We are into the second week of Wimbledon and hostilities have begun to be more intense. All fourth round matches will be played on Monday in what is know as the ‘Manic Monday’, which makes it arguably the most exciting day on the tennis calendar.
The top two seeds in the men’s draw, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will seek to keep up their fine form when they take to court to fight for a place in the next round.
Top seed, Roger Federer will fancy his chances of making the quarterfinals when he comes up against 22nd seed, Adrian Mannarino on Monday.
The great Swiss, who’s chasing his ninth title at SW19, has played some of his best tennis so far in this tournament. At the age of 36, he’s still as graceful as ever. Can Mannarino find a way around the man who has won his last 29 sets at this event? … the man he’s 0-5 against in career meetings?
The Frenchman is on the back of an impressive five-set win over Daniil Medvedev. It’s expected that he’s had the time to regroup, but even a peak physical condition will not be sufficient enough to subdue a Roger Federer; harder, on grass! However, this year’s Wimbledon has been filled with surprises, aplenty. While it’ll be sheer folly to bet against Federer, we might just be in for a shocker.
This match is live on Centre Court at the All England Club, London on Monday from 1pm WAT.
Second seed, Rafael Nadal will have Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic to contend with for a place in the quarterfinals.
Rafael Nadal, who clinched his 11th French Open title at the Stade Roland Garros last month, is on course for a second straight Grand Slam crown. The 32-year-old Spaniard, despite not being as excellent on grass as he’s been on clay over the years, has been playing remarkably well and, like his eternal rival – Federer, has not dropped a set so far. Vesely, however, is capable of causing problems for the Spaniard.
The 24-year-old is playing with a lot of purpose and confidence. He beat the highly-rated Diego Schwartzman in straight-sets in the second round before getting past 19th seed, Fabio Fognini to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for only the second time in his career. Should he remain focused and stay dogged, he might have a good case against the world number one.
In recent years, Nadal has had troubles making deep runs at this event. In fact, the last time he made it to the quarterfinals was seven years ago. Vesely will hope Nadal extends that unwanted record.
Nadal and Vesely have played just once, with the former coming away with the win in straight sets. Can he now make it two in a row against Vesely and reach the last eight for the first time since 2011? Or will the young Czech spring a surprise?
This match is live on Centre Court at the All England Club, London on Monday from 4:30pm WAT.