Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Wimbledon Day 7 - men’s round of sixteen

Day Seven at Wimbledon 2018 saw seven of the men’s round of sixteen matches completed, with Juan Martin del Potro (5) leading Gilles Simon 7-6(1) 7-6(5) 5-7 when bad light brought play to a halt.

The other matches:

Roger Federer (1) enjoyed another match free from much competition as he took just an hour and three quarters to dismantle Adrian Mannarino (22) 6-0 7-5 6-4.

This was Mannarino’s third round of sixteen appearance at Wimbledon, 2013 and last year the other times.

He has never been beyond the third round in the other majors.

Federer has made it to the Wimbledon quarter finals for the 15th time from 19 attempts.

The first real test for Roger will be in the final eight, and that will come from Kevin Anderson (8).  The South African defeated Gaël Monfils 7-6(4) 7-6(2) 5-7 7-6(4)

Federer leads in the head to head battle 4-0, but they haven’t played each other since 2015 in Cincinnati.  Still, this will be on grass, and Federer rules that surface.  Anderson will need to serve at his absolute best.

Milos Raonic (13) defeated unseeded American Mackenzie McDonald 6-3 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2.

Raonic made the semi finals here in 2014, the final in 2016, and last years quarters.  He lost to Federer, Murray and Federer again in each of those matches respectively.

McDonald will leave Wimbledon a happy man, because prior to his effort here he had only made the main draw at two other majors - the first round 2016 US Open and the second round 2018 Austrian Open.

He jumps into the top 100 for the first time at 80.

This years quarter final opponent for Milos will be another big server, John Isner (9)

Isner defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas (31) in straight sets 6-4 7-6(8) 7-6(4)

Tsitsipas now is at a new career high of 32.

Prior to this years Wimbledon, he had a main draw record at majors of three first round defeats and a second round loss.

Despite being a top ten player, this will be only the second quarter final at Grand Slam level for Isner, the first occurring at the 2011 US Open.

Novak Djokovic (12) put on a clinic against Karen Khachanov, who was appearing in his third round of sixteen match at Grand Slam level, the others being at Roland Garros in the past two years.

Djokovic returned the Russian’s big serve like no one should be able to, but of course the three time Wimbledon champ is renowned as possibly the best returner of serve in history.

The match was over, just before darkness, in the same time Federer took to win his fourth round match, 6-4 6-2 6-2.

Djokovic is a huge threat to win the title, but he needs to beat Kei Nishikori (24) in the quarter finals.

Nishikori defeated Ernests Gulbis in a long match 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(10) 6-1

This is the first Wimbledon quarter final for Nishikori, and he has reached at least this point in all four majors now.

Djokovic leads Nishikori 13-2 in head to head matches, with Nishikori‘s wins coming in 2011 and 2014 - the 2014 win was a semi final en route to the US Open final.

Rafa Nadal (2) had another easy day at the office, dispensing with Jiri Vesely 6-3 6-3 6-4

Nadal and Federer are the only players left who have not dropped a set this tournament.

Nadal will play the winner of the delayed del Potro and Simon match.

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