Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Wimbledon Men's Quarter Final Previews & Predictions

Defending champion Novak Djokovic came through a huge scare against Kevin Anderson over 2 days to reach the quarter-finals. The Serbian who admitted it was a very difficult match will find no let up in his next match against US Open champion Marin Cilic. Novak is going to face a barrage of 1st serves from Marin similar to Anderson plus Cilic has a better all round game than Kevin has. Novak is playing well but doesn't look unbeatable at the moment. Cilic will get chances on the Serbian's serve and needs to take them. Djokovic though finds ways to defeat opponents even when not playing his best so Cilic needs to watch out and keep his head. The players met at the same stage in 2014 and it went to 5 sets with Novak having to come from 2 sets to 1 down but won comfortably in the end. I think we could see a few tight sets again in this quarter-final especially with Cilic now a Grand Slam champion from the US Open and being more confident. With a W12 L0 record obviously Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite

Novak Djokovic v Marin Cilic over 3.5 sets 6/4 and over 33.5 games 8/11 bet365
Gilles Simon has been playing some solid tennis at this years Wimbledon. Breezing through the early rounds he won an epic 5 setter on Centre Court on Saturday against the flamboyant Gael Monfils before thrashing Tomas Bedych on manic Monday in straight sets. He is a classic counter puncher and his ability to hit angles and increase pace when needed is one of the best on the ATP circuit. Roger Federer though is in great form himself. He is serving well, striking the ball smoothly and no player has more experience of these Wimbledon courts than the Swiss Master. H2H it is 5-2 to Federer winning the last 5. Simon's wins came way back on hardcourts in 2008. However they have 2 x 5 set matches in Grand Slams already in their careers 2011 Australian Open and 2013 French Open so Gilles is more than capable of winning sets against Federer. Their last match up was in Shanghai last year and it was close again Roger winning 7-6 7-6. I think Simon is playing well and should put up a good display. If Gilles wins then the Frenchman will also knock Rafa Nadal out of the ATP top 10 in the new rankings.

Roger Federer v Gilles Simon over 33.5 games 8/11 and over 3.5 sets 11/10 bet365
Andy Murray would be licking his lips if you told him before the tournament started that he would be playing Vasek Pospisil in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. The British world number 3 is looking in great form and although he has dropped sets to Seppi and Karlovic, Andy has looked in good form, great shot making, returning and his serve looking good too. These are the crunch matches in the tournament and with a 3-0 H2H record over Vasek without losing a set Murray will be super confident. Pospisil is in unknown territory now so expect some nerves. He possesses a very good serve and also capable of mixing up play with some serve and volleying, although expect Andy Murray to dictate play. I think Pospisil can keep it close in at least one of the sets but I wouldn't be surprised to see the former champion win in straight sets without problems

Andy Murray v Vasek Pospisil over 30.5 games bet365
Stan Wawrinka is full of confidence after his French Open victory over Novak Djokovic. The Swiss number 2 has been playing well here at Wimbledon in the early rounds playing solid grass court tennis. Richard Gasquet has had his troubles with illness in recent months but seems back on form and playing some great grass court tennis himself, especially with that exquisite backhand of his. He beat Kyrgios in the last round which should be a big confidence boost. Neither player is going to overpower their opponents on serve so I expect a lot of exciting rallies and creativity from both players. H2H its 1-1 including an epic 8-6 5th set win for Stan in the 2013 French Open. Could be a classic again! I think there is value in a Gasquet win.

Richard Gasquet 7/4 to beat Stan Wawrinka bet365 ;

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