We are really in the thick of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. All the men’s fourth round matches have been completed and the 2012 Wimbledon men’s quarterfinal matches have been set.
2012 Wimbledon Men’s Quarterfinal Predictions
In the first of four quarterfinal matches, Roger Federer will face Russian, Mikhail Youzhny. I strongly believe this will be a cake walk for Roger. He’s already beaten Youzhny thirteen of their thirteen meetings. I don’t really see Youzhny giving Fed much trouble. At last years Wimbledon, Mikhail was able to muster one set, which has been the only set he’s taken from the Swiss. The only possible way for Mikhail to have a chance at winning his first ever Wimbledon quarterfinal, is to have the conditions cold and windy. If you remember Federer’s fourth round match against Xavier Malisse, Federer’s back gave him problems. Roger commented that his five set match against Benneteau and the cold conditions gave him a stiff back. If the weather is blustery on Wednesday, and if for some reason Fed’s back is tight, Youzhny might have a chance. That being said, I’d still put my money on Roger Federer winning this first 2012 Wimbledon quarterfinal.
The second 2012 Wimbledon quarterfinal match, world #1 Novak Djokovic will face Florian Mayer. I have a feeling this will be a piece of cake for the Serb. Mayer and Djokovic have only met once, Nole stomped the German. It’s sad to say that I believe that Novak will win easily. With Djokovic winning, this automatically takes the possibility of Roger Federer becoming #1, if the Swiss were to win the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. I’m pretty sure there is very little chance that Djokovic will have problems at all, I would be amazed if Mayer takes a set, let alone holds serve for more than a handful of games.
I am a little surprised David Ferrer won his match against Juan Martin Del Potro in straights. I thought for sure that Delpo would have easily passed the Spaniard. But the grinder that Ferrer is, pulled out the victory and walks into his first Wimbledon quarterfinal. Ferrer will meet Andy Murray, the series is tied 5 all in their head to head, though they have never met on grass. I have to say that Murray is looking pretty sharp at 2012 Wimbledon; there’s no sign of back injuries, annoying clothing, or anything of the sort. Murray also has the fans that will cheer him on, it could be just the right energy Andy will need. I will give the nod to Murray in his quarterfinal match, though I imagine that Ferrer will put up a fight. I don’t see Ferrer being able to really dig his heels in and take charge of this quarterfinal match.
The fourth and final 2012 Wimbledon quarterfinal match will feature Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Philipp Kohlschreiber. The Frenchman and the German have played each other six times, with Tsonga having the edge 5 to 1. This is going to be a tough prediction as both players are strong on the grass courts. Tsonga has had an easier (and I use that term loosely) run at 2012 Wimbledon; the Frenchman had a pretty easy start to the tournament but found himself a fourth round challenge against American Mardy Fish. After loosing the first set to Fish and being broken in the second, Tsonga looked like he was going to fall off the rails and succumb to Mardy. Thankfully the weather turned for the worst and their match was suspended. I can only imagine what Tsonga’s team told him; when play resumed the following day, Tsonga came out firing. Tsonga played aggressively and with intent, somehow won the next three sets. Kohlschreiber, on the other hand, has had a similar run at 2012 Wimbledon. The German had a grueling first round match against Tommy Haas, going the five set distance. After that, Kohlschreiber put his tennis game on cruise control, never really facing much anything, winning his next three matches in straight sets. Kohlschreiber has a nice all court game, though Tsonga has the slight edge being a little more fit. It’s a tough call, though I predict Tsonga will prevail, probably in 5 grinding sets.
I predict the 2012 Wimbledon men’s semifinal matches will look like the following:
Novak Djokovic  vs. Roger Federer 
Andy Murray  vs. Tsonga 
Stay tuned for my 2012 Wimbledon men’s semifinal prediction in a couple of days!