Roger Federer (SUI) v. Marat Safin (RUS)
Safin was picked earlier in his career by some as the most talented player on the tour. His game can win on any surface and he has
the power, serve and groundstrokes to worry Federer who has won more than 60 grasscourt matches in a row.
Federer is a major frontrunner however and Safin will need to produce his best tennis early in order to get into the match, or he will
soon find himself down two sets to the master of tennis.
Safin can win but it's a longshot. If he can stay mentally tough and get into the net before Federer he'll be in the game.
Rainer Schuettler (GER) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Schuettler in his prior round had to go the distance in five sets to advance which will not be helpful as Nadal is one of the most
fittest players on the tour.
Nadal has not lost a match since before the French Open, and he added a grasscourt title to his collection a few weeks ago. Known in
recent years as the best claycourter ever, Nadal showed last year here at Wimbledon in the final against Federer that he can hold his
own on grass as well.
Schuettler will want to avoid Nadal's forehand which Nadal hits crosscourt which an extreme angle to set up many points. Schuetter would
also need to move Nadal around the court and himself get into the net as many as possible. But sadly for Schuettler, I think Nadal
will be controlling the majority of the points.