I totally screwed up the Wimbledon predictions on both sides. My first prediction was that of Andy Roddick and Roger Federer in the Wimbledon Final. My prediction for the ladies was that of Marion Bartoli in the finals.
Unfortunately, I was dead wrong with my predictions. Roddick lost in the 4th and Bartoli lost this morning in the quarters. Bartoli put up a better fight than Roddick but she still lost. Please accept my formal apology for picking winners that just could not win when they needed to, so I’m sorry.
Who does it leave? We still have the mens quarterfinal matches coming on 6/29 so that’s exciting. I’m excited to see Aussie, Bernard Tomic go head to head with Djokovic. I’m pretty certain that Nole will win, but there is a slight chance Tomic can out hit him, after all, Bernard hits the ball a ton and has a big serve. Of course Djokovic is the more experience player in the match; he returns really well, has vastly improved his serve, and is seriously chasing that #1 spot by the end of the year. I’ll call Djokovic as the winner of this match.
I’m sure a lot of people here in the US are really excited that Mardy Fish is in the quarterfinals, though I’m sure they’re not happy that he has to face ATP #1 Rafael Nadal. Rafa owns Fish in all their meetings with Nadal leading 5-0. The two have met at Wimbledon before, back in 2007 and Nadal took it in straights. But that was 2007, Mardy is a new tennis player, he’s lighter, faster, stronger, and simply more of a fighter out there. We’ve seen him chase down balls, volley really well, and outplay his opponents. On the other hand, there’s Nadal, the defending champion, it’s hard to call this match, especially with that ‘foot injury’ that Rafa says is nothing. I’m leaning towards Nadal taking this match in four sets, but there is a small percent of me that feels Fish will win in five. So, officially, I call Nadal as the winner.
I’m a model if you know what I mean…I wonder if that’s what Feliciano Lopez is listening to before his tennis matches. Pretty boy Lopez has never made it past the quarterfinals at Wimbledon or any other major for that matter. Lopez has historically hung around and never has been considered a serious contender. Feliciano has played some exceptional tennis so far this tournament, ousting Roddick, Kubot, and Schuettler – no easy task. He will be facing Andy Murray, who probably has about 100 tons of pressure resting nicely on his shoulders. Remember, he’s the only hope the Brits have of winning another major any time soon. This year, however; could very much be different for Murray. He’s already won a grass tournament and he’s no stranger to playing in the finals of a major. Can Andy overcome the pressure and emotion this time around? Probably, more than likely, he will probably beat Lopez in 4 sets.
Lastly, on the mens side, we have 6 time Wimbledon Champion, Roger Federer. He’ll be facing Frenchman Tsonga, I’ll make this call painless…Roger Federer in 4 sets. Federer has beaten Tsonga 4 times in the past. However, the two have not met on grass yet. Federer is at home on the grass – his records prove it – so it should be no problem for Roger.