This section of the draw can be titled Rafa and the Aussies as Rafael Nadal has entered the second week of the draw Wimbledon along with three Australian men, all playing in the round of 16. Here are your predictions for each game.
Cristian Garin versus Alex de Minaur
Jakub Bobro: Garin has now completed fourth rounds in a row at Wimbledon, despite having problems. The Chilean was lucky with Matteo Berrettini’s withdrawal but showed himself really well in his last win over Jenson Brooksby. de Minaur has been solid throughout the tournament, beating Britons Jack Draper and Liam Broady in his last two games. It’s been a great run for Garin but I think it will end here as the Aussie has won in all three of his previous meetings including Eastbourne last week. de Minaur in the 4th
Damian: Consecutive appearances in the fourth round at Wimbledon is quite an impressive performance from Cristian Garin, although the draws were very friendly. The Chilean hits a fairly flat ball for a clay specialist and is pretty good on serve/return. However, Alex de Minaur is a much more natural grass player and he has been in dominant form so far. He should be moving fairly comfortably, dropping a set at best. de Minaur in the 3
Brandon Nakashima versus Nick Kyrgios
Jakub: Kyrgios played one of the best matches of the tournament against Stefanos Tsitsipas but will have a different challenge in Nakashima. The young American is a strong returnee, as he showed against Denis Shapovalov, and will at least give Kyrgios a chance to catch up. This match will take a lot of concentration for the Australian to win, who I expect will be pacing all the time, but I think Kyrgios will win in the end. Kyrgios in the 5th
Damian: This is a test for Nick Kyrgios – can he keep up the motivation and play as well as he did to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas against someone he should theoretically beat? If he steps onto the pitch thinking it’s going to be easy, he’s not going to win it. Brandon Nakashima has a great turf campaign and Kyrgios will make maximum efforts to progress reasonably smoothly. Let’s assume he delivers.
Kyrgios in the 4th
Jason Kuebler vs. Taylor Fritz
Jakub: Fritz, who has yet to lose a set, is now on a seven-game win streak, most recently against Alex Molcan. Kubler has won the last six and started his Wimbledon in qualifying. The Aussie passed former top 10 player and fellow qualifier Jack Sock in five sets. Kubler is a solid player but I expect the last game to catch up with him as Fritz’s short stint on the pitch will make him a tough opponent as we get closer to the tournament’s business end. Fritz im 3
Damian: It’s been a phenomenal season for Jason Kubler and he’ll probably be Taylor Fritz’s toughest opponent yet. However, it seems the American has truly joined the elite this year, having flown sky-high at Eastbourne and Wimbledon so far. Kubler could challenge him, but it will take a bad day at the office for Fritz to be eliminated here. Fritz in the 4th
Rafael Nadal versus Botic van de Zandschulp
Jakub: After a bit of roof and grunt drama, Nadal claimed his first win in a set at Wimbledon this year, beating Lorenzo Sonego. Van De Zandschulp eliminated another tricky opponent in his last match with Richard Gasquet. I don’t expect Nadal to be as dominant in this match as they were last time they met at Roland Garros, but the Spaniard is a legitimate title contender here and should win. Nadal in the 4th
Damian: Botic van de Zandschulp has a very balanced game and is dangerous both defensively and offensively. The serve is also a big threat on this surface. However, he might be missing something to beat Rafael Nadal, especially if the Spaniard plays like he did against Lorenzo Sonego and not against Francisco Cerundolo and Ricardas Berankis. Nadal in the 4th