Wimbledon Quarter Finals Preview
Quarter finals day at Wimbledon brings us some fascinating matches, which could stretch long into the summer evening in London tomorrow. Here are the four matches and their predictions.
Djokovic vs Nishikori
An exciting match of two players with similar styles gets underway first on centre court. Both players, trying to get back into their best form, have played very well in the tournament so far, with Nishikori especially excellent in his proficient fourth round win of Nick Kyrgios. Meanwhile, Djokovic has only lost one set so far, to Kyle Edmund in the third round, before calmly dispatching young Russian Karen Khachanov in his previous match. More intimidating for his opposition is the fact that the intensity, and fight, of the Serb seems to have increased markedly this grass court season. Djokovic’s head is back in the game.
Historically, Djokovic has owned this rivalry, leading 13-2, not losing to the Japanese player since the semi-finals of the US Open in 2014. This does not mean Nishikori has been totally dominated; he has won sets, and got close on a few occasions, but Djokovic has always been superior in the final stages. This is not likely to change in this match, despite Nishikori playing some inspired tennis.
Prediction- Djokovic wins in 5 sets.
Federer vs Anderson
Federer could not have made easier work of his path through the tournament so far, while Anderson has been proficient, especially in a solid performance to beat a business-like Monfils in the previous round.
While Federer does lead this rivalry by 4-0, it is unlikely this will help us to predict the match; the pair have not played since 2015, and both players have transformed their game since then and become far better. However, at Grand Slams, Federer does well against the big servers. He has the ability to be able to block back their huge serves, and effectively neutralise their biggest weapon. Once in a rally with Anderson tomorrow, there should be only one winner. In a tie break, which should be expected in this match, Federer will only have to do this once to take the advantage.
Prediction – Federer wins in 3 sets.
Raonic vs Isner
Two of the biggest servers in the game go against each other for a spot in the semi-finals, something that would be surprising to think at the start of the tournament. Isner has never made it past the first week at Wimbledon, and Raonic has rapidly come back into form to reach stage of the tournament.
In this match, one thing is almost guaranteed: tiebreaks. Of the 9 sets the pair have played, 7 have been decided by a tiebreak. Because of this only a few points will decide the match, making a prediction vey difficult. However, when Isner start to role, he can be very difficult to stop, seen when he won in Miami this year.
Prediction- Isner wins in 4 sets.
Nadal Vs Del Potro
The most exciting match of the quarter finals, this one should be a thrilling watch.
Nadal leads the head to head 10-5. The two played at Wimbledon back in 2011 when Nadal won in a tight four set match. Their last match was back at Roland Garros, where after a tight first set, Nadal dominated the argentine.
Before the tournament, I predicted that Del Potro would beat Nadal at this stage. However, while watching these two play, a few things have changed my mind. Firstly, Nadal has looked to be playing excellent tennis so far and has not lost a set so far.
Secondly, Del Potro was not looking his best in his previous round against Giles Simon. He seemed to be focusing on his slice backhand crosscourt too much, even when a topspin shot would have been the more effective choice. Against Nadal, del Potro will get stuck in rallies in which he is forced to slice to Nadal’s biggest weapon, the forehand. This is a losing strategy for the argentine, but because he seems to be using this strategy, even when it has not been working, I cannot see a way Del Potro will be able to come through in this match.
Predciton- Nadal wins in 3 sets.