The fourth round of the singles draws at Wimbledon will come to a conclusion on Monday and at the end of the day we will know the full identity of the quarter finalists in the third Grand Slam of the year.
Those who were not in action on Sunday will take to the court for their last 16 encounters on what really does look like a very good schedule of play on Monday, as we head towards the business end of the tournament.
We open up with the women on Centre Court when the defending champion Elena Rybakina looks to book her spot in the quarter final once again. She faces Beatriz Haddad Maia, the Brazilian who had a wonderful grass court campaign last season. When they are done Novak Djokovic will return to conclude the match he took a 2-0 lead in on Sunday evening. He’ll look to dispatch Hubert Hurkacz as quickly as possible. That will leave the court free for the pick of the women’s matches on the day which sees the 2022 finalist Ons Jabeur going up against the former champion Petra Kvitova. A proper good Centre Court schedule concludes with the number one seed in the men’s draw, Carlos Alcaraz, taking on the 2021 finalist Matteo Berrettini.
The men get things going over on Court 1 on Monday where there is a good schedule as well. Daniil Medvedev hasn’t always had much success here but he will be the favourite to reach the last eight at the expense of Jiri Lehecka. A very tasty looking women’s match will follow that one onto court when Aryna Sabalenka takes on Ekaterina Alexandrova. A second men’s match closes out the show on Court 1 and it has all the hallmarks of being a cracking encounter between the exciting Holger Rune and the classy and seemingly in form Grigor Dimitrov.
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That leaves us with just the two singles matches over on Court 2 before the doubles takes over for the remainder of the tournament. We have a match from each draw and it is the women who will get us started when the Eastbourne champion Madison Keys looks to continue her winning run when she faces the young star Mirra Andreeva who is having the week of her life. The men’s match sees Stefanos Tsitsipas looking to make the final eight at the expense of the Mallorca champion Christopher Eubanks who is full of confidence.
I like the over on a couple of game lines on Monday with the first of those coming in the match between the Mallorca champion Christopher Eubanks and the Greek ace Stefanos Tsitsipas. I think it is fair to say not much was expected of the latter in this tournament with his game not naturally suited to grass but it is hard not to be impressed by the way he has fought, especially having been on the court most days. He has played seven tiebreaks this week in the 13 sets he has played and it is a similar story for Eubanks. Eubanks arrived here full of confidence from his win in Mallorca with his big serve a real asset to him, as it will be here. His last four sets in this tournament have gone the distance and with both having more than effective serves and neither being particularly strong in the return game I’m expecting plenty more breakers in this one. The game line is 42.5 in this match and in any sort of four set match, which if this tie is littered with tiebreaks like it could be, I just don’t see how that is not covered.
The other bet I like comes in the opening match on Centre Court where I fancy Beatriz Haddad Maia could give the defending champion Elena Rybakina a run for her money. To be fair to Rybakina, Haddad Maia will do well to get close to her if the Kazakh plays like she did in the previous round against Katie Boulter but those sorts of performances don’t tend to come out too often. The big thing the Brazilian has got going for her is she has won both meetings with Rybakina, both of which were this year. There was a match on a hard court which went three sets and the other Rybakina retired from in the second set on clay, although given the different in that surface and this I’m not sure we could have taken too much from that anyway. Haddad Maia has a serve which more than holds its own on the women’s tour and we know she can handle the grass because she won twice on it in Nottingham and Birmingham last year. Both women have big serves for grass and I expect sets to be tight here. The game line is 21.5 which I think can be covered in a straight sets match given the potential for tiebreaks but a third set completely nails it.
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