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Day 7 Preview: It's Heating Up | May | 2013 Articles

Day 7 Preview: It's Heating Up

Written by Brandon Lawrence on .

The first weekend of a major is when the tournament begins to heat up. The third round concludes on Saturday, and the anticipation of the second week is at its peak. After tomorrow the round of 16 will be set, and tomorrow should be a great day to sit back and watch some high quality tennis. Click "Read More" to see 4 matches to see tomorrow.

1. Novak Djokovic vs. Grigor Dimitrov

This is the headline match on the men's side tomorrow. Dimitrov, better known as "Baby Fed" and Maria Sharapova's boyfriend, has been playing some very high quality tennis as of late. He defeated Novak Djokovic in Madrid, and has looked like he's finally starting to play up to his potential. This is the biggest test of his career, and if he can pull the win off it would be a career defining accomplishment. He has the talent to compete with Djokovic, but other than that Djokovic is the favorite for a reason. I think Dimitrov can make this a very competitive match, but in the end Djokovic should prevail.

2. Benoit Paire vs. Kei Nishikori

Paire, when he's playing well and has his head on straight, is one of the most entertaining players to watch on tour. Nishikori hits the ball very smoothly, and these two players have some of the prettiest two handers on tour. This match should be easy on the eyes, and I think this one will go deep into the fifth set, with Paire prevailing.

3. Tommy Haas vs. John Isner

Haas, at 35 years old, is playing some of the best tennis of his life. Isner just defeated fellow American Ryan Harrison today in five sets. On paper Haas is the clear favorite, but I think Isner will make it into a very competitive match. It's a very interesting style clash, with the power and effective clumsiness of Isner against the  smooth one handed all court game of Haas. It's definitely worth watching.

4. Petra Kvitova vs. Jamie Hampton

It's the forgotten ex-Major champion vs the forgotten American. Petra is as always unpredictable, but Hampton has shown some great heart to get here. This one is also a great contrast of styles. Kvitova can be very wildly inconsistent but also is capable of stunning tennis. Hampton's a fighter, and while I think Kvitova will win tomorrow, Hampton should giver her all she can handle


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