Tennis: Top Four Men Prepare for Wimbledon 2011 Quarter Finals

At Roland Garros this year, the top four seeds, Rafael Nadal, of Spain, Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, Roger Federer, of Switzerland and Andy Murray, of Great Britain, all made the Semi-Final stages in as good an example of how seeding is supposed to work as fans could ever witness.

In Wimbledon 2011, a remarkably similar picture has been painted.

At the business end of the 2011 Men’s Singles tournament, Quarter-Final phase, the top four seeds all remain in the hat for the next round. On the afternoon of Wendesday 29th June 2011, these four men will learn whether they are to repeat the French Open Semi-Finals, and face each other once more.

Below, we’ll preview each man’s chances of making it another men’s singles top four final four at Wimbledon 2011.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12) FRA v Roger Federer (3) SUI – 1pm BST

Frenchman Tsonga always tends to go deep in tournaments, and his playing style suits the grass of Wimbledon. However, in Federer, he meets perhaps the best man ever to walk onto a tennis court. Tsonga has a chance of overturning Federer, but only if he comes to the net more than he has been inclined to date at SW19, and also only if Federer’s level drops slightly below his brilliant best, as it has, on occassion, in the past 18 months or so. Federer has shown more desire, of late, however, which indicates that Tsonga could well meet his match this afternoon.

Tsonga v Federer is the first match on Centre Court today, beginning at 1pm British Summer Time (BST).

Bernard Tomic AUS v Novak Djokovic (2) SRB – 1pm BST

18 year-old Australian, Bernard Tomic, has shown some great ability to inspire Aussie fans to throw their support behind him, but even they must have been surprised as well as delighted at their hero’s performance in the 2011 Wimbledon championships. In Djokovic, Tomic meets as stern a test as he is likely to have faced. Beaten only once this year – by Federer at the French Open Semi-Final – Djokovic possesses real weapons on either flank, as well as a vastly improved serve which should see him through this match today. Don’t discount the young Australian, however: as Boris Becker showed in the 1985 Championship, with youth, sometimes, comes an impetuousness which can lead to immediate success.

Whatever happens today, both Tomic and Djokovic are proving themselves to be the real deal – it is sure to be a battle which reignites at other Grand Slams into the future, adding another drop of spice to an already fascinating recipe.

Tomic v Djokovic takes place on Court Number One at 1pm BST.

Andy Murray (4) GBR v Feliciano Lopez ESP

Home hopeful Andy Murray faces the unseeded Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez in a Centre Court Quarter Final immediately following the Tsonga v Federer match. Expect noise levels to get high whatever the score is, as Brits look for their first home Wimbledon Men’s Singles winner since Fred Perry. In Lopez, Murray meets a seasoned pro, who generally does best at Wimbledon. Soon-to-be 30 year old Lopez has never progressed beyond the Quarter Final stage, despite reaching it twice, and it is anticipated that Murray’s Grand Slam experience and superior grass-court game will win out again this afternoon.

Murry v Lopez takes place on Centre Court after the conclusion of Tsonga v Federer.

Rafael Nadal (1) ESP v Mardy Fish (10) USA

Despite being the Number One Seed and defending Wimbledon Champion, Rafa Nadal has perhaps the most difficult opportunity of any in the top four seeds of making the Semi-Final. Nadal is carrying injury niggles in addition to facing something of a grass court specialist in big serving Mardy Fish. Fish dispatched another big serve-volleyer, Tomas Berdych, en route to this Quarter Final meeting with Nadal, and possesses the shots required to go the distance at Wimbledon. Nadal will need to be at his resilient best to break Fish’s excellent service game. The question is, can his injured ankle stand up to the strain of doing so?

Nadal v Fish takes place on Court Number One following the conclusion of Tomic v Djokovic.

The stage looks set, then, for the top four seeds to once more make it through to the Semi-Finals for the second Grand Slam in succession, though, in tennis, these things rarely, if ever, go exactly to plan. All of today’s Quarters have the potential for upset, particularly with the slight unknown elements in the mix in matches like Tomic v Djokovic and Nadal v Fish.

A fascinating quartet of tennis matches is in store for fans of Men’s Singles this afternoon at the All England club, Wimbledon.

In This Story: Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player, as well as 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles and the 2016 Olympic gold medal in doubles. In addition, Nadal has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No. 1 five times.

In majors, Nadal has won a record twelve French Open titles, four US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open title, and won at least one Grand Slam every year for a record ten consecutive years (2005–2014). Nadal has won 85 career titles overall, including the most outdoor titles in the Open Era (83) and a record 59 titles on clay. With 81 consecutive wins on clay, Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.

Nadal has been involved in five Davis Cup titles with Spain, and currently has a 29-win streak and 29–1 record in singles matches at the event. In 2010, at the age of 24, he became the seventh male player and the youngest of five in the Open Era to achieve the singles Career Grand Slam. Nadal is the second male player after Andre Agassi to complete the singles Career Golden Slam, as well as the second male player after Mats Wilander to have won at least two Grand Slams on all three surfaces (grass, hard court and clay).

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