This part of the draw can be called Rafa and the Aussies as Rafael Nadal has made it to the second week Wimbledon along with three Australians who all feature in 16 matches. Here are your predictions for each match.
Cristian Garin vs Alex de Minaur
Jakub Bobro: Garin has now made it to the fourth rounds at Wimbledon despite the coming struggles. The Chilean was lucky to retire Matteo Berrettini, but he really showed in his last win over Jenson Brooksby. de Minaur was solid throughout the tournament, beating Britain’s Jack Draper and Liam Broady in his last two matches. It’s been a great run for Garin, but I believe it will end here as the Australian has won all three previous meetings, including last week at Eastbourne. de Minaur in 4
Damian: Back-to-back fourth round appearances at Wimbledon is quite an impressive feat from Cristian Garin, although the draws have been very kind. Chilan hits a pretty flat ball for the clay specialist and is quite good on the serve/return. However, Alex de Minaur is a much more natural eater and has been in dominant form so far. He should advance fairly comfortably and drop a set at best. de Minaur in 3
Brandon Nakashima vs Nick Kyrgios
Jakub: Kyrgios played one of the best matches of the tournament against Stefanos Tsitsipas, but he will have a different challenge in Nakashima. The young American is a strong returner, as he showed against Denis Shapovalov, and will at least rally Kyrgios. This match will require a lot of focus for the Aussie to win, which I expect will go away as the match goes on, but I think Kyrgios will win in the end. Kyrgios at 5
Damian: This is a test for Nick Kyrgios – can he stay motivated and play as well as he did when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas against someone he should theoretically beat? If he enters the court thinking it’s going to be easy, he’s not going to win this one. Brandon Nakashima has had a great campaign on grass and it will require Kyrgios to be at his best to progress somewhat smoothly. Let’s just say it delivers.
Kyrgios in the 4th
Jason Kubler vs Taylor Fritz
Jakub: Fritz, who has yet to drop a set, is now on a seven-match winning streak with his latest win coming against Alex Molcano. Kubler won the last six to begin his Wimbledon qualifying run. The Australian outlasted former Top 10 player and fellow qualifier Jack Sock in five sets. Kubler is a solid player, but I expect the last match to catch up with him as Fritz’s short court time will make him a tough matchup as we head into the business end of the tournament. Fritz at 3
Damian: Jason Kubler has had a phenomenal season and will likely be Taylor Fritz’s toughest opponent yet. However, the American seems to have really broken into the elite this year and has so far been flying high at Eastbourne and Wimbledon. Kubler might give him a challenge, but it will take Fritz a bad day at the office to be eliminated here. Fritz at 4
Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp
Jakub: After a bit of drama and grunt, Nadal claimed his first straight win at Wimbledon this year, knocking out Lorenzo Sonego. Van De Zandschulp knocked out another tricky opponent in Richard Gasquet in his last match. I don’t expect Nadal to be as dominant in this match as he was in their previous meeting at Roland Garros, but the Spaniard is a legitimate title contender here and should win. Still at 4
Damian: Botic van de Zandschulp has a very well balanced game, he is dangerous both in defense and attack. The serve is also a big threat on this surface. But he may lack something extra to beat Rafael Nadal, especially when the Spaniard is playing the likes of Lorenzo Sonego, not Francisco Cerundola and Ricardas Berankis. Still at 4