By Kieran Jackson

  • Novak Djokovic [12] vs Kei Nishikori [24]
  • Juan Martin del Potro [5] vs Rafael Nadal [2]
  • Roger Federer [1] vs Kevin Anderson [8]
WIMBLEDON, UK – Wednesday sees the men take centre stage in the singles quarter-finals. There are four absolute blockbusters, and we pick out three of them.




Novak Djokovic [12] vs Kei Nishikori [24] | H2H: Djokovic leads 13-2

In a battle between two stars in their own right, who are both embarking on a long-term comeback from lengthy injuries, this match between the relatively similar game-styles of Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori is a superb match-up to open proceedings on Centre Court.

Djokovic came through his most major test to date in the third round in impressive style, as he saw off home favourite Kyle Edmund in four sets. Following a convincing, and more importantly quick given the fading light, straight-sets win against Karen Khachanov, Djokovic is the clear favourite here and looks someway to regaining the sort of form which saw him win 12 Grand Slam titles.

That is not to completely rule out the hopes of Japanese 28-year-old Nishikori, who has racked up some excellent victories so far at the All England Club, with Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios and Ernests Gulbis all falling by the wayside against the former World No. 4. However, Djokovic is in some fine form, and his unbelievable movement on the grass coupled with his solid all-round game may well wear his opponent down on this occasion.

Prediction: Djokovic in four sets


Juan Martin del Potro [5] vs Rafael Nadal [2] | H2H: Nadal leads 10-5

11-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal beat Juan Martin del Potro comfortably in straight sets at Roland Garros just over a month ago. This quarter-final will be a different tussle altogether.

The Spaniard could hardly come into this match in better form. After his obligatory success on the clay, Nadal is yet to drop a set thus far, at a tournament he hasn’t gone past the fourth round in since 2011. Further to that, he is yet to be taken to 7-5 or 7-6! The World No. 1 admits he is playing some very good tennis, and looks at ease on the grass, which has previously given his flailing knees concern and pain.

It will be a stellar task facing the 2009 US Open champion del Potro then. However, you know the Argentine will put in at worst a performance of defiance, or at best a swash-bucking, aggressive, unreturnable game we all know the 29-year-old is capable of. Their semi-final clash in the 2016 Olympics was one of the matches of the year, and if del Potro’s body holds up (given he only completed his four-set win against Gilles Simon on Tuesday) it could turn into a classic.

Prediction: Del Potro in five sets


Roger Federer [1] vs Kevin Anderson [8] | H2H: Federer leads 4-0

Roger Federer in the first round of Wimbledon 2018

Roger Federer in the first round of Wimbledon 2018 | (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Defending champion Roger Federer has looked his usual confident and frankly unbeatable self thus far at Wimbledon. He has a perfect straight-sets record, and comes into this match against last year’s US Open semi-finalist Kevin Anderson in the knowledge that the South African has never won a set against him in four matches.

That being said, this Kevin Anderson is a much-improved player since their last encounter at the 2015 Cincinnati Masters. Having reached a high of World No. 7 in May, Anderson comes into this quarter-final – his best ever performance at Wimbledon – of the back of three hard fought wins against Andreas Seppi, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Gael Monfils.

The 32-year-old certainly has nothing to lose, and can come out swinging – even breaking serve for the great Roger Federer may well be a test of patience and perseverance. Despite this, it’d be a huge upset if Anderson could prevail against the Swiss maestro; the winner will face either John Isner or Milos Raonic in the semi-finals.

Prediction: Federer in three sets

The men’s singles quarter-finals get underway at 13:00 BST on Centre Court and Court No. 1.


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