On Wednesday morning at Wimbledon, we may have finally witnessed the end of an era, as defending champion Roger Federer went out in the quarter-finals in a game that he looked to have won. We are not suggesting that Federer’s career is over, but at 36 years of age, you really do have to wonder how many more major championships he has in him. While the reigning champion may be gone, there are still 4 very good players left in the Men’s Championship at 2018 Wimbledon, including the #2 seed, Rafael Nadal. He will have a tough path to the final against Novak Djokovic, while the other semi-final features a pair of rather surprising stars in John Isner and Kevin Anderson. Who will we see in the final on Sunday? Let’s take a closer look at both games.
2018 Wimbledon Men’s Semifinals Betting Preview & Picks
‘I’ve Always Believed That I Have This In Me’
Kevin Anderson discusses past struggles, self confidence and lessons learned from his run to the 2017 US Open final.
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- Location: London, UK
- Venue: AELTC
- Established: 1877
- Editions: 131
- Open Era Editions: 50 editions
- Surface: Grass
- Prize money: £2,200,000
ATP’s Top 10
- 1-Rafael Nadal
- 2-Roger Federer
- 3-Alexander Zverev
- 4-Juan Martin del Potro
- 5-Marin Cilic
- 6-Grigor Dimitrov
- 7-Dominic Thiem
- 8-Kevin Anderson
- 9-David Goffin
- 10-John Isner
Kevin Anderson (#8) vs John Isner (#9)
Kevin Anderson is coming off what may well be the best game of the tournament thus far, and he needed to show some real grit to do it. At one point, he was down two sets to one with Federer serving at match point, yet he somehow managed to find a way to dig himself out, tie the match, and eventually win the final set in a 13-11 thriller. It was an incredible win over the defending champion, but you now also have to wonder just how much gas he has left in the tank.
John Isner also had a tough game in the quarter-finals, coming from a set down against Milos Raonic to win by 3 sets to 1. That was the toughest game for Isner since being taken to 5 sets in the second round, so you have to feel as though he is still going to be relatively fresh, or at least as fresh as you can be in the late stages of a major tournament.
These two players have met 11 times in the past, with Isner holding a substantial 8-3 edge, although most of those meetings came on a hard court. They have met once on grass, with Isner taking that one, which I think he will also do here.
Novak Djokovic (#12) vs Rafael Nadal (#2)
The other semi-final features a pair of players who are very familiar with one another, having already met 51 times over the years. It is Djokovic who hold the slight edge with 26 wins, and he is here after getting past Kei Nikoshori in what was an ill-tempered performance in a 4-set win. Djokovic certainly seems to have his fire back and is playing very well in this tournament.
Nadal was given his first real test at Wimbledon in the last round, needing all 5 sets to get past Juan Martin Del Potro, and coming from 2 sets to 1 down to get the win. Grass has not always been very kind to Nadal, but he is excelling this time around.
Given the past history with these two, we are essentially looking at a coin flip here. Djokovic always seems to save his best for the grass courts at Wimbledon, which is why I like him to move on to the final on Sunday.
Last 10 Wimbledon Winners
- 2017: Roger Federer
- 2016: Andy Murray
- 2015: Novak Djokovic
- 2014: Novak Djokovic
- 2013: Andy Murray
- 2012: Roger Federer
- 2011: Novak Djokovic
- 2010: Rafael Nadal
- 2009: Roger Federer
- 2008: Rafael Nadal