Wimbledon 2013: Gentlemen’s Quarterfinal Predictions

Projected Winners in BOLD

Gentlemen’s Quarterfinal Predictions

David Ferrer (ESP) [4] v Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [8] – This match features a major contrast in playing style and stature.  Despite all of the differences, this match is nearly a 50-50 proposition.  Ferrer’s Grand Slam record over the past 52 weeks is 20-3.  JMDP is an underdog, but I think his potential to get free points off of his serve and his ability to crack returns will lead the Argentine to a close 4 or 5 set victory.

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v Andy Murray (GBR) [2] – Verdasco reaching the quarters can hopefully relaunch his career as a player in big events.  Murray is the #2 player in the world and grass might be his best surface given his 2008-2013 Wimbledon results, 3 Queen’s Club titles, and Olympic Gold on grass.  Murray should win the match 3 or 4 sets.

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7] – The big Czech beat Nole at Wimbledon 2010.  I t could happen again, but I am not expecting it given the 2011 champion’s form.  Novak is playing great tennis and looks to be in a great groove.  I think Nole wins this match in 3 or 4 sets.

Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [24] – I think Jerzy wins this match.  If he does, I think he will have a decent shot at breaking a lot of hearts in the UK by reaching the final.  I think Jerzy wins this match in 3 sets.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Dan it sure is interesting getting down to the pointy end of “Wimble-geddon” 2013. Perhaps some normality will creep in with a Murray – Djoker final, but don’t hold your breath. Love your blog – and apologies for not getting here sooner!

    1. Dan Martin says:

      No worries – Thanks for reading! Right now, I think it will be a Nole Jerzy final. That is my gut talking though.

      1. Mike Swanquis says:

        Agreed–hope so at least! If Jerzy just keeps plugging away at his game and doesn’t let his nerves get the best of him he has a very decent chance to finish what Verdasco couldn’t today. (Didn’t see that match at all, btw…no idea whether Murray was beaten those first two sets or gave them away.)

      2. Dan Martin says:

        Murray played more defensively than he has normally done under Lendl, but Verdasco also was hitting good lefty serves and nice forehands

      3. Mike Swanquis says:

        Yeah, just caught a few highlights. Verdasco has such a vicious forehand and is a fairly fluid player on all surfaces–still a bit baffled at his decline over the past few years.

        Last year you might recall that I stumbled upon a then-unknown qualifier Janowicz beating the stuffing out of Bolleli (another epic underachiever) on one of the four-bencher courts on Wimbledon’s first Monday and came away thinking that he would be a future Top 15 player. But even I didn’t think it would happen in a year!

      4. Dan Martin says:

        His rise has been pretty meteoric – I like his game a lot

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