Wimbledon 2012: Predictions for Men's Quarterfinal Matches

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IJuly 3, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02:  Roger Federer of Switzerland takes a break during his Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Xavier Malisse of Belgium on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will win their quarterfinals matches on Day 9 at Wimbledon, but the other two quarterfinals matches on the men's side are more of a mystery.

Unlike the ladies' draw—which featured more upsets than a room full of kids crying over spilt milk—the men's draw has mostly held to form. The only top-five player in the world that didn't make it this far is Rafael Nadal, who was unceremoniously dropped in Round 2 by Lukas Rosol.

We'll see if the four remaining top-five players can make it to the men's semifinals when the action commences on Wednesday, July 4 at 8 a.m. EDT of ESPN.

Here is how I see each of the men's quarterfinals matches going down.


Roger Federer (3) vs. Mikhail Youzhny (26)

These two men have gone through a couple of brutal matches in the last two rounds to get to this point. Between the two of them, they've played in 18 sets over the last handful of days leading up to this match.

Some may say that benefits Youzhny, the younger of the two. But I say Federer's mental toughness and overall skill will be too much for Youzhny to handle under the pressure of playing on Center Court at the All English Club.

Prediction: Federer wins in four sets.


David Ferrer (7) vs. Andy Murray (4)

To me, this is going to be the most interesting match of the day. Ferrer and Murray have faced one another 10 times in the past—the result being that they both won five times. 

The two of them have never played against one another on grass, either, so it's impossible to say which one has the edge heading into this match.

Murray has the edge when it comes to hard courts, though, and being that he's the hometown hero, I'm giving him a slight edge.

Prediction: Murray wins in five sets.


Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Florian Mayer (31)

The organizers at the All English Club don't even have this match on Center Court, if that tells you anything about expectations.

Djokovic has cruised through the top half of the men's draw so far. Through four rounds, he's only gone past three sets once—Round 3 against Radek Stepanek, which he won in four sets.

He won't have any problems dispatching Mayer and moving on to face Federer in the semifinals.

Prediction: Djokovic wins in three sets.


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (27)

Throughout their history on tour, these two players have met six times, with Tsonga taking five of the matches. He'll have no problems doing so again here in the quarterfinals, and I have him coming out of the bottom half of the men's bracket to make it to the final.

Tsonga has looked strong the entire tournament, but according to Paul Hirst of The Independent, he battled through back pain to overcome his Round 4 opponent, Mardy Fish. 

As long as his back holds up, Tsonga will win.

Prediction: Tsonga wins in four sets.