The Wimbledon quarter-finals are almost upon us. After a pulsating fourth round, the drama is set to peak as the tournament veers towards a close. In the men’s section, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s shadow looms over the pack, but Nick Kyrgios’ disruptive genius could shake their stranglehold. Meanwhile, Cameron Norrie carries local hopes on his stocky shoulders. The Briton has flown under the radar, but with every passing round, support for him grows. Janik Sinner, Taylor Fritz, David Goffin and Chilean Cristian Garin round off the last eight.
Novak Djokovic vs Janik Sinner
Janik Sinner has had a breakout Wimbledon campaign. Counting big-serving John Isner and fellow starlet Carlos Alcaraz among his scalps, the frizzy-haired Italian pits himself against Djokovic’s mystic powers. The Serbian has rarely been troubled in his run to the last eight as he bids for a seventh slam on grass. Having dropped only two sets in his run, the Djoker has been imperious. The safe bet is on the Serb, but the wiry Italian has his weapons.
Cameron Norrie vs David Goffin
Not quite the great British hope in the Murray mould, Norrie is a solid player nonetheless. A streetfighter to the core, he’s always ready for a scrap. But strangely enough, apart from Spaniard Jaume Munar, he hasn’t needed to stretch himself thin. Beating the American pair of Steve Johnson and Tommy Paul en route to the quarters, the ninth-seed will trade blows against David Goffin. The Belgian is experiencing a bit of a renaissance himself. Outwitting another American, Frances Tiafoe, in five gruelling sets, Goffin fears none!
Rafael Nadal vs Taylor Fritz
Nadal keeps getting better with every passing match. After struggling against Francisco Cerundolo and Ricardas Berankis in rounds one and two, the Spaniard dished out two straight-set dismissals to much stronger opponents. Ageing like fine wine, the 22-time Major winner looks set for a place in the semis. Standing in his way is Taylor Fritz. The American-yet to drop a set- will look to make the biggest splash in his career by slaying the great master.
Nick Kyrgios vs Cristian Garin
The hothouse Aussie has been an untethered presence on the manicured lawns of SW19. Whilst an incendiary figure, Kyrgios’ tennis speaks for itself. After his ill-tempered but highly watchable win against Stefanos Tsitsipas, he was all focused energy against the quietly effective Brandon Nakashima. Boasting a mix of booming serves, flashy groundstrokes and wondrous touch play, the Aussie has the game for grass. But Cristian Garin’s grind-set ways make him no pushover. Edging out another Aussie, Alex de Minaur, in five slow-burn sets, the Chilean is a bit of a mentality monster himself!