What to Watch Wednesday at Wimbledon

How to watch: ESPN, ESPN2, 8 a.m. Eastern


Novak Djokovic vs. David Goffin

In the first match on Centre Court (8 a.m. ESPN), the world No. 1 and the defending champion, Novak Djokovic, will look to reach his fifth consecutive Grand Slam semifinal. Goffin, the 21st seed, has never reached a major semifinal. He has beaten Djokovic once in six meetings, though that victory came in their most recent match, in Monte Carlo in 2017. Goffin, normally more suited to clay and hard courts, has had a good grass-court season, reaching the final at the Halle Open, where he lost to Roger Federer. Still, Djokovic has dropped only one set on his way to the quarterfinals, and he is at ease on the surface where he has won four of his 15 major titles.

Roger Federer vs. Kei Nishikori

Nishikori and Federer will be next on Centre Court (ESPN). It’s familiar territory for Federer, who has won eight titles there. Nishikori has had a good year and is in the quarterfinals for a fifth consecutive Grand Slam tournament. Federer, the No. 2 seed, has looked flawless in this tournament since losing the opening set in his first-round matchup with Lloyd Harris; his fourth-round match against 17th-seeded Matteo Berrettini took only 1 hour 14 minutes. Nishikori, the No. 8 seed, has also dropped only one set on his way to this quarterfinal matchup, but if Federer is able to continue the play that has brought him here, there may be nothing Nishikori can do.

Guido Pella vs. Roberto Bautista Agut

Pella, the No. 26 seed from Argentina, and Bautista, the No. 23 seed from Spain, have had tough journeys to reach the quarterfinals. To reach his first major quarterfinal, Pella needed to defeat fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson and 15th-seeded Milos Raonic, both big servers whose games are particularly suited to the grass of the All England Club. Bautista needed to beat 10th-seeded Karen Khachanov and No. 28 Benoît Paire. Neither Pella nor Bautista has reached a Grand Slam semifinal, and their similar playing styles should make for a highly entertaining matchup on No. 1. Court (8 a.m., ESPN2).

Sam Querrey vs. Rafael Nadal

Next on No. 1 Court (ESPN2) will be Nadal and the unseeded Querrey, a matchup of players who have looked dominant in their own ways. Querrey’s serve has been broken only once, and the two sets he has lost have gone to tiebreakers. Nadal, the No. 3 seed, has looked much like the raging bull that became his personal logo. He has dropped only one set, storming through matches and breaking down opponents along the way. Nadal, who is seeking his third Wimbledon title and his first since 2010, is seasoned enough to know how to target each opponent’s weaknesses, and he has been seen practicing low slices, which would be a problem for the 6-foot-6 Querrey.

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