Today’s Trivia Question: Rafael Nadal plays three-namer Pablo Carreno Busta today in a match that was held over from yesterday. Who are the only two three-namers to beat Nadal at a Grand Slam?
1. The quarterfinals wrap up today. In addition to the matches carried over from yesterday, four more quarterfinals - Murray-Nishikori, Wawrinka-Cilic, Pliskova-Garcia and Halep-Svitolina - take the courts.
2. Thirtysomethings could make history. If the Top 4 seeds - Murray, Djokovic, Wawrinka and Nadal - all win, it’ll be the first major in the Open Era where all four semifinalists are in their 30s. The previous record is three of the four semifinalists (twice, at the 1968 French Open and 2017 Australian Open).
3. Nishikori’s beaten a No.1 at a major before. The Japanese is 1-3 against World No.1s at majors, the win being Djokovic in the 2014 US Open semifinals. Can he repeat the feat against Murray?
4. Wawrinka dominates his head-to-head against Cilic. He leads 11-2, which not only includes winning their last seven meetings in a row, but also a flawless 5-0 on clay (and 11-1 in sets on clay).
5. But Cilic has been dangerous for Top 5 players lately. Since losing to Federer at Wimbledon last year - a match in which he had match points - Cilic has won four of six matches against Top 5 players.
6. A Halep-Pliskova semifinal would have big No.1 implications. If Halep and Pliskova win their quarterfinal matches today, they’ll play in the semifinals on Thursday. If Pliskova wins that match, she’s No.1 - if Halep wins that match AND wins the final, then she’s No.1. But neither one’s there yet…
7. New York changed Pliskova. Going into the US Open last summer, Pliskova had lost in the first week of all 17 majors she’d played - she was actually the only Top 20 player at the time who hadn’t been to the second week of a major. She’s now been to the quarterfinals or better at three in a row.
8. Garcia’s going for the biggest win of her career. Garcia’s biggest career win came over a No.4-ranked Kvitova at Cincinnati in 2015. She’s 0-10 against Top 3 players - she plays No.3 Pliskova today.
9. Federer completed his Career Slam on this day. On June 7, 2009, Federer beat Soderling - who had beaten Nadal in the fourth round - to finally add Roland Garros to his resume, becoming the sixth man in tennis history to complete the Career Slam, after Perry, Budge, Emerson, Laver and Agassi.
10. Thursday is Women’s Semifinals Day. The two women’s semifinals will take the terre battue tomorrow, with the four men’s semifinalists getting the day off before taking the court again on Friday.
Yesterday’s Trivia Answer: The only Spaniard to take a set off of Nadal here was David Ferrer in 2014.
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