Much being made today about how old the 4 guys are left in the quarter finals at Wimbledon, the oldest for 35 years. There's some potential in these matches today, it's just a same that they clash in the schedule. The same went for yesterday's ladies quarters - I always forget how anti-climatic these days are, you've been watching it til 9:30pm the previous 8 days and suddenly it gets to 5:30pm and there's nothing doing. Hopefully the men's matches will last a little longer.
I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing with my large green on Karlovic outright, I also on Federer, so whoever comes out of that quarter I'm doing well on. I will probably square it off to some extent. It's always a tough match up for Federer this one, you don't get many chances against Karlovic, but the chances he does get he should take without any trouble. There's always a tendency to think that it's an even contest, a serving lottery. But the fact is, if Federer gets the return in (and he is one of the best at reading an opponent's serve) then he is a heavy favourite to win that point, and that tips the balance of pressure onto Karlovic rather than Fed. Price has this factored in though, so lets wait and see.
Hewitt's played some of his best tennis for years in the last week, but Roddick is also playing great. No opinion on scoreline here, just hoping for a great match. Apparently Andy and Brooklyn have been sleeping on the floor due to an overly soft mattress during the whole of Wimbledon... you'd think they could afford somewhere nice to stay! ..or a new matress.
Hoping for great things from the Haas / Djokovic match up, though I think Djoko is playing much better at Wimbledon than he did at Halle where Haas got the better of him. I get the feeling he might run away with it, but Tommy seems inspired at the moment.
I don't see Murray having too much trouble versus the green clay specialist (!) JCF. But you never know.
So there you have it, 4 match previews, and not an opinion in sight. Guess I better put down some scoreline predictions, maybe you can average these with what the other blogs are suggesting for some sort of collective wisdom. I won't be betting on these btw.
Federer - Karlovic : 3-0
Djokovic - Haas : 3-2
Roddick - Hewitt : 5 sets, trainer called to court.
Murray - Ferrero : 3-0