Monday, June 29, 2009

Wimbledon: Men's Second Week Preview

Radek Stepanek [23] vs. Lleyton Hewitt
Andy Roddick [6] vs. Tomas Berdych [20]
Andy Murray [3] vs. Stanislas Wawrinka [19]
Gilles Simon [8] vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero

Tommy Haas [24] vs. Igor Andreev [29]
Novak Djokovic [4] vs. Dudi Sela
Fernando Verdasco [7] vs. Ivo Karlovic [22]
Roger Federer [2] vs. Robin Soderling [13]

The marquee matchup of the fourth round will be a French Open final rematch between Roger Federer and Robin Soderling. It was in this same round where Soderling did the impossible, beat Rafael Nadal at the French. Can he topple the favorite once again? He did tell Federer that no man can beat him 11 straight times.

Both Andy's are to be seen as favorites in their respective matches and it is looking very good for them to meet one another in the semifinals.

There are also two veterans with a new lease in life to make it into this round. Tommy Haas backs up his resurging season by surviving yet another 5-set match to make it this far while Lleyton Hewitt takes full advantage of Nadal's absence by beating Juan Martin Del Potro to reach the second week.

Prediction: I'm going to keep my original predictions from the start of the tournament with Murray defeating Roddick and Federer defeating Haas in the semifinals en route to Federer getting his record-breaking 15th Grand Slam title.

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