WIMBLEDON DAY 11 – MEN’S NOTES

WIMBLEDON DAY 11 – MEN’S NOTES (via ITF)
Friday 1 July | Semifinals

No. 1 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v No. 4 Andy Murray (GBR)
No. 2 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

• Rafael Nadal has not lost at Wimbledon since falling to Roger Federer in the 2007 final. The Spaniard did not contest 2009 Wimbledon because of a knee injury and is currently on a 19-match winning streak at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

• If Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga both advance to the final, it will be just the 4th time that the Wimbledon final is the same as the Queen’s final. John Newcombe and Stan Smith in 1971, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe in 1982, and Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg in 1988 contested both the Queen’s final and Wimbledon final.

• Murray is the first British man to reach 3 consecutive Wimbledon semifinals since Fred Perry, who reached the semifinals en route to winning the Wimbledon title in 1934, 1935 and 1936.

• Novak Djokovic and Murray are both bidding to avoid becoming only the 2nd man in the Open Era to lose their first 3 Wimbledon semifinals. Tim Henman is the only man to have lost his first 3 semifinals here (he lost 4 semifinals in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002). Arthur Ashe, Ivan Lendl and Roscoe Tanner all lost their first 2 Wimbledon semifinals before making their Wimbledon final debuts at the 3rd attempt.

• Two of the 4 semifinalists are already grass court titlists: Murray and Nadal.

• No. 12 Tsonga is the only first-time Wimbledon semifinalist. Bizarrely, the Frenchman is seeded the same as last year’s runner-up Tomas Berdych, who also defeated 6-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the 2010 quarterfinals before playing Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. Berdych defeated Djokovic last year before losing to Rafael Nadal in the final.

• All of the semifinalists have dropped at least one set en route to the last 4. Tsonga has conceded the most games (80) into the semifinals, and Djokovic the least (57).

Possible final head-to-heads
Nadal leads Djokovic 16-11
Nadal leads Tsonga 5-2
Djokovic leads Murray 6-3
Murray leads Tsonga 5-1

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