Wimbledon 2012: TK's Day 8 Picks

Tommy KeelerCorrespondent IIIJuly 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Maria Sharapova of Russia in action during her Ladies' singles third round match against Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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The second week of Wimbledon is about to kick off, and it will do so in grand style. This is always one of the best tennis days of the year, when eight men's and eight women's singles matches are being played.

We've seen some great tennis so far, but I think the best is still to come. I went 41-19 with my picks the first week of Wimbledon. I will try to do even better this week as the matches get tougher to pick.


No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Viktor Troicki

I predict there will be a Serbian in the quarterfinals. It's always tough for Djokovic to play one of his countrymen, so I don't expect this to be easy. Troicki is playing well, but Djokovic is simply better.

Winner: Djokovic in three sets


Denis Istomin vs. No. 26 Mikhail Youzhny

One of these guys will be in the quarterfinals. Istomin is tough with his big serve, but Youzhny has the edge in experience.

Winner: Youzhny in five sets


No. 7 David Ferrer vs. No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro

This should be an interesting match. Neither player has done great at Wimbledon in the past, but they are both very dangerous. If Ferrer can make it a battle from the baseline, I like his chances, while del Potro will try to serve Ferrer off the court.

Winner: Del Potro in four sets


No. 16 Marin Cilic vs. No. 4 Andy Murray

Murray was just able to finish off Marcos Baghdatis under the wire on Saturday, which gives him a big edge in this match. Cilic's 17-15 in the fifth win over Sam Querrey had to take a lot out of him.

Winner: Murray in three sets


No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. No. 10 Mardy Fish

These two played last year at the U.S. Open in a five-set thriller. Tsonga seems to have an extra gear than Fish in long, tight matches like that. Plus, Fish hasn't played many matches lately.

Winner: Tsonga in four sets


No. 1 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 15 Sabine Lisicki

These two have played some good matches over the last year. They met in the semifinals at Wimbledon last year. Lisicki was up a set on Sharapova at the Australian Open before Maria came back. Sharapova knows it's time to step up her game, and I think she will do just that.

Winner: Sharapova in two sets


Kim Clijsters vs. Angelique Kerber

This should be a great match. I like Kerber's game, and she is playing well right now. However, this is the last Wimbledon for Clijsters, and I simply think her experience and motivation will be the difference.

Winner: Clijsters in three sets


No. 6 Serena Williams vs. Yaroslava Shvedova

Shvedova didn't lose a single point in winning the first set against Sara Errani in Saturday's third-round match. No chance of that happening here. Williams' return game did not look good in her last match, and this could be another tough one for her. Shvedova has a solid game and can hit the ball.   

Winner: Williams in three sets


No. 24 Francesca Schiavone vs. No. 4 Petra Kvitova

This is as well as I've seen Schiavone play on grass. You can never count her out. Still, Kvitova seems to be finding the level she was at during last year's Wimbeldon. No one seems to be talking about her, but they should be.

Winner: Kvitova in two sets


No. 14 Ana Ivanovic vs. No. 2 Victoria Azarenka

Azarenka is another one who has gone quietly through the draw—well, except for her grunting. I think Azarenka is playing well, and now that the pressure of being No. 1 is off her shoulders, she may be ready to win another major. 

Winner: Azarenka in two sets