The quarterfinals at the Championships begin tomorrow, and for the first time in awhile, we see some new faces. Djokovic, Federer, and Murray are still there, but the other 5 players give a different feel to the final 8. Below we'll take a look at the four matches that will be taking place tomorrow.
The Championships- Gentlemen's Singles Quarterfinals
Novak Djokovic vs. Florian Mayer
This is the most straightforward of the quarterfinals. Mayer is playing the tournament of his life, but Djokovic should be too much. Mayer took out Richard Gasquet in the last round in one of his best performances as a pro, but he's playing the number one player in the world tomorrow, and Djokovic doesn't lose these types of matches. Djokovic in three.
Roger Federer vs. Mikhail Youzhny
Colonel Youzhny is playing great, and as a member of the older 30 crowd, he's representing himself very nicely. This match is between two older-30 players, as Federer is famously older 30 as well. Federer has struggled the past two matches, being down two sets to love against Julien Benneteau before coming back and coming close to being pushed to a fifth set against Malisse. Still, he has to be the favorite here, as Youzhny, while playing well, has only been to one semifinal of a major in his professional career. This should be a close match, but I do think Federer will pull this out. I do expect another five setter though, as Federer will be pushed again.
David Ferrer vs. Andy Murray
This is the blockbuster quarterfinal, with Andy Murray under the constant pressure of trying to become the first British man since 1936 to win Wimbledon. He's got a great chance, and if he can get through this match, without Nadal, he'd be the favorite in the semifinal. David Ferrer doesn't care, however, and he's been on a tear recently. He beat Murray in Paris, and beat an inspired Roddick in the third round here and a dangerous Juan Martin del Potro. This should be a five setter, and if Murray can comtinue to play at a really high level, there's no reason why he can't beat Ferrer. While Ferrer did beat Murray in Paris, that was Murray's least favorite surface, and the grass suits him better. The crowd should be electric if Murray can play his best, and it should be able to help him. This will be a fun one.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber
This is the surprise quarterfinal, and Kohlschreiber is the biggest benfiiciary of Nadal's shocking loss. It's a great opportunity for him but Tsonga is such a tough opponent on grass, having defeated Federer here last year. This is also a great match for him, and he has to be the favorite here. I don't see Kohlschreiber making any progress on the Tsonga serve, and that's where the different in the match will be. If he can, all bets are off, but Tsonga is the number five player in the world for a reason. This is a golden opportunity for him.