This year’s men’s quarterfinalists at Wimbledon have something in common that no other final eight group has shared in the 2000s—and it doesn’t have to do with grass, either.
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori, David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut, Sam Querrey and Guido Pella have all experienced victory on clay before reaching the quarterfinals at the All England Club.
Of course, Nadal’s bona fides on the dirt are firmly established (12 French Open titles will do that). Djokovic and Federer are past champions at Roland Garros, too. And over the past several years, Nishikori has established himself as a contender on the surface with back-to-back Barcelona titles, as well as runner-up finishes at the Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Monte Carlo.