Can you believe the Federer-Express has come through that? If he was lucky to survive Millman what does this get classified as? Seven match points came and went for Tennys Sandgren. When he got himself into the point on these you thought ‘surely’, but the American was tight and Federer managed to survive. The Fed-Ex did have an off-court medical timeout during the second set for a groin problem and it really is difficult to see how he will get close to Novak in the semis. They are operating on totally different wavelengths. So much so that there are quotes as short as 1/10 (90%) with the bookmakers and you don’t really question it. The head-to-head doesn’t look great either. If you take London out of the equation, Federer hasn’t won since 2015.
Djokovic once again had no such problems against Milos Raonic. The Canadian giving a good account of himself here but Nole is just looking unstoppable right now. Once again he served really well and this is another ominous sign for Federer. It is another piece to the jigsaw. Jan-Lennard Struff must be buzzing about the fact he took a set off Nole in the first round. Nobody has come close since, though Raonic did get to a breaker today. It is difficult to see Federer get much more change from the Serb.
I am impressed with the way Ash Barty is dealing with it all so far. Though she had a favourable head to head (3-0 before yesterday) against Petra Kvitova, it is always a different kind of pressure playing at home. The stakes are rising with each match and she is doing well, there is still a long way to go mind. The variation she has in her game is a nightmare for Petra, who after losing a tight first set, fell away quite quickly in the second. Barty is looking to become the first female since Wendy Turnbull in 1980 to reach the final here.
Her opponent in the last four will be Sofia Kenin, who beat Ons Jabeur in pretty much every department. So solid is the American. She can mix it up too though, so it will be an interesting semi-final. This is obviously Kenin’s first appearance in the last four of a slam, her best showing before that was the fourth at the French last year. She will be feeling that there will be a few more on the way I would imagine. The head to head is 4-1 to Barty and it is 1-1 on outdoor hard. She is not without claims here Kenin, especially under the circumstances.
Andy Del Potro