Wimbledon 2016: Gentlemen’s Singles Round of 16 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

This tournament will be shaken up in the round of 16 and settle into some sort of pattern when the quarterfinal round emerges.

[3] Roger Federer (SUI) v Steve Johnson (USA) – Johnson could win this match.  Federer however has to be happy with his path to the final 8.

[2] Andy Murray (GBR)[15] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) – Andy needs to make sure Kyrgios doesn’t get a lead.  If Murray can front run, I think he wins in 3 or 4 sets.  If Murray falls behind, the pressure of being the highest seed remaining

[7] Richard Gasquet (FRA) v [12] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) – What does Tsonga have left after a long match with Isner?  Otherwise, each man has strengths that make advancing likely, but each has some weaknesses that make a loss likely.

[5] Kei Nishikori (JPN) v [9] Marin Cilic (CRO) – Kei has dominated their head-to-head. The exception was his 2014 loss to Cilic in a 3 of 5 set Grand Slam final.  I think Cilic’s form at Queen’s Club and his overall power advantage help him advance.

[6] Milos Raonic (CAN) v [11] David Goffin (BEL) – Again, I take the bigger hitter versus a smaller baseline hugger who takes the ball early.  If Milos takes care of his serve, he should be able to bully a few breaks out of Goffin and advance.

[10] Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Jiri Vesely (CZE) – Berdych typically wins the matches he is supposed to win.  If Berdych gets a break or two of serve, he should beat Vesely.

[19] Bernard Tomic (AUS) v [32] Lucas Pouille (FRA) – Tomic seems to be on the rebound. I could see Pouille winning this match, but I think he is the underdog.

[28] Sam Querrey (USA)  v Nicolas Mahut (FRA) – Querrey could have a letdown after the biggest win of his life.  Mahut has a recent win over Querrey on grass.  Mahut also won a title on grass in 2016.  I think this points toward a 4 set Mahut victory.

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