Tour professional Kevin Anderson provides his expert analysis and opinion on what we can expect from Wednesday’s Gentlemen’s Singles Quarter-Finals at Wimbledon.
There are four very interesting Wimbledon quarter-final matches coming up today. People always seem interested in my picks and analysis during tournaments, so I would like to highlight my thoughts on each of the Gentlemen’s Singles matches that lie ahead. For starters, two of the game’s “heavyweights” are still in the draw, and they will both have their sights set on making the finals.
The first of these is Roger Federer who faces Croat Marin Cilic. Federer is definitely aware that Djokovic is no longer in the draw – the Serb’s untimely departure from the tournament was nothing short of global, front-page news. With the top seed out, many are touting this as Roger’s best opportunity to win an eighth Wimbledon title.
However, Roger has come into this tournament with less tennis played in the year than any other in his entire career and this season has plagued him with injuries. Nevertheless, Federer has improved with each passing match, and is looking sharp. But, he is up against a very tough opponent in Cilic, who has demonstrated adept skill on grass to reach three consecutive Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Marin will also draw confidence from his victory over Federer in the semis of the 2014 US Open. All things considered, this is likely the most interesting of the four Wimbledon 2016 quarter-finals, and I will definitely be tuning in to watch at least some of it.
The second man that everyone has their focus fixed on is home-crowd favorite Andy Murray. Andy is also cognizant that Djokovic is out of the tournament – cheers for the latter’s loss disturbed him during his third round match.
As the number two seed, Murray is now the favorite to win Wimbledon, and cannot possibly be unaware of the opportunity that now exists should he reach the final. However, Andy still has his work cut out for him if he expects to continue through the draw.
His opponent, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is no stranger to grass, and has reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon before. Tsonga’s gigantic serve and forehand, coupled with his all-court game, definitely have the potential to give Murray trouble. However, with Lendl back in his box, Murray seems focused and upbeat. Andy’s is in fine form and, as such, would be my pick to win the event.
The other two quarter-final contests feature some new faces. The first of these is American Sam Querrey who will play fellow North American Milos Raonic. Sam is enjoying his best major result to date, and what a place to do it. Sam found himself 2 sets to 0 down in his first round match against Lukas Rosol; few people would have predicted a comeback in that match, let alone a win against the world number one defending champion.
Now the possibility of a spot in the semi-finals looms large. It is undeniably difficult to follow-up a huge win with another successful match. However, Sam did just that by dismissing Frenchman Nicholas Mahut in the fourth round.
Milos on the other hand, continues his run of good form this year. He has reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon before, so he will definitely have the upper hand in terms of experience in this setting and coping with the gravity of the moment. Raonic also has legends John McEnroe and Carlos Moya sitting in his box and providing council on how to overcome the heavy-hitting American.
What we can certainly expect is a big serving match between these two. If I had to pick one of the non-favorites to win the tournament, I would choose Raonic. He is the dark horse.
In the final quarter-final matchup, veteran Thomas Berdych will face the young Lucas Pouille. Obviously Berdych will be regarded as the overwhelming favorite to win this encounter. At only 22 years old, Pouille has raced up the rankings recently, benefiting from a semi-final run in Rome as a lucky loser.
Berdych has struggled for form this year by his own standards, and will certainly be looking to capitalize on this opportunity. Lucas will have to muster up some top-notch tennis to overcome the talented Czech.
It will certainly be an entertaining day of Men’s tennis for anyone who tunes in tomorrow. I will likely catch bits and pieces of the matches in-between my training sessions at home here in Florida. Who will you have your sights on? Let me know what you expect from these exciting Wimbledon quarter-finals!
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