Wimbledon hasn’t seen a wildcard go this deep since Goran Ivanisevic won the men’s title back in 2001. Al Dannity says the Sabine Lisicki show is just getting started.
Germany’s new Queen of Grass Sabine Lisicki is 11-0 on grass in 2011. That’s not a Djokovic-esque streak but it’s one worth noting. The German, who is still supposedly only on the comeback trail, showed tremendous resolve to overcome Marion Bartoli in three sets on Tuesday. Bartoli, the #9 seed who ousted Serena Williams in the previous round, looked to have the upper hand when she took a second set tie-break. Lisicki, who only made it to Wimbledon as a wildcard, was undeterred and demolished her French opponent 6-1 in the final set.
Next up for Lisicki is Maria Sharapova, the tournament favorite. Just like I said to Tennis betting fans about her match with Na Li, I like Lisicki to win through against the odds and make Saturday’s final.
Nadal fights through the pain Rafael Nadal hurt his foot but battled back from injury to beat Juan Martin Del Potro in four sets on Monday. The world #1 and defending champion was in no mood to give up his title and played on valiantly to deservedly book his place in Wednesday’s quarter finals. Mardy Fish, the #10 seed, awaits and the American has shown tremendous consistency with his serve throughout the early rounds. Nadal, even an injured Nadal, is still a massive step up and it’s tough to see anything other than a win for the Spaniard.
The best bet for the quarter finals is to back all four of the top seeds to progress. Andy Murray should have no trouble on grass against Feliciano Lopez. With Lopez still active in the mixed doubles as well, it’s hard to see him having the stamina to cope with the home favorite.
The bottom half of the draw provides arguably the most competitive match-up of the last eight, with Roger Federer taking on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Having reached the final at Queen’s, picking up a win over Nadal in the process, Tsonga won’t be afraid of the six-times Wimbledon champion. Federer however is playing on another level at present and should have too much for his French foe.
That leaves Novak Djokovic, the #2 seed, with the task of completing a top four sweep in the quarter finals. He takes on practice partner Bernard Tomic, an 18 year old qualifier from Australia. It’s been a dream run by Tomic but one that will, in all likelihood come to an end. Djokovic has lost just once in 2011 and I don’t see his second loss coming on Wednesday. Bet on the fab four to make the final four for the second straight grand slam.