The men’s singles saw some huge upsets in Week 1, but Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal all are still in the race. It would be a huge surprise if anyone stops the Big 3 in the 2019 Wimbledon Quarterfinals on Wednesday, considering what we saw on Manic Monday.
Djokovic hammered Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-2 6-3; Nadal had a light drill with Joao Sousa 6-2 6-2 6-2, while Federer humiliated the 17th-seeded Matteo Berrettini 6-1 6-2 6-2.
After a furious round of 16, Federer takes on the 8th-seeded Kei Nishikori as a 1.10 favorite. Roger had 24 winners and five unforced errors against Berrettini, earning his 99th Wimbledon victory. Nishikori lost a set over his previous four matches, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin in four sets in the previous round.
Nishikori has never been a grass-court specialist, and he’s won just one of his previous seven meetings with Federer. Kei could make some damage if he serves well and stays focused on return, but I expect Federer to put on a strong performance and win in three or four sets.
The reigning champion Novak Djokovic meets the 21st-seeded David Goffin who beat Fernando Verdasco in four sets in the round of 16 on Monday. Goffin eliminated the 11th seed Daniil Medvedev in the round of 32, and David’s playing in a good form the moment, winning eight of his last nine matches on the grass court.
As well as Nishikori, Goffin will have to keep his serve at the highest level to stand a chance against Djokovic as a 10.00 underdog. After five straight losses to Novak, Goffin won his last duel with the current No. 1 back in 2017 in Monte Carlo on a clay court, but Novak is in much better shape now.
Sam Querrey is enjoying a great tournament including the first-round victory over the World No. 4 Dominic Thiem, and he could endanger Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. Considering his strong serve and forehand, Querrey is always a dangerous rival on the grass court. On the other side, Nadal has been impressive over the first four rounds, and I think he’ll cover a 1.5-set handicap.
Finally, the 23rd seed Roberto Bautista Agut eyes his first Wimbledon semifinals. Roberto won all his four matches in straight sets, while his next rival, the 26th seed Guido Pella, outlasted a couple of former Wimbledon vice-campions over the previous two rounds.
Pella upset Kevin Anderson in straight sets and Milos Raonic in five sets to clinch his first Wimbledon quarterfinals. However, I expect Bautista Agut to dominate Pella from the baseline.
I think there’s no real value in men’s quarterfinals. Somebody could drop a set on his way to the semis, and I expect Bautista Agut to join the Big 3 in the last four. Still, here’s my four-match parlay.
Federer vs. Nishikori Over 33.5 Games
Djokovic vs. Goffin Over 30.5 Games
Nadal vs. Querrey AH-1.5
Bautista Agut vs. Pella AH-1.5