After a dramatic day in the women’s quarter finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday, it is the turn of the men to take to the courts to determine the semi-final line up on Wednesday with the leading three in the game all looking to make it through.
They all face tricky tests in her own right however so it will be interesting to see if they all make it through. There is an intriguing clash elsewhere on what has the makings of being another great day of tennis.
Day 8 Recap
Surprisingly only one of the four quarter finals went to a third set which was the American clash between Serena Williams and Alison Riske which the seven-time champion came out in top in. Elsewhere there were comfortable wins for favourites Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina but there was no such luck for British number one Jo Konta who once again melted from a favourable position, this time against Barbora Strycova.
It was a decent enough betting day for us on Tuesday. Elina Svitolina didn’t just win but she covered the handicap in the process while Serena Williams brought in our quarter bet on her to land a nice punt. It would have been better if Konta had converted from 4-1 in the first set but that one wasn’t to be.
Novak Djokovic vs David Goffin (H2H: 5-1)
The first quarter final on Centre Court sees the world number one Novak Djokovic looking to make it into another Wimbledon semi-final when he takes on a David Goffin for whom this isn’t his best surface but whose shot making ability makes him dangerous.
It will be interesting to see what we get from Djokovic here. Ugo Humbert was a rabbit in the headlights against him in the previous round but you wouldn’t think Goffin will be. Just quietly Goffin has been playing nicely on the grass this season and I happen to think the Belgian might be something of a handful for Djokovic here. The games line for this one is 30.5 and that looks a touch low to me. We would only need Goffin to win a set to cover that but a couple of extended sets gets it done too. The Belgian is good enough to hang around long enough for this to cover.
Kei Nishikori vs Roger Federer (H2H: 3-7)
The second match on Centre Court on Wednesday could be the pick of the quarter finals, and is in terms of world rankings as two members of the top eight seeds in the tournament clash when Kei Nishikori goes up against Roger Federer.
Both men have cruised into this quarter final but I watched the whole of Nishikori’s match against Mikhail Kukushkin in the previous round and he didn’t look to hit the ball great and his serve just looks so weak so it is hard for me to believe the Japanese star will trouble Federer here. Federer has looked awesome in the tournament so far. He dropped his first set of it against Lloyd Harris but since then he has dropped just 32 games. On these slow courts it is going to be hard for Nishikori to pass Federer so I’m expecting a comfortable Swiss win here.
Guido Pella vs Roberto Bautista Agut (H2H: 0-2)
The first of the quarter finals out on Court 1 sees the two surprise packages going at it when Guido Pella takes on Roberto Bautista Agut with both men looking for a place in their first Grand Slam semi-final, a fair way into their careers.
Their path to this quarter final have been polar opposites. Bautista Agut hasn’t yet dropped a set in this tournament while Pella has gone five sets with Milos Raonic and Andreas Seppi in this tournament. If the Argentina has something left to give this could be a cracking quarter final but you’ve got to think the consistent Spaniard will have his measure here. I’m not keen to take Pella on though so I’ll leave this alone and assess it in play.
Sam Querrey vs Rafael Nadal (H2H: 1-4)
The last quarter final over on Court 1 sees the clash in styles of Sam Querrey and Rafael Nadal locking horns for a place in the semi-final where either Kei Nishikori or Roger Federer will be waiting for the winner.
Querrey and his big serve will aim to take the racquet out of the hands of Nadal, while the Spaniard will be looking to evoke top form on his way to another semi-final appearance. Either side of his epic battle with Nick Kyrgios, Nadal has looked awesome so far in this tournament but while Querrey might have done much of his work on the outer courts he has played his style impressively too. I’m tempted to take over 35.5 games in this one but I can’t bring myself to take on the French Open champion so I’ll sit this one out.
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