Wimbledon 2015: Winning Time or my Gentlemen’s Quarterfinal Predictions

In the NCAA Basketball Tournament, I always feel like a team has to reach the Elite 8 or quarterfinal round before thoughts of them becoming champion feel realistic.  At Wimbledon, we have our Elite 8, and a classic Final Four could emerge.


Predicted Winners in BOLD

[3] Andy Murray (GBR)  Vasek Pospisil (CAN)Pospisil’s run is something he and his fans should appreciate. He has a power game and has played brave tennis.  His best chance is to just let it fly versus Murray and hope that service holds create scoreboard pressure that aid the underdog.  I think Murray’s return game, movement, and efensive skills will neutralize an offensive approach from Vasek, but that attacking gives Vasek his best chance at winning.  Murray in 3 or 4 sets

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [9] Marin Cilic (CRO) – Marin seems to be finding his way back after injury issues clouded most of his 2015 campaign to this point.  Novak had a tough battle with Anderson, but I think Novak is the obvious favorite here.  Cilic will have to play big man tennis and direct traffic so to speak to have any chance at winning.  Novak’s speed and ability to turn defense into offense will likely tell the tale.  Novak in 4 sets  

[2] Roger Federer (SUI)  v [12] Gilles Simon (FRA) – Simon is playing some of his best tennis in years.  Gilles has troubled Roger due to making him hit extra shots and at times making him generate most of the pace.  Roger is favored and has seemingly figured Simon out over the past several years.  Still, this could be an uncomfortable match for Roger if he makes too many errors.  Roger in 4 sets

[4]  Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs [21] Richard Gasquet (FRA) – This is really interesting to me as Gasquet is playing very solid tennis.  Stan has yet to drop a set at Wimbledon this year, but I still feel grass is not Stan’s favorite surface.  Gasquet may have the right combination of shot-making, retrieving, and keeping the ball low to pull an upset.  However, Stan is the more powerful player and could bully Richard off of the court.  I think Stan’s form since the 2013 US Open suggests he is ready for big matches.  That makes me think Stan wins.  Stan in 4 sets

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