The two favourites for the Wimbledon Gentlemen Singles Crown, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, started their quarter-final matches off simultaneously, hoping to book a date with each other for Friday's semi-final. While Federer had the luxury of playing in front of some royalty on Centre Court in the presence of the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge (and Mrs and Mr. Andre Agassi), Novak had the privilege of being relegated to Court No.1 in front of a boisterous fans base on what was clearly the people's court.
Federer came out of the blocks firing, drawing first blood in just the second game of the first set, putting an end to a rather protracted game, which went to 6 deuces, with the help of a scorching backhand return. Youzhny found himself in another spot of bother when he went down a break point in the 6th game of the set. Nevertheless, just at that moment, the rain gods appeared to come to his rescue, briefly suspending play on centre court. However, even the rain gods are helpless when the Swiss Maestro is in this kind of a mood. Federer started from where he left off before the interruption, sealing the insurance break with a scintillating forehand cross-court winner to allow himself the opportunity to serve for the set, which he did with consummate ease to bag the first set in just 26 minutes.