The last-16 is set and The Championships Wimbledon is really hotting up, with us fans being treated to some exquisite tennis as always at The All England Club.
Andy Murray won the match of the round against the mercurial Fabio Fognini, saving numerous set points in the fourth set and remaining zen-like amongst the pressure the Italian was exerting. Matches like this is why Andy’s a double Wimbledon champion boys and girls, and regardless of his struggles this year the draw has opened up for him and he looks set for a semi-final berth. There’ll be drama along the way though, there always is with our very own Sir Andrew Barron Murray.
Rafa Nadal is in the 4th round for the first time since 2014, and he’ll face the talented and experienced Gilles Muller, who have played here together before. Rafa has really impressed me. How foolish I was to doubt his grass-court credentials, he’s a double Wimbledon champion too no less! His serve in particular as been as good as it was when he beefed it up for the 2010 U.S. Open. Muller will give him a good test though, he’s improved greatly since their last meeting at SW19 and if Rafa comes through this impressively then we can start talking about the title honestly.
Alex Zverev is another that continues to impress, and his clash with Milos Raonic will be fascinating. Raonic’s weapons are undeniable, but Zverev’s sheer wingspan could possibly counter them, seriously. Especially as Milos doesn’t have plenty of matches in his legs this season. Difficult to call this one.
Novak Djokovic has also quietly been solid, and he has a great draw now with Adrian Mannarino sending Monfils packing in five. With Thiem and Berdych in Novak’s section, his current level will probably be enough to secure him a semi-final place, and from there he can find the extra gear he needs… if of course he has it. If Nole is holding the five of a kind and can summon Djoker level… good luck everyone else!
Then of course there’s Roger Federer. He won an entertaining match of old school tennis with Mischa Zverev, and was super clutch in that first set. He has without a doubt the toughest draw, with Dimitrov next, and the winner of Raonic/A Zverev in the quarters, before almost certainly having to face two of Nole, Andy and Rafa to take the title. Yikes. Well, unless Marin Cilic has anything to contribute. But then if he does, that’s another headache for Roger as Cilic’s game can be devastatingly good.
So, who is your pick for the title? Mine is still Roger (with each round its gone 60-55-51), but with all the contenders looking good, we might just be in for a Big Four Saturday! Now that is something we’d all love to see! Much love tennis fans. 🎾