I made some great predictions in my Manic Monday article, and I hope to do the same in this article too! The quarterfinals are here, and the playing field is strong. The matchups will be tight and interesting, so let’s go ahead and make our predictions.
(1) Andy Murray vs (24) Sam Querrey
The American has made his second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal. Last year saw him take out Djokovic in four sets. Could the same happen with Murray?
Short answer: No. The big serving American has met the Brit two times in slams, and in both meetings Murray won comfortably in three sets, the latest of which happened this year in the Australian Open. Murray is a great returner, and unless Murray has a really bad day, I don’t see the Scot losing.
However, if a loss were to happen, the first two games are crucial. Should Querrey break Murray, it could just be a downward spiral, as the rhythm will favor Querrey heavily. And should the match stretch to five sets, Murray will find himself in deep waters. This is extremely unlikely, and with Querrey having struggled against Tsonga and Anderson, I fully expect a straightforward win for Murray.
Prediction: Murray in 3.
(2) Novak Djokovic vs (11) Tomas Berdych
2017 has seen Berdych struggle with his form. And with Djokovic looking better with every round, and the fact that Djokovic leads the head to head 25-2, I really don’t see Berdych seriously challenging Nole. Berdych struggled against Thiem, and while grass is his favourite and best surface, his movement is lackluster and his backhand unreliable.
Not that Djokovic hasn’t struggled with form himself. The Serb’s 2017 has been a slew of hasty and desperate decisions, especially his decision to play a warm up tournament before Wimbledon. However, he won Eastbourne and is seemingly in the groove, and his performance so far has been considerably better than the rest of his 2017. His confidence is high and he looks more motivated. His head to head with Berdych will give him an additional boost in confidence as well
Prediction: Djokovic in 3.
(3) Roger Federer vs (6) Milos Raonic
The dream comeback this year for Federer was seemingly further consolidated by his 9th title in Halle. And with concerns about his health, many speculated that Federer might find it difficult to perform well. This hasn’t been the case, as evidenced by a clean win against Grigor Dimitrov. Just like in the Australian Open, his performance has been getting better with more match play, and with Milos struggling with injuries and not playing his best, it isn’t odd to speculate that Federer might have a comfortable win. Sure, he’s lost against Milos the last two times they’ve met, but last year saw an injured Federer stretch the match to 5 sets and within a hair of booking his final berth.
With Federer’s current form and Milos’ inconsistencies, it is safe to say that the Swiss Maestro will win comfortably. Of course, these are only predictions.
Prediction: Federer in 3.
(7) Marin Cilic vs (16) Gilles Muller
How I wish my prediction wasn’t right. Muller is coming off of his most decisive career win, and while not entirely surprising(not to me at least), you have to consider the fact that Muller is having his best year in the tour at the age of 34. The Luxembourgian showed his finesse and mental toughness in his win against Nadal, and I fully expect him to be the exception among the many players who defeated Nadal, only to lose in the next round.
Or maybe not. You forget that he’s facing Marin Cilic. The silent underdog yet again. The Croat has had a fantastic year, with his first quarter final in the French Open and his first clay title in Istanbul. Mind you, clay is his weakest surface.
He returns again as a quarterfinalist, and previous occasions saw him lose to Djokovic twice, once in a tight five setter and once to Federer who made a spectacular comeback at two sets down. This year sees him face a relatively tamer opponent, and with his excellent form this year and his style of play suiting grass very well, I expect Cilic to finally make a dent after having gone unnoticed for a while.
Prediction: Cilic in 4.
What do you think? Who will win against who? Do you agree with all the predictions? Let us know in the comments below!