What a big day of tennis at Wimbledon today. All the fourth round matches are scheduled for completion, and among them three are of major interest.
First to the women. In the big match of the day Serena Williams meets Maria Sharapova. Serena has won five of seven of their career meeting including five straight against Sharapova. However, Maria’s last win did come at Wimbledon. But I’m sure Serena will have revenge on her mind later this afternoon. And I think today she gets it in a very tough match.
At the top of the hour 8am here in the East, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters renew they rivalry for a 25th time, third time this year. Kim’s played better so far at Wimbledon and she seems to be the more loose player. But I think Justine wins this match. The 7-time Grand Slam winner came back to tennis to win the Wimbledon title. While I don’t think Justine will win it this year, I think she beats Kim today in three sets.
As for the rest of the women’s matches, I like Caroline Wozniacki, Li Na, qualifier Kaia Kanepi, Venus Williams, Marion Bartoli and Vera Zvonareva.
Looking at the men’s fourth round, the best match is unquestionably Lleyton Hewitt and Novak Djokovic. Hewitt has played really well this grass season – he beat Roger Federer 10 days ago in the Halle finale – but he’s dropped three straight to Djokovic. Meanwhile, Djokovic in some ways is lucky to be alive after going down a break in the fifth set to Oliver Rochus in a hotly contested first rounder. Novak has played better since, but overall he really hasn’t been on his game this year – allergies, bad serve, coaching issues, etc – and it may be a hot day. Hewitt is my pick to win this title and I’m sticking win him here. Hewitt in five.
Also today, I think Roger Federer could really struggle against a man he’s never played, lefty Jurgen Melzer. Again, if Federer had trouble with Alejandro Falla one could make the case that he would have even more difficulty with a better player like Melzer.
Rafael Nadal is again having knee problems, or so he says. In addition to getting knee treatment he also had some bicep or arm issues as well during his five-set win over Phil Petzschner on Saturday. But Nadal has won nine straight on Paul-Henri Mathieu and today in four tough sets he makes in 10.
I also like Andy Roddick over Yen Hsun Lu, Tomas Berdych over Daniel Brands, JW Tsonga over Julien Benneteau, Robin Soderling over David Ferrer and I think Andy Murray turns away Sam Querrey.
All in all, looks like a great day of tennis. Hope everyone enjoys it!
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