Wimbeldon: Men's Fourth-Round Preview/Picks

Joseph CiracoCorrespondent IJune 28, 2009

No. 2 Roger Federer vs. No. 13 Robin Soderling:  The rematch of the French Open happens in round four— the same round that saw Soderling beat Nadal.  Federer has dominated Soderling.  Despite the change in surface, which should help Soderling, the pick is Federer in four sets.


No. 6 Andy Roddick vs. No. 20 Tomas Berdych:  Which Tomas Berdych will show up?  Roddick is often ridiculed for not being able to win another major, but he should advance here.  These two have split four previous meetings.  Expect a lot of aces and quick points.  Roddick in five.


No. 7 Fernando Verdasco vs. No. 22 Ivo Karlovic: These two have played three very close matches, with Karlovic winning 2.  They've played one match on grass, with Ivo Karlovic winning in three sets (10-8 in the third set tiebreaker).  This will be a battle of the big server against the big groundstrokes of Verdasco.  Karlovic in five.


No. 23 Radek Stepanek vs. Lleyton Hewitt:  I haven't seen Hewitt play this well in a long time and I don't see a letdown against Stepanek.  Hewitt is 2-0 against Stepanek, and even though they haven't played against each other in over five years, I like Hewitt to march on.  Hewitt in four.


No. 29 Igor Andreev vs. Tommy Haas:  Another rejuvenated player, Tommy Haas is making yet another deep run in a major.  After blowing a two-set lead against Federer at the French, Haas has maintained his form and beat Djokovic two weeks ago.  However, after a long match, I like Andreev and his big forehand to sneak by Haas.  Andreev in five.


No. 3 Andy Murray vs. No. 19 Stanislas Wawrinka: Murray versus a Swiss.  Didn't we all expect this to happen?  Oh..he's playing the other Swiss.  Andy Murray is 4-3 against Wawrinka and he's playing with a lot of confidence at the moment.  I expect Wawrinka to play well but I like Murray.  Murray in four.


No. 8 Gilles Simon vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero:  These two have never played before, and Simon has finally found his game after some early struggles.  Ferrero is a former No. 1 player and I like this matchup for him.  This is the upset special.  Ferrero in four.


No. 4 Novak Djokovic vs. Dudi Sela:  The easiest match to pick in the fourth round.  Djokovic is just finding his form and should be able to dictate points with ease against Sela.  Djokovic in three.