It’s good to be back! Chris Hayes has returned from his job with the USTA to please all our viewers again. I have been working a futures event here in Rochester and will get to that later in the week, probably after Wimbledon. I will share my experiences as press aide and player liasion and watching some of the future stars of men’s tennis. But let’s get back to Wimbledon!
If you told me that the Polish duo of Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot would be the quarterfinal matchup instead of Nadal and Federer, I might have punched you in the face. Alas, here we are and that is exactly what we have. Lukasz Kubot, Wimbledon quarterfinalist. Just doesn’t sound right coming out of my mouth. Joey and I have seen the talent in Janowicz and this is a real opportunity for him. Jerzy has actually had some solid wins over Almagro and Melzer while Kubot had to through Adrian Mannarino to get through the quarter. ADRIAN MANNARINO. Roger and Rafa really left a gapping hole in this draw. Jerzy defeated Melzer in an epic 5 set marathon, and Kubot also defeated Mannarino in 5 sets.
The top half of the draw is much more straight forward. Novak Djokovic looked very strong again against Tommy Haas, defeating him in straight sets. Nole will play Berdych in the quarters. Berdych had to work hard to get by Australian youngster Bernie Tomic. That was a very entertaining match with 2 big servers and could not have been much closer. Berdych got by in 4 sets. David Ferrer looked like he was in trouble again against Ivan Dodig after dropping the first set again, but it turned out the second set tiebreaker was all he needed as he cruised in the third and fourth sets. I am still most impressed with Del Potro. He defeated a crafty Italian in Seppi in straight sets and has yet to drop a set in this Wimbledon. Ferrer should be very wary of the big Argentinian in the quarters.
As for the British man Andy Murray, he did not look spectacular against Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny yesterday. Murray was lucky to get through that in straight sets. Youzhny served for the second set up 5 – 3 and was up 4 – 2 in the second set tiebreaker. After he came back from that, Youzhny went into his usual disposable self and got crushed in the third. Murray’s quarterfinal encounter is an intriging match with Fernando Verdasco who defeated Kenny De Schepper in the fourth round.
Joey will preview all of these quarterfinal matches later today!