Tuesday Tennis

The greatest day of the tennis year, ‘Manic Monday’ has come and gone and now we are down to eight men left in the draw. I’m not going to brag about my picks or anything, but I will make you aware of the fact that I had six of eight quarterfinalists, and said Lleyton Hewitt was the most likely upset pick to make it there too. I’ll give myself credit for seven, but I never saw the Juan Carlos Ferrero thing coming!

Who could have seen him in the quarterfinals of his worst grand slam after dropping to 120 in the world? The quarterfinals of Wimbledon feature six veterans and two young guns, but the most amazing thing is the fact that five of the remaining eight players have won a grand slam. There hasn’t been a grand slam like this in quite some time. Now to preview the quarters…

Ivo Karlovic vs Roger Federer
ivoI correctly picked this match up. The 6″10 Croat has made his deepest run at Wimbledon, not being broke once in route. He takes on Mr. Federer, who is looking for a 21st consecutive major semifinal. Federer is 8-1 lifetime against Karlovic, and should make it nine. Federer has righted the ship since losing to Karlovic for the first time breaking Dr. Ivo three of the last four sets they’ve played. It won’t be easy, but Federer will take this match in straights. He’s just got too much game, and he’ll be a lot more likely to win a point off Karlovic’s serve than the reverse in an inevitable tiebreaker.

Novak Djokovic vs. Tommy Haas
In a rematch of the Halle final just two weeks ago, the Djoker will look for revenge. Tommy Haas in one of three resurgent runs in this tournament, but it will be very difficult to duplicate his Halle result considering how great the Djoker has played since losing his first set of the tournament. The Djoker has become the forgotten man in the tournament, and is really the only guy other than Nadal to have success against Federer in a major the past three years. Can Haas keep his demons inside him one more time, and pull off the big upset? Not likely, Djokovic in four.

Andy Roddick vs. Lleyton Hewitt
lleyton_hewitt_wideweb__470x347,0This match would have headlined the tennis world just a few years ago, but now has been relegated to a spot on Court One. Hewitt has made his first quarterfinal in a major since the 06 U.S. Open and is looking for one more chance to win a major, while Andy Roddick looks as good as anyone on the grass. He completely disposed of Tomas Berdych, who many thought would give him problems. The new Andy Roddick has Hewitt’s number, he should take this match in three sets, but never underestimate the heart of a champion. Hewitt’s two set come from behind victory against Radek Stepanek was great evidence of this. Who else could win 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 after being down two sets?

Andy Murray vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero
jcfFerrero is probably the best story of the tournament. Three weeks ago he was out of the top 100, and now he’s contending for his second major. He also catches a tired Murray, who barely escaped the Stanislas Wawrinka test in just under four hours. Murray may very well be tired, but Ferrero is probably the weakest of the eight remaining men in the draw, and Murray can’t possibly follow up such drama (the latest match in Wimbledon history ending at 10:39 p.m. thanks to the brand new closed roof) with a loss to Ferrero. I’ll take Murray in three.

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