Wimbledon Day 7 Preview- Manic Monday
The second week of Wimbledon gets underway with one of the most exciting days of the tennis calendar, with both the men’s and women’s fourth round being (hopefully) completed in just one day. On a day this busy, it can be hard to keep up with the best match ups. Here is the pick of the men’s matches
Nadal vs Vesely
If this match were to take place a month ago, at the French Open, there would only be one winner. Nadal has proven his dominance at that event for so long that he must be considered the favourite for very match he plays. At Wimbledon, however, this is not the case. His early losses over the last 5 years make every match he plays a potential stumbling block.
Vesely’s game is well suited to the grass and has shown in his results at Wimbledon. This grand slam has been the Czech’s most successful slam, making the fourth round in 2016, and matching that this year with impressive wins over Diego Schwartzman and Fabio Fognini.
This is a dangerous match for the Spaniard. Vesely has the weapons to be able to take the racket out of Nadal’s hands, and has shown himself to be in good form. However, Nadal has also looked to be playing well in this tournament, and surely, after so much hurt at Wimbledon in recent times, it is time for the Spaniard to make a deep run once again
Prediction: Nadal wins in 4 sets.
Djokovic vs khachanov
A fascinating match takes place on Number 1 Court on Monday, between a future star and an established one still looking for that spark for it all to come back into place. Like the previous prediction, Khachanov also has the ability to take the racket out of the multiple grand slam champions hands, yet whether he will have the belief, or ability, to do this over potentially 5 sets remains another question. Djokovic overcame Edmund in his last match in a manner not seen in a few years; with an attitude of it being him against the world. It wasn’t pretty, and the Centre Court crowd certainly didn’t seem to like it, but this is how Djokovic plays his best
Prediction: Djokovic wins in 3 sets.
Nishikori vs Gulbis
The most intriguing match of the 4th round, this tournament has seen the return of Gulbis, a player who has effectively been nowhere for the last few years. The Latvian came through qualifiers, and has won another 3 matches to get to this stage, including a fantastic win over 4th seed Alexander Zverev in the previous round. The Latvian is flying in this tournament.
However, if Gulbis is flying, Nishikori is soaring. His win against kyrgios in the previous round is one of the best matches he has ever won, and he has never played better over 3 sets. The 24th seed took the Australian’s power and threw back more, with better precision right back over the net. Gulbis will be coming with slightly less power, and the same thing will again happen.
Prediction: Nishikori wins in 4 sets.