Bernard Tomic – Novak Djokovic
Incredibly Tomic has gone through the qualies to reach the quarterfinals which means he has already played 7 matches at Wimbledon this year. Just as incredible he has yet to play a tie break! Not a single one has he gone through, in fact there hasn’t been a breaker in his last 8 matches.
The same goes for Djokovic, who also hasn’t been in a single tie break in his first 4 matches. The closest his been is 6-4.
They met last year in an exhibition-match in Australia, played out 3 sets and neither was decided in a tie break.
Roger Federer – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Federer gave up a set against Youzhny for the first time in 7 encounters, but I’ll never the less take my chances on the Swiss winning in straight sets once again. Federer and Tsonga have met each other 5 times before, with Federer winning 4 of these, including the last 3. When Federer has beaten Tsonga, he has never given up a set against the Frenchman. They played in May on clay, with Federer winning 6-4 6-2.
Rafael Nadal – Mardy Fish
A potentially dangerous match to get involved with, since Nadal could be injured, but I’ll risk this bet anyway. Both have played 4 matches to get here, and in each of Fish’ games, there has been at least one tie break. In fact there’s been a tie break in 7 of his last 8 matches!
Nadal has gone through 2 tie breakers in each of his last 2 rounds, both against strong servers like Fish. Nadal and Fish have met each other 5 times before, with Nadal winning all 5, and in 2 of these meeting there have been a tie break. That was the 2 meetings played on grass!
Andy Murray – Feliciano Lopez
It’s never impossible to overcome a poor statistics. Lopez proved that in the 3rd round against Roddick, who had beaten the Spaniard in their previous 7 meetings. Nevertheless I’ll risk my money on Murray here because he holds a 4-0 advantage over Lopez.
Lopez was in serious trouble in the 4th round against qualifier Kubot, while Murray looked very focused against Gasquet, who has previously caused the scotsman a lot of trouble. Murray won in 30 games though, and I’m betting he can keep this match in straight sets as well. In their previous 4 meetings he has given up only 1 set. They have never met in a Grand Slam tournament, but even so, they have never passed 23 games in any of their meetings.