By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Three to see for Wimbledon Day Seven
- Andy Murray v Nick Kyrgios
- Simona Halep v Madison Keys
- Richard Gasquet v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
WIMBLEDON, UK – The clash between Britain’s best Andy Murray and Australia’s great entertainer Nick Kyrgios headlines a packed schedule on Wimbledon Day Seven.
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Andy Murray (2) vs Nick Kyrgios (15) – H2H: 4-0 Murray
The expectation of the nation is on Murray’s shoulders after big-serving American Sam Querrey beat defending champion Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon on Saturday, but he has to get to the final before it directly affects him.
Murray enjoyed comfortable straight-sets wins in all three rounds so far, but his fourth-round opponent, Kyrgios, could provide a much tougher test. The flamboyant Australian beat three tricky opponents to get this far, and seems to be getting closer to fulfilling his huge potential with every match he plays.
However, Kyrgios only took one set off Murray in their four previous meetings, and may need to play the match of his life to beat the Scot. The 2013 Wimbledon champion must also produce some of his best tennis to ensure there is no chance of an upset in what should be an absolutely brilliant match to watch.
Prediction: Murray in four sets
Simona Halep (5) vs Madison Keys (9) – H2H: 1-1
Manic Monday promises a lot of close matches, but this mouth-watering encounter could be the most keenly-fought of all. Keys won the Aegon Classic in Birmingham just over two weeks ago and is bang in form, while Halep dispatched her three Wimbledon 2016 opponents so far with ease, so both will be feeling very confident.
It is a classic clash of styles, with Keys the big-server with ferocious groundstrokes at one end facing Halep the brilliant mover who is one of the most precise shot-makers on the WTA tour. For Keys to win, she will need to hit plenty of winners (not easy against Halep) and keep her unforced error count to a minimum. For Halep to win, she will have to make full use of her superior movement and hit shots that cramp Keys for room so she doesn’t get too many free swings to unleash her huge groundstrokes.
This match has the potential to be a high-quality three-set epic that people still talk about years later. Keys’ suitability to grass should ensure she edges it.
Prediction: Keys in three sets
Richard Gasquet (7) vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12) – H2H: 4-4
Tsonga survived a gruelling third round encounter with John Isner as he won the fifth set 19-17 on People’s Sunday, and could suffer from tiredness when he takes on countryman Gasquet on No.1 Court tomorrow. Neutrals will hope he doesn’t as this could be a fantastic match.
Both Frenchmen are very comfortable on grass and have each reached two Wimbledon semi-finals in their careers. They are also level in terms of head-to-head, but Tsonga has won their last three meetings and Gasquet has not beaten him since 2009.
Gasquet should be considered the favourite for this match, however, as his recent Grand Slam performances have been better than Tsonga’s. He also played stunning tennis to reach last year’s Wimbledon semi-final. The world number seven should try and avoid losing the first set, as he has done in his last two matches, as Tsonga may prove more difficult to come back against than either Marcel Granollers or Albert Ramos-Vinolas if Gasquet falls behind again.
Prediction: Gasquet in four sets
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