Wimbledon 2012 TV Schedule for July 4th: Men's Quarterfinals

Alan Rubenstein@@uarubyAnalyst IIIJuly 4, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02:  Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a forehand return during his Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Xavier Malisse of Belgium on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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The Men take center stage on July 4th as the Men’s Quarterfinals will be contested on Centre Court and Court One.

Novak Djokovic and Florian Mayer will be the first televised match at 7 a.m. ET. After spending Tuesday catching up from Monday’s rains, Wednesday’s schedule returns to normal.

The closed roof on Centre Court was used extensively on Tuesday. Five Matches were played on Centre Court on Tuesday. It was needed to complete the Women’s Quarterfinals and Men’s Fourth Round. 

ESPN2 will begin their coverage at 7 a.m. ET with Novak Djokovic against Florian Mayer from Court One and ESPN will begin their coverage at 8 a.m. ET with Roger Federer taking on Mikhail Youzhny on Centre Court.

ESPN2’s coverage will continue until 3 p.m. ET when the leave to televise the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. ESPN will be on the air until 4 p.m.

Sportscenter follows tennis, so if any of the matches run long they will stay with them. 

The match of the day should be the second match on Centre Court. Fourth seed Andy Murray continues his quest to become the first British Male to advance to the finals at Wimbledon since 1938. Henry Austin lost that final in straight sets to American Don Budge. Fred Perry was the last British Male to win Wimbledon, when he won the title in 1936. 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Philipp Kohlschreiber will take to Court One following Djokovic and Mayer. Tsonga owns a 5-1 record against Kohlschreiber. This is their first meeting in a Grand Slam and first in a best-of-five in any tournament. Tsonga has swept Kohlschreiber in two meetings this year. 

Federer is 13-0 lifetime against Youzhny. Two of those matches came in Grand Slams. Federer ousted the Russian in 2007 from both the Australian and French Opens. Eight of the 13 matches came in Dubai, Halle and Germany combined.

Federer swept through the first two rounds, losing only nine games in back-to-back, straight set victories. His third and fourth victories took on a much different tone. He had to rally from two sets down in the third round to beat Julien Benneteau. It took four sets in the fourth round to defeat Xavier Malisse of Belgium. 

Youzhny has had only one match so far that went straight sets. His most impressive win in the fortnight was a four-set victory over eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic in the third round. 

Djokovic and Mayer have only met twice, with Djokovic winning both. Nole has lost only one set through the fortnight so far. Radek Stepanek won the first set in the third round before Djokovic swept the last three.

Mayer has had a much different path to the Quarters. Only his first round match went three sets. His second and third round victories went five sets. He was able to upset Richard Gasquet of France in four sets in the third round. 

Andy Murray and David Ferrer have split their ten career meetings. Ferrer won the most recent matchup in the French Open Quarterfinals in four sets last month. Murray has advanced to the Quarterfinals with arguably the toughest draw of any of the players remaining. Murray won impressively in straight sets over the 16th seed Marin Cilic in the fourth round. Murray has dropped only two sets thus far.

Ferrer has advanced through impressively, dropping only one set to Andy Roddick in the fourth round. Ferrer-Murray has the makings of a classic and should produce the best match in the Quarters. It’s the only match with a pair of top ten seeds. 

Kohlschreiber had to rally from a two sets deficit against compatriot Tommy Haas in the first round and has not lost a set since. That’s 11 consecutive set wins for Kohlschreiber. He comes into the Quarters a big underdog against Tsonga. 

The women are not entirely off on Wednesday, as the doubles will be played. Serena and Venus Williams have the possibility of playing two matches. They are tied a set apiece with Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko of Russia. If they win that match, they will play Bethany Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza. 

Women’s Singles third seed Agnieszka Radwanska will also play doubles with her sister Urszula against top seeded Americans Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber. 

The Tennis Channel concludes the coverage from 5-9 p.m. ET with Wimbledon Primetime.