Saturday was a crazy day. The schedule on the outside courts was seriously curtailed by the rain meaning that there are still five third round matches to finish, two of which, didn’t even begin. Therefore I have split up the Magic Monday previews because there is a possibility that only the top half of the mens draw will be playing on Monday. If the other two matches from the bottom half are on the schedule, I’ll release those ASAP on Sunday! To be honest, I don’t think there are any stand-out matches on the mens side. However, with the “big four” all still left, I am salivating at the prospect of matches we could get in the second week of Wimbledon!
Poll Results: 58% correctly went for Kyrgios to beat Vesely on Saturday
TFF DreamTeam Update: Woo leads the league with Ray in 2nd place and PauLyearley in 3rd place.
Fantasy Wimbledon Update: JaredPine is still leading the way with FJ in 2nd place and little meeeee in 3rd!
1. Novak Djokovic v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
The prospect of a last 16 match between Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga does nothing for me. Djokovic has won their last eight matches including the last six all in straight sets. The French Open loss in 2012 where Tsonga was unable to convert four match points was a killer to his confidence and belief. At least on grass, this is Tsonga’s best surface, but Djokovic ain’t bad himself. The Frenchman saved a match point in a stirring second round win over Sam Querrey, which he won 14-12 in the deciding set. Tsonga saved a match point in what was a tremendous match. That win could have a long way for JWT; his third round win was routine as he needed just one hour and 43 minutes to beat Jimmy Wang, 6-2 6-2 7-5. After playing for five consecutive days, Tsonga gets two valuable days off.
Gilles Simon had his moments against Djokovic, but never came close to winning a set as Djokovic prevailed, 6-4 6-2 6-4. The talking point of the match was a shoulder injury that Djokovic picked up with what seemed like an inoculous fall. He later had a scan that revealed “no serious damage”. I’ve already discussed the H2H and it’s hard to believe that Tsonga has a chance in this one. The pair played a fabulous semi-final at Wimbledon in 2011, but I just cannot see Tsonga winning even a set.
Prediction: Djokovic d. Tsonga in 3 sets (1 tight, 2 easy)
2. Andy Murray v Kevin Anderson
Andy Murray has strolled through his first three rounds; in his Friday match, he defeated Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-2 6-3 6-2 in what was a first career match-up between the pair. His route through the draw has almost been too straightforward. However Murray has done all he can at this stage of the tournament and that’s play well and win easy! In the fourth round he plays the big serving Kevin Anderson, who needed five sets to extinguish the hopes of Fabio Fognini. Anderson actually won their last match in Montreal, 6-3 6-1. For me, no alarm bells in this match whatsoever.
Prediction: Murray d. Anderson in 3 sets (1 tight, 2 easy)
3. Grigor Dimitrov v Leonardo Mayer
At two sets to one down in his third round match, Grigor Dimitrov‘s Wimby hopes were starting to fade away. The Bulgarian player rallied in tremendous fashion to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov in a fabulous five setter, 6-7(3) 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-1. After winning Queens and getting a favourable draw, this felt like Dimitrov’s time to shine. After a win like the one over Dolgo, it enhances this feeling even more. In the fourth round, he plays Leonardo Mayer. The Argentine beat Andrey Kuznetsov in straight sets, who seemed to have a major comedown after beating David Ferrer in the previous round. Dimitrov for the win. PLEASE LET MURRAY V DIMITROV HAPPEN!!!
Prediction: Dimitrov d. Mayer in 3 sets
4. Marin Cilic v Jeremy Chardy
Can I have my moment to gloat after a truly terrible day of predictions for Saturday? I picked a Marin Cilic v Jeremy Chardy 4th round match. Marin Cilic produced a sensational display to take out Tomas Berdych in three sets. The match finished at 21:38 UK time, a record for a match on the outside courts. Chardy’s section has opened up, but beating Sergiy Stakhovsky, someone who has had his best results on grass, was a good win. In the Cilic v Chardy H2H, Chardy won their only match on clay in 2009, which is pretty irrelevant. On grass, I would definitely take Cilic even with this being a huge opportunity and the weight of potential pressure, which the Croat hasn’t always dealt with particularly well.
Prediction: Cilic d. Chardy in 4 sets