Manic Monday is here! Why is it called Manic Monday? Well, because every section of the draw plays today, as the first Sunday is an off day for the grass to rest.
Let’s see what the match ups look like.
Andy Murray vs Benoit Paire
This is Benoit Paire’s first appearance in the second week of Wimbledon. He has played fairly well, especially in the third round where he overcame Jerzy Jancowicz, a potential threat who seemed to be playing very well. Paire has been playing better with every round, and if he brings his A game and Murray’s having a bad day, who knows what could happen?
Murray on the other hand has been watched extremely closely due to injury concerns with his hip, and with his extremely close match with Fognini and Fognini’s bad luck with the challenge in the fourth set, it’s very evident that not only is Murray not at 100% as he isn’t playing extremely well.
Prediction: Murray in 4.
Novak Djokovic vs Adrian Mannarino
Djokovic has been in surprisingly good form. He ousted Gulbis in a spectacular fashion, and every match has seen Djokovic play very well. Mannarino on the other end finds himself in the second week of the SW19 for a second time. He beat Monfils in a gritty five setter, had a rematch with Sugita and won and is playing very well. However, will it be enough to challenge Nole? I don’t think so.
Prediction: Nole in 3.
Rafael Nadal vs Giles Muller
The King vs The Gilles. Muller has been in spectacular form this year, capturing his first ever title and following it up with his first clay court final and a grass court title. The surface suits his style well, especially his booming serve. The Luxembourgian has reached Manic Monday for the first time, and I won’t be surprised if he furthers his cause.
Nadal has been in splendid form, and hasn’t lost a set yet. His confidence is high and he’s moving well.
Prediction: Muller in 5
Roger Federer vs Grigor Dimitrov
This one will be interesting. The Bulgarian has been playing well throughout the grass court season, and in match against Baghdatis, he didn’t make an unforced error for almost an hour from the start. Federer has been playing well too, but his form seems a little shaky, even if his performance against Zverev in Halle was excellent.
Grigor will bring in his big guns, and I have no doubt that he’ll pose as a significant threat for Roger.
Prediction: Roger in 4 tight sets.
Outside the Big Four:
Sam Querrey vs Kevin Anderson
Two big servers, one of them back with a bang and one of them defending his best performance in the tournament. Anderson has had a splendid 2017, and in our collaboration article with Tennis Pulse, I predicted that Anderson would make a deep run. He has performed well, and I honestly don’t see Querrey challenging the South African
Prediction: Anderson in 3
Marin Cilic vs Roberto Bautista Agut
The Croat has had an excellent year with his first quarter final in the French and a great grass season. He’s been a silent threat the entire year, and I have a feeling he’s going to strike this tournament. Agut is a journeyman and I don’t expect him to challenge Cilic.
Prediction: Cilic in 3
Dominic Thiem vs Tomas Berdych
Thiem finally reached the fourth round of Wimbledon, and his performance against Donaldson proved that the Austrian has it in him to challenge the best even in his so called “weak” surface. Berdych on the other hand has had a poor season, and had Kyrgios made a deeper run, Berdych would have been out of the top 20 had he lost early. But he hasn’t, and even though he has struggled a little, the Czech player seems to be finding his rhythm.
This one will be entertaining, and whoever wins could seriously challenge Djokovic.
Prediction: Berdych in 5
Sascha Zverev vs Milos Raonic
I still remember when Kyrgios dismantled Raonic. Nobody expected it, and this year seems to be the same with people predicting that Zverev will lose. I disagree. Sascha has been in great form and has reached the second week of a slam for the first time. Milos has been struggling, and with the pressure of defending finalist in his head, he’s going to be burdened.
Prediction: Zverev in 4
Everything is setting up for this to be an entertaining Manic Monday. Who will come out victorious? That’s up for the players to decide…