Hello. Rafael Nadal might have left London early, muttering darkly about those pesky knees again, but there’s still plenty of quality tennis left to be played this week. First we have Marin Cilic and Jack Sock, both of whom require swift recoveries after opening this tournament with defeats on Sunday. Sock’s setback was a little more understandable – the American, who wouldn’t have made it this far if so many top players hadn’t been struck down by injury this year, lost in straight sets to Roger Federer – while Cilic was frustrated after becoming the latest to fall to Alex Zverev’s rising genius. Federer and Zverev meet tonight and may well do so again in the final, while whoever loses this one can more or less forget about appearing in Saturday’s semi-finals. You feel this is bigger for Cilic; with the competition so diluted, the world No5 and former US Open champion could do with making a statement here, but he’s under pressure after losing to Zverev and has 0-2 record against Sock. As Sock’s presence proves, mind you, there’s a first time for everything.
Play begins at roughly 2pm BST.
at 8.29am EST
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