Wimbledon 2009 Mens' Round Of 16 Predictions

Boris GodzinevskiCorrespondent IIJune 27, 2009

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27:  Andy Murray of Great Britain waves to the crowd after victory during the men's singles third round match against Viktor Troicki of Serbia on Day Six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Ah, predictions, they don't last very long do they?

Right to business I go:

Hewitt vs. Stepanek

Back to back five-set marathons against sub-par opponents (Grass being Ferrer's weakest surface), so I think Hewitt wins. No surprise but what am I going to say?

Berdych vs. Roddick

I picked the Czech at the beginning of the tournament to make the final, and no he hasn't disappointed me thus far.

Murray vs. Wawrinka

There's just no way Murray loses this early, too much momentum, and Wawrinka has already reached the level he did last year.

Simon vs. Ferrero

Simon is a rising star and 2009 keeps getting better. Ferrero was pushed by Gonzalez and is in decline, but I can't see the miracle quarterfinal berth from him here.

Andreev vs. Haas

Andreev needs to make that push to get over the hill. I see it coming here against a questionable Haas.

Sela vs. Djokovic

Surprise? I have seen nothing from Djokovic to indicate he's going to want it more.

Verdasco vs. Karlovic

I find it amazing Karlovic has made it this far, so I'm waiting for the bubble to burst.

Federer vs. Soderling

No, just no. I cannot see Federer's streak of a lifetime (semi-final appearances) be broken by Soderling, playing Giant Killer isn't a full time role.

Enjoy the round of 16 everybody.