While the Wimbledon quarterfinals might feature a few more surprising players than normal, the upcoming round of play is certain to be exciting.
Although Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both exited early, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray provide plenty of star power late in the tournament. Meanwhile, fans want to see how far unseeded players Lukasz Kubot and Fernando Verdasco will go.
If we have learned anything from this tournament, it is to not count out the underdog.
Make sure to catch every match on Wednesday taking place at the All England Club in London by using this guide.
TV: ESPN, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3
|No. 4 David Ferrer vs. No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro||8 a.m.|
|Fernando Verdasco vs. No. 2 Andy Murray||Following 1st match|
No. 1 Court
TV: ESPN2, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3
|No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 7 Tomas Berdych ||8 a.m.|
|Lukasz Kubot vs. No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz||Following 1st match|
No. 4 David Ferrer vs. No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro
Few players in the world have been better than David Ferrer over the past year. The Spanish star has now reached the quarterfinals in seven straight Grand Slams, and he recently reached his first final at Roland Garros.
Unfortunately, he is like Nadal in the sense that he is much better on clay than on grass. He is unable to utilize his defensive style at Wimbledon, as it is harder to cut back and forth.
In this tournament, he has only faced one seeded player and continues to struggle. It is hard to imagine he'll keep up his winning ways against an opponent who has been almost flawless to this point.
Juan Martin del Potro has not dropped a set in four matches and has been consistent enough with his serve to keep winning in this event.
Score: Del Potro wins 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Fernando Verdasco vs. No. 2 Andy Murray
While Fernando Verdasco has not been perfect in his run to the quarterfinals, he has played just about as well as possible. He has been very aggressive throughout his four matches and has especially excelled at the net.
Verdasco will need to stay aggressive if he has any chance of beating Andy Murray in his next match. The British star is one of the most talented players in the world, and he will have the support of the home crowd to help him even more.
Murray is coming off a match against Mikhail Youzhny where he finished strong to win the third and final set 6-1. He has plenty of momentum heading into a match against the weakest opponent he has seen since the second round.
While the underdog could cause problems at the start of the match, the No. 2 seed will be able to pull away for the win.
Score: Murray wins 7-5, 6-4, 6-2
No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 7 Tomas Berdych
As expected from the top seed in the tournament, Novak Djokovic has been incredibly dominant on his run to the quarterfinals. Not only has he not lost a set, but he also is giving his opponents little chance to succeed.
Against Jeremy Chardy in the third round, the Serbian won 52 of his 58 service points, a mark of almost 90 percent. He also had 38 winners and only three unforced errors.
Djokovic then cruised to a victory over talented veteran Tommy Haas in the fourth round.
Tomas Berdych has shown great resolve in his bounce-back effort after losing in the opening of the French Open. However, he simply does not have the ability to keep up with the top seed the way he is playing right now.
Score: Djokovic wins 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
Lukasz Kubot vs. No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz
There might not be a better story at Wimbledon than the impressive showing of Lukasz Kubot. The Polish player is ranked No. 130 in the world, but he has played his way to his first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal.
He will face compatriot Jerzy Janowicz, who is also in unfamiliar territory in the quarterfinals. However, the 22-year-old player uses his 6'8" frame to hit one of the most imposing serves in the world.
After totaling 30 aces against Nicolas Almagro in Round 3, it is clear he can get his serve by anyone if he just keeps it in play.
Kubot certainly has not shown in his career the ability to defend that big of a serve, and this should be a relatively easy matchup if things go according to plan. In reality, the only one who can stop Janowicz from reaching the semifinals is himself.
Score: Janowicz wins 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
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