The players are out on Centre Court and Court 1. Tok! Tok! Tokity tok! Play will begin shortly.
Andy Murray will be commentating on Rafael Nadal versus Juan Martin del Potro for the BBC. He’s yet to agree a deal to provide game-by-game coverage on the US Open for the Guardian.
Novak Djokovic has a 13-2 winning record over Kei Nishikori. He’s had 12 straight wins over the 24th seed since losing their US Open semi-final in 2014.
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This is the first time since 2011 that Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have all reached the last eight here. That’s mainly down to Nadal’s resurgence on grass. Since losing to Djokovic in the 2011 final the Spaniard has suffered defeats in the first round (2013), the second round (2012 and 2015), the fourth round (2014 and 2017) and had a non-appearance (2016).
Hello. Nice of Roger Federer to let Novak Djokovic have a hit on his court this afternoon. Very generous. Most magnanimous. It’s a mark of the tennis king’s charitable spirt that he’s stepped aside and let one of the commoners live like a royal for a few hours. Just leave everything as you found it, Novak, there’s a good chap. Otherwise Federer might need to have a word with the schedulers about having you on again next year.
Not really! Relax, Novak, and bask in the knowledge that Federer probably isn’t too happy about being shunted off Centre Court today. It’s the first time it’s happened for three years and while it was the right call by the All England Club, it was still quite surprising when the order of play arrived yesterday. Federer off Centre Court? What an insult! Don’t they know who he is? Haven’t they seen his range of cardigans? Next they’ll be acknowledging that there’s a football tournament taking place in Russia at the moment.Continue reading...