Djokovic vs. Mayer: Djoker Will Waltz Past Longshot into Semifinals
In a Wimbledon that has already seen its share of shocking upsets, Florian Mayer over Novak Djokovic is not going to be one of them. Mayer has not shown he has the game to take down the defending champ.
Mayer has exceeded his talents to get to where he is. While he is the 31st seed and about to play in the quarterfinals, things have cleared up nicely for him to reach this point.
He advanced through the part of the bracket that was supposed to be owned by sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych. That changed when Berdych was embarrassed by Ernests Gulbis in the first round.
This left that portion of the bracket fairly wide open, and Mayer did not that opportunity slide by. He had a nice upset victory over Richard Gasquet, 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, in a rain-interrupted fourth-round match. This was an impressive performance, but taking on the erratic Gasquet is nothing like facing the precision shot-making of Djokovic.
Will Mayer win a set?
Mayer and Djokovic have gone head-to-head just once in their careers, and it was recently. Not surprisingly, Djokovic handled Mayer in straight sets in a victory at the ATP in Dubai this year.
In that match, Djoker won 7-5, 6-1. He faced a little trouble early, figured out his opponent and crushed him. With this familiarity, Djokovic won't have the same opening-set struggles and will win even more easily.
This is not meant to be a slam on Mayer. He is playing solid tennis—some of the best of his career since making the quarters at Wimbledon as a 20-year-old in 2004. He just doesn't have the game to take down Djokovic, but who does?
Nole is deadly on the grass courts, and he is in fine form. There isn't a player in this field who can beat him here when he is playing like this, and it certainly isn't going to be Florian Mayer, who is slightly overachieving after a career of underachieving.
Djokovic will cruise in straight sets.
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