well be the Russian’s year at Wimbledon. The 14th seed came from behind to beat Alison van Uytvanck in the last eight and the set she lost to the talented Belgian was the first she has dropped in the tournament so far.
The 14th seed has been impressive and now faces former world number one Angelique Kerber. The German has also lost just one set on her way to the quarter-final and, of course, is a former Wimbledon finalist having reached the final back in 2016.
This could be the match of the round and we really like Kasatkina’s chances at 15/8.
After winning a tiebreak in the opening set of the tournament, Dominika Cibulkova has dropped just 17 games in a highly impressive run. The Slovakian has beaten seeds Johanna Konta and Elise Mertens on her way to equalling her best performance in SW19 and she can go one step further with a win over Jelena Ostapenko.
The Latvian hasn’t enjoyed the best 2018 but she did reach the last eight at Wimbledon last year and has won her last three matches 6-1 6-2, 6-0 6-4 and 7-6 6-0. This will be a match of two big-hitters and could go the distance, although the 12th seed is the 8/11 favourite.
We tipped Kiki Bertens to cause an upset against 7th seed Karolina Pliskova in the last round and the 20th seed duly obliged with a straight-sets win. It is by some distance the Dutch star’s best run at Wimbledon and she faces Julia Gorges in the quarter-final.
It is the first time the German has reached a Grand Slam quarter-final in 42 attempts and to say her run has been a surprise would be an understatement considering she has been knocked out in the first round in each of the last five years. Bertens looks decent value at 10/11.
Roger continues march towards final
It’s been a tournament of big servers and former champions in the men’s event with three greats of the game and some of tennis’ biggest hitters set to do battle in the quarter-final.
Roger Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon and a straight-sets win over Kevin Anderson would see the top seed break his own record.
It’s been a straightforward run to the last eight for Federer although he did at least have to save some break points in his match with Adrian Mannarino. Anderson has enjoyed a fairly untroubled route to the quarter-final, but he’s lost all four previous matches with Federer and it’s no surprise the tournament favourite is just 1/12 to win.
Rallies could be at a premium in the second quarter-final as two of the tour’s biggest servers come head-to-head. John Isner plays Milos Raonic for a place in the semi-finals and to give you an idea of the size of these men, at 6ft 5 in Raonic is the shorter of the pair by five inches.
It’s the first time that the American has reached the second round at Wimbledon and despite being the lower seed Raonic can win this at 4/6.
It’s Kei Nishikori’s best run ever at Wimbledon and the 24th seed has beaten some very strong players in his run to the last eight. The 28-year-old has beaten Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios and Ernests Gulbis so far, although it gets much tougher now as he faces three-time champion Novak Djokovic.
The Serb has only dropped one set at the tournament so far and despite never seeming entirely happy with his lot he has played pretty well so far. Whether Djokovic is going to be good enough to beat the top two is another matter, but he should be too strong for Nishikori at 2/11.
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