Manic Monday 2018: Previewing all 16 fourth-round matches at Wimbledon

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Serena, Roger, Rafa and Novak are in action—along with many unexpected week-one survivors. (Getty Images)

Roger Federer [1] vs. Adrian Mannarino [22]

The flat-hitting Frenchman likes grass, but not Federer; he’s won one just set from him in six meetings. Winner: Federer

Gael Monfils vs. Kevin Anderson [8]

Strangely, Anderson has won just one set in five matches against Monfils. I’d say he’s due to break the streak, but France will still be in the World Cup on Monday, which means Monfils should still be floating on air. Winner: Monfils

Milos Raonic [13] vs. MacKenzie McDonald

McDonald has been the pleasant American surprise of the fortnight, but Raonic is a brutal step up in weight class. Winner: Raonic

John Isner [9] vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas [31]

The young Greek has a better all-around grass game than the veteran American, but his one-handed backhand may make breaking Isner’s serve even harder than it is for everyone else. Winner: Isner

Novak Djokovic [12] vs. Karen Khachanov

Khachanov is a player for the future, but Djokovic appears to be rounding into fighting form as we speak. Winner: Djokovic

Kei Nishikori [24] vs. Ernests Gulbis

While Nishikori played the best grass-court match of his career to beat Nick Kyrgios on Saturday, Gulbis will have the bigger weapons on Monday. Winner: Gulbis

Juan Martin del Potro [5] vs. Gilles Simon

Delpo, semifinalist here in 2013 and semifinalist at Roland Garros last month, has his sights set on bigger things than the round of 16. Winner: Del Potro

Rafael Nadal [2] vs. Jiri Vesely

The lefty Czech is a dangerous opponent for Nadal, who lost to another left-hander, Gilles Muller, in this round last year. Winner: Nadal

Daily Serve—looking ahead to Manic Monday at Wimbledon:

Serena Williams [25] vs. Evgeniya Rodina

Serena plays with clarity and simplicity when she gets her game going on grass. That’s exactly how she looked in her last round. Winner: Williams

Angelique Kerber [11] vs. Belinda Bencic

Bencic’s return has been welcome this fortnight, but Kerber, a 2016 finalist, has been fighting with the desperation of someone who thinks she can win the tournament. Winner: Kerber

Karolina Pliskova [7] vs. Kiki Bertens [20]

Will Pliskova feel as if she’s playing with house money after returning from the dead against Mihaela Buzarnescu? If so, she’ll be hard to beat. Winner: Pliskova

Jelena Ostapenko [12] vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Sasnovich, crafty conqueror of Petra Kvitova, has been one of the revelations of the tournament. Winner: Sasnovich

Julia Goerges [13] vs. Donna Vekic

The German is the better and more accomplished player overall, but Vekic’s flatter shots are better suited for grass. Winner: Vekic

Ekaterina Makarova vs. Camila Giorgi

Giorgi has been on a mini-surge, but Makarova may still be motivated to prove that Caroline Wozniacki was wrong to say she wouldn’t get far after their second-round match. Winner: Makarova

Su-Wei Hsieh vs. Dominika Cibulkova

Su-Wei Hsieh’s high-wire shotmaking act may be the greatest show in tennis, but like all high-wire acts, it comes with a downside. Winner: Cibulkova

Daria Kasatkina [14] vs. Alison van Uytvanck

Spiritually and physically, Van Uytvanck is playing with a new sense of freedom. That’s dangerous for her opponents, even ones as talented as Kasatkina. Winner: Van Uytvanck

Strokes of Genius is a world-class documentary capturing the historic 13-year rivalry between tennis icons Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship – an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true winner was the sport itself.


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