Roger Federer (SUI) 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
Andy Murray (GBR) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
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.
Marat Safin (RUS) v. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
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.
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.