Wimbledon 2010 Previews and Predictions: Seven Days, Seven Matches

Rahil DevganCorrespondent IJune 27, 2010

After a week of absolutely brilliant weather, scintillating five-setters, scares to the tournament favorites and the most amazing tennis match that any spectator will ever witness, the seventh day at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club promises match-ups the likes of which we haven't seen at this stage of a Grand Slam in recent memory. 

Roger Federer vs. Jurgen Melzer

Centre Court kicks off with a much calmer, more composed and free-flowing Roger Federer as he seeks to keep his new 'quarter-final' streak alive against plucky Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

Melzer, fresh off a good show at Roland Garros (where he upset Novak Djokovic) can cause trouble with his consistency from both sides of the baseline.

Though his shots lack the sting that is necessary to cause Federer trouble, a good serving day will get him a set off the Swiss legend.

Judging by the way the five-setters have been rolling this Wimbledon, another one might not be that surprising, either. 

At the end of the day, the Swiss will cruise and play the crucial points better.

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Roger Federer def. Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3

Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova

It seems not too long ago that a teen-age Sharapova stunned reigning queen Serena Williams on Center Court six years ago. Although the former managed another couple of slams before injuries took their toll, she seems to be playing decent tennis.

Serena Williams, however disliked her arrogant attitude might be, is always a Grand Slam force to be reckoned with. I don't see the Russian getting the upset this time, but she might pull off a set if Williams plays at her erratic best.

Serena Williams def Maria Sharapova 7-5, 6-3

Sam Querrey vs. Andy Murray

This one promises to be a tight match irrespective of the fact that Murray might win in straight sets. Querrey is a hungry, driven professional in the Isner mold and if he serves consistently, there could be regular tie-breakers which could go either way.

My feeling is that Murray will simply play the crucial points better and this match will end in four tight sets.

Andy Murray def Sam Querrey  7-6, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3

Kim Clijsters vs. Justine Henin

Aha! Just when you thought it couldn't get any better than a Williams-Sharapova tussle on center court, the Ladies Singles fourth round serves up the brilliance of these two Belgians.

Twice finalist Henin knows that this is the Grand Slam she needs to win in order to complete the Golden Career Slam (4 Majors + Olympic Gold). Oh, and throw in a couple of WTA Championships for good measure.

Clijsters is a fighter and she's not going down easily. If both are on top of their game, this is going to be a marathon three-setter. Otherwise? It'll just be another three-setter!

Justine Henin def Kim Clijsters 7-5, 3-6, 6-4

Novak Djokovic vs. Lleyton Hewitt

This one remains the hardest to predict, partly because Djokovic at times can be infuriatingly mentally inconsistent and Hewitt is as mentally tough as they come, playing with nothing to lose.

This was evident by the way he took his chances in Halle and ended Federer's reign in the final.

Wimbledon is far different from Gerry Weber, but this is still an upset watch. Hewitt will refuse to give up and this match will go the distance.

Lleyton Hewitt def Novak Djokovic 7-6, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5

Rafael Nadal vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu

It's apparent that Nadal has been feeling left out with all the five-setters happening around him.

Not wanting to appear different, the World No. 1 promptly went out and played two consecutive five-setters against a mercurial Haase and a troublesome Petzschner.

Amidst reports about well-timed injury time-outs and his uncle's coaching, Rafael Nadal has a point to prove and he'll have trouble proving it against accomplished Frenchman Mathieu.

There won't be an upset here, but this is definitely going four sets if not five. Well fought blue, red the winner!

Rafael Nadal def Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6

Robin Soderling vs. David Ferrer

There's a Roddick match against Yen-Hsun Lu on Court 2, but the one that seems more interesting and definitive is the Court 12 showdown between Rockin' Robin and Spaniard David Ferrer.

This will be a true test for Soderling whether he's a more than serious contender for the Wimbledon crown.

Ferrer might trouble him with his dogged athleticism and consistent ground strokes, but if the Swede hits hard and makes few errors, this match will be a gimme and Soderling will have to be considered a favorite along with Roddick after Roger and Rafa.

Robin Soderling def David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5, 6-3

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