Men’s quarter-finals are on Wednesday and they will have to do something special to live up to the women’s quarters which were great! In case you missed it, i’ve just started the first ever Moo’s Tennis Blog prize giveaway! I’m giving away three copies of the Game, Set and Match tennis book thanks to Bloomsbury Books UK. All you have to do to enter is to share my Twitter or Facebook posts advertising the competition. You have until Monday to enter!
1. Andy Murray v Vasek Pospisil (Wimbledon, QF)
Andy Murray‘s route through the 2015 Wimbledon draw has been sweet; through this first four rounds, he has defeated Mikhail Kukushkin, Robin Haase, Andreas Seppi and Ivo Karlovic. He has lost two sets in his last two matches, overcoming a tough match against the big serving Karlovic in the fourth round. Murray dropped the third set but prevailed in four, 7-6(7) 6-4 5-7 6-4 in three hours and three minutes. After David Ferrer pulled out and Rafael Nadal was defeated by Dustin Brown, this section providing Murray’s quarter-final opponent opened up like a dream for someone unexpected to come through… step forward, Vasek Pospisil who is into his first Grand Slam quarter-final.
Pospisil was on the edge of defeat in his first round match against Vincent Millot. He was two sets to one down but fought back to win, 7-6(2) 3-6 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 6-3. Pospisil’s only relatively comfortable match was against a seed, Fabio Fognini in the second round where he won in four sets. Pospisil’s last two matches have both been a struggle and he has shown tremendous character; Pospisil came from two sets to one down to beat James Ward and the Court No. 1 crowd in the third round, prevailing 8-6 in the fifth set and he then came from two sets down to beat Viktor Troicki in five sets on Monday. Pospisil had had a poor year up till now and was affected by injuries on the clay. He had only once won more than two matches at a tournament, reaching the third round at the Australian Open.
Murray has won all three previous encounters against Pospisil in straight sets; the big serving Canadian will have nothing to lose (a cliché but true) in the quarters but I wonder if his run through, speniding 11 hours and 32 minutes on the court in singles, may catch up with him. Add to that Pospisil played ten sets on Monday, going out in the doubles with Jack Sock in an extra time finish, 8-6 in the fifth. Therefore, i’m going for Andy in straights.
Prediction: Murray d. Pospisil in 3 sets
2. Roger Federer v Gilles Simon (Wimbledon, QF)
Roger Federer has looked in superb form so far this fortnight with the loss of just one set. Federer recorded straight set wins against Damir Dzumhur, Sam Querrey and Roberto Bautista Agut, dropping his only set to Sam Groth in the third round. Federer never looked troubled though Groth’s serving abilities give him the chance of winning sets against the best players in tiebreaks. Federer’s quarter-final opponent, Gilles Simon has looked in equally impressive form. Surviving a wild and entertaining match against Gael Monfils that was finished under the Centre Court roof, Simon then took apart Tomas Berdych in the fourth round, 6-3 6-3 6-2.
Federer leads the head-to-head against Simon, 5-2. Simon won their first two encounters in 2008 and has pushed Federer to five sets at the Australian Open (2011) and Roland Garros (2013). Don’t be surprised if Simon wins a set, perhaps two here as he’s playing very well at the moment. Also don’t be surprised if Federer is untouchable and dances through. I’m leaning towards the former…
Prediction: Federer d. Simon in 4 sets