With Marin Cilic out of the Wimbledon 2018, can anyone else take Roger Federer out before the finals this year?
Roger Federer versus Adrian Mannarino.
The bumped up seeding to Roger Federer, by Wimbledon, is for a reason and, Roger, unlike Marin Cilic, has lived up to Wimbledon’s expectations, so far. Adrian Mannarino blossoms during the grass court season but is 0-6 against Roger Federer, and there’s little reason to believe that he will take Roger Federer out in the pre-quarters.
Conclusion: Roger Federer in straight.
Kevin Anderson versus Gael Monfils.
Kevin is seeded 8th here but hold a 0-5 head-to-head record against Gael Monfils. They have, however, never played on grass before and Kevin is a better grass campaigner than Monfils. Kevin Anderson should probably register his first match win over Gael here, but we feel Monfils will somehow manage to get this one too.
Conclusion: Gael Monfils in five.
Milos Raonic versus Mackenzie McDonald.
Neither Raonic nor McDonald has done any heavy lifting so far. While Guido Pella took out Cilic, McDonald ousted a depleted Pella in the following round. Milos Raonic was also lucky enough to avoid Lucas Pouille and has yet to face a seed.
Conclusion: Milos Raonic in straight.
John Isner versus Stefanos Tsitsipas.
John Isner has yet to face a challenge at this Wimbledon. Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dennis Shapovalov are our picks to rule the rankings in the future.
Conclusion: Stefanos Tsitsipas in four or five sets.
Novak Djokovic versus Karen Khachanov.
Novak Djokovic is making yet another bid for the finals after his shock ouster from the French Open this year. Karen Khachanov had a good win against Tiafoe and Djokovic did well to beat Kyle Edmunds. Novak we believe is more determined to get back to his glory days this time around and is a man with purpose here.
Conclusion: Novak Djokovic in four.
Kei Nishikori versus Ernest Gulbis.
Kei Nishikori is playing as well as he can on the grass, and has taken out not only Nick Kyrgios but also, the resurrected, Bernard Tomic in the earlier rounds. Ernest Gulbis, on the other hand, dispatched Alexander Zverev in five and also has the bigger guns which, as we have recently witnessed, can be quite devastating on the grass. We know what to expect from Kei Nishikori, but don’t know which Gulbis will turn up for the match.
Conclusion: Ernest Gulbis in five.
Juan Martin Del Potro versus Gilles Simon.
Juan Martin Del Potro is a slam contender on all surfaces and one of the few who can dispatch the big three in the slams. He is playing superbly so far and probably more concerned about his quarterfinals against Rafa next. He should be able to get past Gilles Simon.
Conclusion: Juan Martin Del Potro in straight.
Rafael Nadal versus Jiri Vesely.
This battle of the left-handers could get entertaining if Jiri Vesely is bold enough to take it to Rafael Nadal on the grass. Rafa has the knack of turning any match, regardless of the surface, into a grueling battle of attrition. Jiri can be dangerous, but does he possess the focus it takes to beat Rafa in a five set encounter?
Conclusion: Rafael Nadal in three or four sets.