Monday, June 27, 2005


What a day it promises to be in Wimbledon today with all the fourth round matches to be played on Monday. Federer is the favourite to go through to the next round defeating Ferrero. It is really a credit to the Spaniard to come this far when other clay court exponents have failed including Nadal. Hewitt may be in some sort of bother with Taylor Dent who can fire big serves. Of course, the Aussie is known to have one of the best returns in the game today. David Nalbandian has come to the fourth round with a hard fought victory in the last round over Murray. Roddick takes on another Argentine baseliner in the shape of Coria. The American starts the favourite. The conqueror of Henman, Tursunov takes on the talented Frenchman Grosjean. Will the crowd support him? The big serving Croat Mario Ancic has to dispose off Lopez who put out Safin. It will be interesting to see the outcome of the match between Max 'the beast' Mirnyi and Johansson.

In the women's side will Venus Williams be able to take revenge for the defeat of her younger sister? She takes on Creyas. Myskina and Dementieva meet once again following the French Open final of 2004. Sharapova can overcome the challenge of Dechy. It is a good match in prospect between two power hitters, Davenport and Clijsters. Kuznetsova has struggled in the earlier rounds. There are other Russians in the form of Petrova and Likhotseva as well in the fourth round. Pierce has another shot at glory with a match against Penneta.

From an Indian point the challenge continues with Paes, Bhupathi and Sania in various doubles events.

I would be happy to see my predictions go wrong.


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