By Jake Davies

  • Grigor Dimitrov [13] vs Roger Federer [3]
  • Rafael Nadal [4] vs Gilles Muller [16]
  • Milos Raonic [6] vs Alexander Zverev [10]
LONDON, UK – Manic Monday at Wimbledon gives us some thrillers featuring this year’s Slam winners Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal.



Grigor Dimitrov [13] vs Roger Federer [3] H2H: Federer leads 5-0

Back in 2011, there was a lot of attention for teenage sensation Grigor Dimitrov, who was the youngest player in the Top 100 of the sport and was achieving results that no other teenager was coming close to. His eye-catching, elegant and graceful game mirrored that of his longtime idol Roger Federer, the man he is meeting in the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Many thought that Dimitrov’s breakthrough to the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2014 was the sign of future Grand Slam victories for the Bulgarian, but it has not quite worked out that way. He came close to making his first major final at this year’s Australian Open, but often he has come up against a better, more experienced player in his path.

This match will be played with great enthusiasm and the rallies should be easy on the eye, but I think Federer’s stylish and sophisticated game will be the harder to break down over a Best-of-Five match. Dimitrov will have to play the match of his life to stand a chance of providing the upset win on Centre Court, which is a setting and situation that Federer is most familiar with.

Prediction: Federer in three sets.


Rafael Nadal [4] vs Gilles Muller [16] H2H: Nadal leads 5-1

This is Rafael Nadal‘s first real threat of the Championships. Gilles Muller has not quite made an impactful impression on the game’s grandest stage, but he always plays well on the grass, as he demonstrated at s-Hertogenbosch, where he won his second ATP title. Nadal has looked in breathtaking form and has continued to kick on from the memorable win in Paris, where he claimed his tenth Roland Garros title.

Muller is playing his best tennis into his 30s, and although he has the ability to cause Nadal more than a few problems, it is hard to see Muller’s serve-and-volleying style of game hold up over the entirety of a match against Nadal in this form, especially when you consider how dangerous Nadal is with his passing shots from the baseline.

Prediction: Nadal in four sets.


Milos Raonic [6] vs Alexander Zverev [10] H2H: Zverev leads 1-0

Last year’s Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic came close to a maiden Grand Slam win, but he will need to come through some serious tests if he is to make it to the final this time around. The first of potentially three steps to the final is a match against Alexander Zverev. Zverev won the biggest title of his career at the Rome Masters earlier this year, where he beat Novak Djokovic comprehensively in that final, but he is yet to make a quarter-final at Grand Slam level.

I think a break of serve in most sets between these two will be enough to win that set. When Zverev first burst onto the scene his serve and forehand sometimes broke down, but he has managed those limitations immensely throughout his development.

Raonic should really advance in this match-up. He now understands the way to win on a grass court. He used to trade exchanges with his forehand from the back of the court, but now he has adapted and now knows how and when to advance to the forecourt on this particular surface.

Prediction: Raonic in five sets

Play starts on the outer courts at 11:30am, with Centre Court & No. 1 Court starting at 1pm BST.



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