Three of the four participants in the men’s semifinals today at Wimbledon — Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — already have their names etched on the trophy. The other, Richard Gasquet, does not.
Three of the four semifinals already own multiple Grand Slam titles: Federer with a record total of 17, Djokovic with eight, Murray with two.
While defending champion Djokovic, is seeking a third Wimbledon title, the other semifinal features one player seeking his record eighth championship at the grass-court tournament (Federer) against another in pursuit of his second (Murray). But there were 124 entrants, all gone by now, who would love to trade places.
Federer, the runner-up to Djokovic at Wimbledon a year ago, has not won a Grand Slam title since beating Murray at the All England Club in the 2012 final.
A few weeks later, Murray defeated Federer at Centre Court to win the gold medal at the London Olympics. Federer holds a 12-11 edge over Murray, taking the past three matchups. Even Djokovic isn’t sure who should be expected to win. “I can’t pick a favorite, honestly,” Djokovic said. “I would go 50-50. It’s really hard to say.”