2010 Wimbledon – Nick’s Picks – Men’s Singles Fourth Round
Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
After a tough five-setter in the first round against Olivier Rochus, Djokovic has looked very good in his next two wins over Taylor Dent and Albert Montanes. There hasn’t been much talk about Djokovic, but he is definitely someone that could take home this title.
Hewitt took down Frenchman Gael Monfils in the third round, and is on a roll right now. He comes in with a grass-court title and has always had excellent success at Wimbledon (including a title in 2002). Like Djokovic he is also very dangerous in this tournament and is someone I wouldn’t want to play!
Djokovic is 3-1 against Hewitt and has beaten him twice on grass (including at Wimbledon in 2007). Hewitt is full of confidence, he’s serving well, and he seems very comfortable right now. He is a warrior on the court and is someone I have always said that I would want in my foxhole. He’s only gotten smarter as he’s gotten older and he’s currently playing some of the best tennis in quite some time. On the other side, Djokovic comes into the tournament a bit unsteady. He reached the quarters at the French and then lost in the third round to Xavier Malisse at Queen’s Club. We all know what he is capable of doing and when his shots are falling he is extremely difficult to beat. He has a fantastic forehand, a great backhand, and a world-class serve. As long as he’s feeling good I have to give the edge to him. I don’t think Djokovic wants a long match, but I do see Hewitt winning one set.
Nick’s Pick – Djokovic in 4 sets
Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Federer had his first straight set win in the third round, taking down Arnaud Clement 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. After a couple of tough matches, perhaps Federer is settling into a groove and feeling good again. I still see him as the favorite and until he loses I am not changing my mind. There is nobody better on grass, or on the biggest stage, than Federer.
Melzer is coming off of a great run at the French Open in which he reached the semis of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. This is also the first time he has ever been past the third round at Wimbledon. He’s also ranked a career high of #16 in the world, so needless to say, he is playing the best tennis of his life right now.
This is the first career meeting between Melzer and Federer and promises to be an exciting match. Melzer can bring the heat with his serve and being left-handed, that will give him an advantage. Federer has struggled against the left-handed serve of Nadal and Falla, so that could be an advantage for Melzer. Once the ball gets into play though, Federer will take over. His combinations of shots, combined with his superb movement and hard-to-read serve, give him a distinct advantage in this match. I look for FedEx to keep delivering the goods in this match!
Nick’s Pick – Federer in 4 sets