Wimbledon 2014: Day 9 Gentlemen’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

I thought the bottom half of the draw was softer than the top half.  I still think that, but having to win either 4 best of 5 set matches in 6 days should even the odds a bit with the top half players.

Centre Court

Centre Court

[2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [WC] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) – Roger Federer completed one of the great years of all time in 2004.  In 2005, he was the man on tour despite Marat Safin winning the Australian Open.  Then he ran into a guy who played like a force of nature on clay and later on other surfaces.  I am not saying Nick Kyrgios is going to dethrone Nadal, but in tennis sooner or later a younger player emerges and ends someone’s reign.  Kyrgios is 6’5″ and serves big.  That means he had a puncher’s chance.  Unless, Kyrgios comes of age during an event, a la Sampras in 1990, Nadal will win this match.  Seeing someone under 20 playing well does me some good though.

Court 1

[4] Roger Federer (SUI) s. [23] Tommy Robredo (ESP) – Robredo has to draw confidence from his 2013 US Open win in the round of 16 over Roger Federer.  I don’t see Robredo winning again, but I think Federer must play well to advance.

Court 2 

[5] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs [19] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) – I nearly took Lopez as he’s entering his 4th consecutive week of grass court tennis.  He’s played quite well on grass in 2014.  Still, Wawrinka looked good today and is in also annoyed with Wimbledon not listening to players.  I think Stan will hit through Lopez just enough to win in 4 or 5 high quality sets.

Court 3

[8] Milos Raonic (CAN)  vs. [10] Kei Nishikori (JPN) – Milos has looked like a different player on grass from what I saw last year and how he played at Halle this year.  If Milos keeps an unbreakable mindset, he will be hard for anyone to beat.

 

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