Wimbledon 2014: Schedule and Bracket Predictions for Day 9 at All England Club

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Wimbledon 2014: Schedule and Bracket Predictions for Day 9 at All England Club
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The 2014 edition of the Wimbledon Championships has finally reached the quarterfinals, and tennis fans across the world are ready to witness the top stars in the sport fighting for the right to advance to the semifinals.

With stars such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Simona Halep and Andy Murray all still alive, the intense competition on Wednesday will result in one of the wildest days of the tournament thus far.

Here is the full television schedule and matchups for Day 9 of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships.

 

Day 9 Schedule and Viewing Information
Date Time (ET) Watch
July 2 8 a.m.-3 p.m. ESPN
July 2 8 a.m.-4 p.m. ESPN2

Source: SI.com

*Check Wimbledon.com for full mens and womens brackets.

 

2014 Wimbledon: Day 9 Schedule
Men's Side
Player 1 Player 2 Court Predicted Winner
Andy Murray vs. Grigor Dimitrov Centre Murray
Roger Federer vs. Stan Wawrinka Centre Federer
Novak Djokovic vs. Marin Cilic No. 1 Djokovic
Nick Kyrgios vs. Milos Raonic No. 1 Raonic
Women's Side
Player 1 Player 2 Court Predicted Winner
Simona Halep vs. Sabine Lisicki Centre Halep
Angelique Kerber vs. Eugenie Bouchard No. 1 Bouchard

Source: Wimbledon.com

*For the full schedule, check out Wimbledon.com.

 

Can’t-Miss Matchup: No. 4 Roger Federer vs. No. 5 Stan Wawrinka

The men’s and women’s quarterfinals scheduled for Wednesday all have interesting storylines and top stars involved, but the most intriguing battle will be between Swiss tennis stars No. 4 seed Roger Federer and No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka.

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Each man was forced to play on Tuesday due to rain earlier in the tournament and the venue’s policy against playing on Sunday. While this is not an ideal situation for either athlete, the fact that each is coming from similar circumstances evens the playing field.

Wawrinka deserves immense credit for making it to the quarterfinals. He has used his impressive serve and tenacious return ability to beat Joao Sousa, Yen-Hsun Lu, Denis Istomin and No. 19 seed Feliciano Lopez through the first four rounds, respectively.

After a hard-fought win over Lopez, Wawrinka spoke to Wimbledon’s official Twitter account about playing Federer:

There is no doubt that Wawrinka is one of the best players on tour, but whether he has the ability to knock off a legend such as Federer who has won this tournament seven times over the course of his career remains to be seen.

Despite the momentum Wawrinka carries into the quarterfinals, Federer spoke to ATPWorldTour.com about how well he is playing and his plan to bring that same intensity on Day 9:

I feel like my games right there. It’s important to keep it up and not have any major let downs or minor hiccups. I need to be really focused out there. I’m able to do that. I’m healthy. Things are exactly where I want them to be. But I’m only in the quarter-finals and thats where the tournament really starts.

While Federer may have supreme confidence in his game right now, he is also familiar with his challenger. According to Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times, the two men are friends and have a long history against each other:

Federer utterly dominated his competition through the first rounds, eliminating Paolo Lorenzi, Gilles Muller, Santiago Giraldo and No. 23 seed Tommy Robredo, respectively. Not only did he blaze through the opening matchups, but he also managed to do so without dropping a set thus far in the tournament.

Wawrinka will undoubtedly bring his best in his first attempt at a quarterfinals matchup at Wimbledon, but the craftiness of a veteran such as Federer will help him win the close points and advance to the semifinals.

Expect a fierce battle between the two Swiss countrymen.

Predicted Winner: Federer, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

 

*Stats via Wimbledon.com.

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