Roger Federer looks to book a trip to the 2012 Wimbledon Semi-finals if he can get past Mikhail Youzhny, Wednesday July 4th, in the Quarter-finals. Five of Federer’s wins over Youzhny have come on grass. The two met recently in the Halle semi-finals, with Federer prevailing 6-1, 6-4. Oddsmakers have Roger Federer as -1000 moneyline favourite to beat Mikhail Youzhny who’s listed as a +550 underdog. Start the 2012 Wimbledon Quarter-finals off right by getting your bet on the latest Roger Federer vs Mikhail Youzhny odds available now.
No.3 Roger Federer booked a spot in his 33rd straight Grand Slam championship quarter-final on Monday at The Championships, when he defeated Belgian Xavier Malisse 7-6(1), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 for the 850th match win of his career (850-192 overall). Federer improved to 10-1 lifetime against 31-year-old Malisse, who reached the 2002 semi-finals (l. to Nalbandian), in a rain-interrupted encounter on Centre Court that lasted two hours and 11 minutes.
Federer expects to be completely healthy Wednesday when he takes on Mikhail Youzhny for a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals. “I felt the back going the beginning of the first set, and then I played on it maybe three, four games,” said Federer. “I asked for the trainer, the doctor to come out to just talk about it. So I decided to have treatment inside.
“Honestly, I’m not too worried. I’ve had bad backs over the years. I’ve been around. They go as quick as they came. But of course I have to keep an eye on it now. I have one and a half days, which is a lot of time, to be quite honest, to work with. Two good nights’ sleeps and I’ll be 100 per cent on Wednesday. I’m pretty convinced, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to pull out the match the way I did today.”
No.33 Mikhail Youzhny reached his first Wimbledon quarter-final on his 12th appearance at the All England Club. The 30-year-old Russian, who had fallen in the fourth round on six previous occasions, recorded a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5 victory over Uzbekistani Denis Istomin in four hours and 16 minutes. “It was a really tough match for me against Denis, because he played really well,” said Youzhny. “He played consistently, I think, all five sets and he served well. So for me, it was very, very tough match.”
Youzhny improved to 17-10 in fifth-set matches, after he hit 12 aces and 51 winners. Istomin committed 35 unforced errors and could only convert three of his 14 break point opportunities.
“We’ve played a lot on grass. We know what to expect, both of us,” said Federer. “I think he’s a great player. He can take the ball early. He can mix it up well. He’s a great fighter. I had an extremely tough match with him last year on Court 1. I expect something similar, so I hope to recover and play a good match against him, and hopefully victory is on my racquet.”
Head to Head: Federer leads 14-0
2011 Wimbledon Great Britain Grass R16 Federer, Roger 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
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Roger Federer vs Mikhail Youzhny
When: Wednesday July 4th@7:00 AM ET
Pick: Federer -1000
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