From the moment Rafael Nadal went down, the talk of the men's draw at Wimbledon has been all about the semifinals. That's when Novak Djokovic would meet Roger Federer, and in a spectacular development for all concerned, that intensely compelling matchup has become reality.
To get there, some foreshadowing episodes had to unfold -- and it was regrettable to encounter such a tepid-looking group of quarterfinals on Wednesday. Unless you had a passion for Andy Murray's plight -- and that does include nearly the whole of Great Britain -- the schedule seemed hardly becoming for the most important tournament in the world.
The Federer-Mikhail Youzhny quarterfinal drew a glittering array of Centre Court guests, from the luminous Duchess of Cambridge (alongside the Duke) to such former stars as Rod Laver, Manolo Santana, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Ion Tiriac, Pam...