Wimbledon 2013: Gentlemen’s Sweet 16 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Gentlemen’s Singles Round of 16

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Tommy Haas (GER) [13] – After Novak’s semifinal loss in Roland Garros, I thought he would be hard to stop at Wimbledon.  Nothing has changed my perspective on that.  Oddly, he does have a tough road to the title as Haas and Berdych have both beaten Djokovic at Wimbledon in the past.  Also, Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray beat him at this venue during the 2012 Olympic Games.  Haas should push Novak, but I expect the world number one to move forward in 3 or 4 sets.

Bernard Tomic (AUS) v Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7] – This is not easy to predict as both players can be erratic.  Berdych was Wimbledon runner-up in 2010 and has played well in majors (the 2013 French Open being an exception).  If Tomic can blunt some of Berdych’s power and force the big man to scramble, the young Aussie could plausibly pull the upset.

David Ferrer (ESP) [4] v Ivan Dodig (CRO) – Ferrer does not seem to be 100% healthy, but I think his consistency helps him to advance.

Andreas Seppi (ITA) [23] v Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [8] – Delpo is not the most natural mover on grass, but he should have confidence based on his play at the Olympic games last year.  If his serve and return are clicking, movement may not be an issue.

Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Adrian Mannarino (FRA) – One of these two men will be in the final 8 at Wimbledon even if they have been sent to court 14 for their match.  Kubot should advance.

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [24] v Jurgen Melzer (AUT) – Guile and experience may indeed take Melzer to the final 8.  I like Melzer’s game a great deal, but I am picking Jerzy to reach the final four at Wimbledon this year.

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v Kenny De Schepper (FRA) – I am tempted to pick the Frenchmen, but Verdasco has to be the favorite in this match.

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [20] v Andy Murray (GBR) [2] – Youzhny’s play at Halle and oddly relaxed/confident posture heading into this match should give Murray fans some reasons for concern.  In a three out of five set match, I think Murray will have enough time to figure Youzhny out if the Russian gives him any trouble.

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