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Roger Federer To Meet Familiar Foes At Wimbledon Today
"Wimbledon Picks" - Day 9

By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2008 6:35am CST USA
Roger Federer To Meet Familiar Foes At Wimbledon Today
Roger Federer of Switzerland
LONDON, England (lawntennismag.com)óDefending champion and top seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland enters today's quarterfinals with a winning streak of 63 consecutive matches on grass. Federer has also won Wimbledon the last five years which equals Bjorn Bjorg's Open era record of five consecutive Wimbledon singles titles.

Today Federer takes Mario Ancic, the last player to beat him at Wimbledon, and may also find himself as a foe to overcome in order to deliver the needed goods.

Defending champion Roger Federer of Switzerland enters today's quarterfinals with a winning streak of 63 consecutive matches on grass.

Roger Federer (SUI)[1] v. Mario Ancic (CRO)
Federer has been ranked world number one for a record 231 consecutive weeks. He won a grasscourt warmup tournament without once dropping serve. Ancic won their meeting here at Wimbledon in 2002 but then lost five times in a row to Federer in the following years. To no one's surprise Federer has reached another Wimbledon quarterfinal. Ancic would need a bundle of errors from Federer to win which looks unlikely.
Winner: Federer

Andy Murray (GBR)[12] v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]
Nadal leads Murray head to head 3-0 and is playing his best grasscourt tennis ever. Murray is playing inspired tennis himself to reach his first Wimbledon quarterfinals. The problem is Murray needs to cover the net in order to win, but Nadal owns some of the best passing shots in the game.
Winner: Nadal

Marat Safin (RUS) v. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)[31]
Lopez is 11-12 this year in match play. Safin is 12-11. Not much separates the two players on paper. Both players play explosive games which have been rewarded the last two weeks at Wimbledon. But Lopez leads Safin 4-1 head to head and with his net-rushing game, he could stop Safin again today. Lopez had to go five sets in the fourth round to beat 10th seeded Marcos Baghdatis and could repeat the feat today.
Winner: Lopez

Rainer Schuettler (GER) v. Arnaud Clement (FRA)
Both Schuettler and Clement are taking a page from the ladies' defending champion Venus Williams' book on how to salvage a tennis year. Neither Schuettler nor Clement had turned in a successful performance bthis year before Wimbledon. Schuettler leads 4-1 head to head, and I think he is simply the better grasscourt player of the two.
Winner: Schuettler

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