Wimbledon 2014: Andy Murray faces Grigor Dimitrov on packed quarter-final day
Last Updated: 02/07/14 5:35pm
Andy Murray will attempt to reach his sixth straight Wimbledon semi-final when he faces Grigor Dimitrov on a bumper day of action on Wednesday.
The defending champion has not failed to reach the last four at the All England Club since 2008, when he was beaten in the quarter-finals by Rafael Nadal.
Dimitrov, in contrast, has never played in a grand slam semi-final and is looking to take the next step after reaching his first major quarter-final at the Australian Open earlier this year.
He has beaten Murray just once in their four previous matches, although the Bulgarian’s lone success did come in the most recent meeting between the two in Acapulco earlier this year.
Rain delays earlier in the tournament have meant that all four men’s quarter-final matches as well as the remaining two women’s last-eight clashes will take place on the ninth day of the tournament.
Murray is second up on Centre Court, with his potential semi-final opponent being decided by the clash in the equivalent slot on Court One between Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic.
Top seed Djokovic is a big favourite against a player he has never lost to in nine matches but Cilic is riding a wave of momentum having dumped world No 6 Tomas Berdych out earlier in the tournament.
The third match on Centre Court is the all-Swiss clash between seven-time champion Roger Federer and Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka.
Since winning Wimbledon in 2012 Federer has reached just two of seven grand slam semi-finals – both of which were at the Australian Open – but looks in good shape and is yet to drop a set at Wimbledon this year.
The winner of that clash will face either Nick Kyrgios or Milos Raonic, neither of whom have reached a grand slam semi-final before. The big-hitting duo will go head-to-head in the last match on Court One.
Both show courts open with women’s quarter-final contests, with Simona Halep’s clash against Sabine Lisicki being first up on Centre.
World No 3 Halep is the highest seed remaining in the women’s draw but is expected to have her hands full against grass-court specialist Lisicki, who reached the final last year.
The first match on Court One sees Eugenie Bouchard take on Angelique Kerber, with the winners of Wednesday’s two matches facing each other in the last four.