Rested Federer and Djokovic Ready For Quarters

| July 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will look to down their quarterfinal opponents on Wednesday and prepare to meet in a much anticipated semifinals.  The front page of the men’s draw completed their round of 16 matches on Monday.  The second page round of 16 matches were suspended until Tuesday.

The weather has impacted play at this year’s Wimbledon. Untimely suspensions of play have nullified momentum and caused the players to be in the locker rooms more than once a match.  Additionally, the grass is slippery and the ball is bouncing unpredictably. The crowds have also suffered and lack their customary enthusiasm.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

On Tuesday, 4th seed Andy Murray and 5th seed Jo Willy Tsonga, David Ferrer (7) and Philipp Kohlschreiber (27) also advanced to the quarters. Ferrer and Murray were especially sharp.  The Spaniard downed 9th seed contender Juan Martin del Potro in decisive fashion 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Ferrer broke del Potro’s serve 5 times and never was broken.

Ferrer’s play has never been better.  Prior to Wimbledon, David had chalked up 455 career wins. This year his record is a stellar 43-8 with 4 ATP titles. Ferrero is within reach of Murray for the coveted 4th ranking. In Melbourne, he reached the quarters and lost in the semis in Paris.  His record against Nadal, Djokovic and Federer suggests he does not have the tools to climb into the top three. Murray and Ferrer have split ten head-to-head meetings with Ferrer winning their last two contests.

Murray is presumed to be better on grass and will certainly have well-deserved support from the home crowd. Murray lost his first service game against an in-form Marin Cilic but bounced back to impressively overcome Marin 7-5, 6-2, 6-3. It was a quality win for Murray who fought off seven of eight break opportunities. The Murray – Ferrer match on Wednesday may be the premier quarterfinal match.

France’s Tsonga played consistent tennis in his round of 16 serving duel with American Mardy Fish.  The American claimed the first set and had chances to win in the second set tiebreaker but Tsonga’s serve was effective in clutch points. The 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-4 was marked by power tennis and short points.

Tsonga will face German Philipp Kohlschreiber, who ousted American golden child Brian Baker 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-3.  Longshot Kohlschreiber’s performance should give Tsonga some concern.  With his serve and his baseline play, the German was spot on Tuesday. The two have met six times in the past and Tsonga has won five times.

On page 1, top seeded Djokovic another surprising German, Florian Mayer (31). The German is fresh off a four set win over Richard Gasquet. Djkovic will be a heavy favorite.  The two have only met once and Djokovic won in straight sets.

Meanwhile Roger Federer left the court after defeating Xavier Malisse 7-6(1), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 with what appeared to be lower back pain. In his quarterfinal match Federer will play veteran Mikhail Youzhny (28).  Mikhail’s 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-5 over unseeded Denis Istomin was a test.  He will need to cut down on his unforced errors against the precise Swiss. Youzhny and Federer have met 13 times with Federer winning very match.   

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