We are down to the last 4. The big four were let down by Roger Federer, his conqueror Jo-Wilfred Tsonga joins Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in the semi finals.
Rafael Nadal: The recent French Open winner and defending Wimbledon champion had been the very slight favourite ahead of great rival Federer, that was until the draw was made. Although Nadal enters this years Wimbledon as world number 1, for the last three months that has been under threat from Novak Djokovic and it looked like the pressure may have been starting to show as he lost twice on clay to the Serb, but Nadal proved his worth when it mattered claiming his sixth French Open crown and maintaining his number 1 spot. He’s had a tough draw and an injury scare so far, are the tennis gods conspiring against him.
Novak Djokovic: The man of 2011 so far. An amazing undefeated streak that lasted over 6 months and included winning the Davis Cup, The Australian Open, 4 masters titles and numerous wins over Federer and Nadal. It did come to end in Paris earlier this month and until then he had been favourite for the Wimbledon title. He subsequently pulled out of Queens to prepare for Wimbledon and is now the third favourite. So far Djokovic has been average verging on being really good, will he hit top form in the next few rounds?
Andy Murray: He comes back to Britain off the back of his best ever clay court season. Earlier in the year he reached his third grand slam final, losing to Djokovic in straights sets. He’s showed great form on the grass so far winning the Queen’s Club title for the second time. He looks to be in fine form. Is this his year? Can he past Nadal?
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga: The man who upset the big 4’s party, he is in fine grass court form reaching the final at Queen’s and giving Roger Federer a lesson in power tennis. He’s reached a grand slam final before and he his dark horse now.
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Roger Federer: Now the world number 3, the six time Wimbledon champion has very much been in the shade of Nadal & Djokovic this year. That was until the French Open when the Swiss ace appeared to recapture his form beating Djokovic in the semi’s for the first time this year. He has yet to beat Nadal this year. Federer was not the favourite until the draw was made and with no major obstacles until the quarter finals he was most experts top pick. They were wrong and he is now out.