Day 4: Restoring Order

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After one of the most surprising and dramatic day’s in grand slam history, Thursday at Wimbledon restored order. Novak Djokovic and company most took care of business, with only a couple of upsets on the grass. Let’s get into it!

Djokovic In Control- After seeing so many of the top seeds fall, Djokovic is sure to be focused during his matches, because he knows that the other players now have belief that they can beat the top players. Unfortunately for his opponent today, Bobby Reynolds, the outcome of the match was never really in doubt. Although the first set went to a tiebreak, Djokovic barely lost any points on his serve, and was generating numerous break points of his own. He won the match by a score of 7-6(2) 6-3 6-1. It must be noted that Djokovic was not playing his best on the big points, as he converted only 4 of 18 break point opportunities. He will need that stat to improve if he wants to win the title.

Rain Finally Back- The weather had beed uncharacteristically good for the first 3 and half days, but the rain was bound to come eventually. Tommy Haas and David Ferrer’s matches were both postponed to tomorrow, and many players still have to finish their matches. The most notable of these is Grigor Dimitrov vs Grega Zemlja. Zemlja leads 9-8 in the fifth set of that match, although it’s on serve. Dimitrov needs to come out sharp tomorrow to win that match.

7-8-9- We’ve kind of ignored the 7, 8, and 9 seeds thus far in our previews, but they are quietly going about their business. Tomas Berdych outclassed Daniel Brands in straight sets, and his game looks very good at the moment. After losing first round at the French, the Birdman looks determined. He is in Djokovic’s quarter, and that would be a very good match. Juan Martin Del Potro also won in straight sets today, beating Jesse Levine. He can be dangerous on grass (Bronze metal at Olympics ’12), but he has never reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon. He plays the winner of the Dimitrov match next. Richard Gasquet had a little more trouble than the other two, but he eventually won comfortably in 4 sets over Go Soeda. He could play Berdych in the round of 16.

My Picks- Not such a great day for me. Not all matches completed, but I whiffed pretty bad on Denis Kudla, Milos Raonic, and James Blake. I ended up 7 for 11.

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After the major carnage on day 3, let’s hope day 4 at Wimbledon can restore some order. The seeds in the top half have fared much better than those of the bottom half. There are many good matches on the schedule for tomorrow, so lets take a look.

Tomas Berdych vs Daniel Brands- After taking out a tricky first round opponent in Martin Klizan, things don’t get any easier for Tomas Berdych. The Birdman takes on the big serving Daniel Brands, whose game fits the grass well. Berdych has never played Name Brands, but he’ll be aware of his opponents talent. Look for a few tiebreaks in this one. I’m taking Berdych in 4.

James Blake vs Bernard Tomic- Theses two players are at the opposite ends of their career. Blake has never played very well at Wimbledon, but he’s got an opportunity to make the third round for the first time in 5 years. Bernie Tomic apparently can’t play that well unless his dad is in the stands, and he won’t be their due to his ban from the ATP for headbutting Bernard’s hitting partner. Tomic has the talent, but doesn’t seem to have the passion to be a top player yet. I’m taking Blake in 5.

Denis Kudla vs Ivan Dodig- Most people aren’t talking about this match, but I love Kudla. He also has a great opportunity, after Dodig took out Phillip Kohlshreiber in the first round. Dodig is very up and down. He beat Nadal in 2011, but I’ve also seen him play some horrible matches. I’m thinking Kudla continues his run and wins in 5 grueling sets.

Novak Djokovic vs Bobby Reynolds- Djokovic’s mouth must have a smile on his face after all the top seeds going down early. However, he knows that he has to make sure he doesn’t catch the upset bug. He shouldn’t have a problem with Bobby Reynolds. The American is a journeyman with not too many weapons, so Novak should win 3 routine sets.

Juan Martin Del Potro vs Jesse Levine- Delpo in 3.

David Ferrer vs Roberto Bautista Agut- Ferrer in 3.

Richard Gasquet vs Go Soeda- Gasquet in 3.

Grigor Dimitrov vs Grega Zemlja- Dimitrov in 3. (I’m pulling for Grigor bigtime now that Fed is out)

Tommy Haas vs Jimmy Wang- Haas in 3.

Kei Nishikori vs Leonardo Mayer- Nishikori in 3.

Santiago Giraldo vs Alexandr Dolgopolov- Dolgopolov in 4.

Milos Raonic Igor Sijsling- Raonic in 4.

Michael Llodra vs Andreas Seppi- Llodra in 4.

Jeremy Chardy vs Jan-Lennard Struff- Chardy in 4.

Feliciano Lopez vs Paul-Henri Mathieu- Lopez in 4.

Kevin Anderson vs Michal Przysiezny- Anderson in 3.

Who do you guys have on upset alert?