Manic Monday at Wimbledon Features Round of 16 Matches

by John on July 9, 2017

Today is a quiet day at SW19. The lush lawns at the All England Club are showing a bit of wear and tear after a week of heavy use and could use a breather. They will get just that, a one-day respite from play on this middle Sunday of the Wimbledon fortnight. But come tomorrow, Manic Monday, the players return and the action will be hot and heavy. Eight men’s and eight women’s round of 16 singles matches, along with 20 doubles matches, are on the docket as the second week pairing down begins. On the men’s side, 11 of the top 16 seeds survived the first week, including, as expected, all four of the Big 4. Three unseeded players and two seeded in the second 16 fill out the round of 16. Among the Big 4, only top seed Andy Murray dropped a set, as No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic, No. 3 Roger Federer and No. 4 Rafael Nadal cruised through their three matches unblemished. The following are the fourth round pairings. In the top half of the draw in Quarter No.1, Murray takes on unseeded Benoit Paire and No. 24 seed Sam Querrey battles fellow big server Kevin Anderson, also unseeded. Quarter No. 2 features Nadal against No. 16 seed Gilles Muller, a serve and volley virtuoso, and No. 7 seed Marin Cilic versus No. 18 seed Roberto Batista Agut. In the bottom half of the draw in Quarter No. 3, No. 6 seed Milos Raonic tackles No. 10 seed Alexander Zverev in a matchup of big servers and Roger Federer meets No. 13 seed Grigor Dimitrov. Quarter No. 4 pits No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem against No. 13 seed Tomas Berdych and Djokovic versus unseeded Adrian Mannarino. Hopefully by nightfall on this very busy day, the singles quarterfinals will be set.

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