Wimbledon 2010: Previews and Predictions of the Men's Quarterfinal Showdowns
The script writer for Wimbledon 2010 could not have written it better. Five setters by the dozen, enough scares to the top seeds and of course, the Isner-Mahut "match of the century.
Somewhere at the start of the second week, he made a slight error—a typo.
The Gentlemen's Singles quarterfinals lineup is as consistent as expected. With the ousting of a Davydenko once again uneasy on grass, hard-hitting Tomas Berdych took his place in the quarterfinals to set up a mouthwatering clash with Roger Federer.
And Novak Djokovic, who's playing consistently through a bit of apparent discomfort, can reach the semifinals if he beats Yen-Hsun Lu !
Yes. Our meticulous scriptwriter, in all his confident writing glory, failed to deliver that last mouthwatering clash between Andy Roddick and the Djoker.
This is not to say that Lu doesn't deserve to be here. The 82nd ranked Taiwanese played the match of his life to take out perennial contender Roddick 9-7 in the fifth. However, I just don't think his consistency and power and can come close to troubling a hungry Djokovic with a point to prove.
Let's preview the matchups individually:
Roger Federer (SUI)  vs Tomas Berdych (CZE)  - Centre Court (1300 HRS GMT)
Berdych has had an easy draw but he hasn't come through unscathed. Troubled by a mercurial Daniel Brands, he went through in four scrappy sets and had a five-setter with Istomin prior to that. But the tall, powerful Czech has troubled Federer in the past with his stinging ground strokes and huge serve.
The Swiss Champion seems to have gone from having problems starting his engine to a comfortable fourth gear. Brushing off Clement and Melzer in straight sets, I think Berdych will push Federer to a couple of tie breakers or get an early break in one of the sets.
If he can win both of them, this one goes the distance. Otherwise, it'll end up being a tight albeit routine victory that will see Federer begin another semifinal streak and attempt to reach his eighth straight Wimbledon final!
Roger Federer def. Tomas Berdych 7-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)  vs Andy Murray (GBR)  - Centre Court
Murray has been cruising and this will be his first big test if he has what it takes to win Wimbledon. Tsonga the player causes all sorts of problems. He hits hard, hits heavy, and demonstrates a unique athletic ability to volley when necessary. However, the Frenchman has had an easy draw and almost knocked himself out against Alexandr Dolgopolov when he dropped a two sets to love lead only to win 10-8 in the fifth.
Murray dismissed a dangerous Queen's champion in Sam Querrey and he certainly has to be feeling the pressure now. This one could be an upset special if Tsonga plays at his best. Otherwise, a tenacious Murray could outwit him tactically and end this match quickly.
Andy Murray def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6
Novak Djokovic (SRB)  vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) - Court No. 1 (1300 HRS GMT)
It's unfair to think that Djokovic has caught a break with an easy road to the semifinals especially after clinically dispatching a dangerous Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth round. While Djokovic-Roddick would have been a five-setter in the making, a tepid Lu might suffer from the upset syndrome and surrender meekly getting a tie-break at the maximum.
The Taiwanese is consistent and plays safe but unlike Roddick, Djokovic has the whole arsenal and has a better version of it as well. Look out for a much anticipated Federer-Djokovic clash in one semi final. The Djoker will simply refuse to be troubled by Lu.
Novak Djokovic def. Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 7-5, 6-3
Robin Soderling (SWE)  vs Rafael Nadal (ESP)  - Court No. 1
This seemingly routine matchup is deserving of a semifinal spot. Giant killer Soderling is one of the top five players in the world and was cruising towards this showdown before a stubborn David Ferrer caused him a scare for five sets.
Nadal has had his problems too, coming off two five setters to unheralded opponents and being accused of receiving illegal coaching. I'm not sure how fit Nadal is feeling and this will have a huge effect on the match. Soderling wants revenge for his French Open defeat and he knows this is the best place to get it where his stinging inside-out forehands will be much harder to retrieve.
Nadal is hungry but he might not have enough this time to see the Swede off. It's an upset special that could go either way in a five-setter. At the flip of a coin, I pick Nadal and we'll then proceed to have a fabulous Murray-Nadal, Federer-Djokovic semifinal lineup.
Rafael Nadal def. Robin Soderling 5-7, 7-6, 7-5, 3-6, 9-7
Those are the quarterfinal previews. I wouldn't be surprised to see either Nadal or Murray bow out at this stage and while Berdych could cause the great Swiss enough trouble, I think Federer is simply too comfortable at this stage of Wimbledon.
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