Wimbledon R4 previews and picks: Djokovic vs. Anderson, Cilic vs. Kudla

Djokovic practicing in Miami

Cilic1Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic will continue their Wimbledon campaigns as the entire fourth round is played on Monday. They are set for respective encounters with Kevin Anderson and Denis Kudla.

(1) Novak Djokovic vs. (14) Kevin Anderson

Djokovic and Anderson will be squaring off for the sixth time in their careers and for the first time in more than three years when they meet again in round four of Wimbledon on Monday. Anderson won their first-ever encounter 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-4 at the 2008 Miami Masters but Djokovic has since won four in a row without dropping a set. The Serb prevailed three times in 2011–including 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 at Wimbledon–and at the 2012 Indian Wells Masters.

After succumbing to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final, Djokovic did not play any off the grass-court warmups. But it is safe to say some rest did not do him any harm. The world No. 1 steamrolled through his first week at the All-England Club with straight-set scalps of Philipp Kohlschreiber, Jarkko Nieminen, and Bernard Tomic. Anderson punched his ticket to the last 16 by defeating Lucas Pouille, Marsel Ilhan, and Leonardo Mayer. This is the 14th-ranked South African’s second career trip to the Wimbledon fourth round and second in succession. Anderson’s one-two punch with his serve and forehand will make at least two sets relatively competitive, but Djokovic knows what to expect from the big guy and the favorite’s form is far too great for anyone outside the top five right now. In fact, since last summer’s Cincinnati Masters he has only one loss to a non-top five adversary (Ivo Karlovic, Doha).

Pick: Djokovic in 3 losing 11-14 games

(9) Marin Cilic vs. (WC) Denis Kudla

Few could have imagined that Kudla would be in the second week of Wimbledon when this fortnight began–or that he would be the last American standing. That being said, his fine form at the All-England Club has not come out of nowhere. The world No. 105 had been just 2-6 at the ATP level in 2015 prior to this tournament, but he entered two grass-court Challenger events last month and reached the final of one before winning the other. His run so far at the All-England Club has been a dream for Kudla, who owns five-set victories over Pablo Cuevas and Santiago Giraldo and a four-setter at the expense of Alexander Zverev.

Next up for the 22-year-old is a first-ever meeting with Cilic. The reigning U.S. Open champion has not quite been the same since that triumph last summer, in part due to injury, but he is finally heating up again. Cilic reached the fourth round of the French Open and the semifinals in Stuttgart before succumbing to Viktor Troicki in a third-set tiebreaker.  The ninth-ranked Croat has been far from dominant at this event, but he persevered through five-setters with Ricardas Berankis and John Isner after easing past Hiroki Moriya in his opener. Kudla wields some dangerous firepower, especially off the backhand side, but in the end this is mismatch between a slam champion and someone who had never previously been to a third round.

Pick: Cilic in 4

13 Comments on Wimbledon R4 previews and picks: Djokovic vs. Anderson, Cilic vs. Kudla

    • quite

      not _real_ tea then indeed, as you said

      I know I was interrogatory there

      just please don’t call me that title,
      those were not _nice_ men and women

      • Canadians are unarmed Americans with Medicare and really good beer, eh?

        we don’t, generally, descend into the darkest kind of behavior and then justify it

      • great for my shot nerves due to lack of sleep as the noise at night is appalling.
        night before last one of my neighbours was out in courtyard trying to find the outside electricity source to the flat where music was being played to shut it off!
        has been going on forever and drives one to acts of insanity….!

      • is not fun but should be ending soon as people involved should be booted out in a few weeks….
        scenes of pure farce in the meantime..
        ‘care charmer sleep…son of the sable night…….. ‘&tc….
        impossible to do without it …….

      • it’s good to hear the nightmare will end

        strong poem … and then that last line…

        thank you for introducing me to Palgrave, never read any of his poems
        went to school in a country where English was not a language of instruction so we studied little of its literature

        here’s to proper nights of restore and repose
        coming in the eight month of the year

    • palgrave chloro??
      sorry, very very tired but not following…thought that was the name of publisher/anthology?
      ‘care charmer sleep….’ has a lovely sound system…is from one of the english renaissance poets but can’t remember which right now….

  1. am all penguin-ed out for now chloro…
    in fact i think i might be in some kind of weird limbo…..
    hoping against hope to sleep tonight so am off to try and get into bed early before the horror starts…
    ordinary words look like chinese atm….
    see you!!!!

  2. hopefully you get enough rest tonight
    it occurred to me that his is perhaps why we’ve seen you posting here in the wee hours of the night UK-time

    penguins will sleep, even they must, and get another day for their waddlings and twaddlings

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