Felix Auger-Aliassime – Alexander Zverev
Felix Auger-Aliassime will face his bête noire (Alexander Zverev won all 3 official matches against the Canadian, plus the two played at UTS last year). This is something to consider as the German’s psychological advantage could have an impact on Auger-Aliassime’s tennis.
I expect the mental part to be important in this match. And at this game, Felix Auger-Aliassime is far from being incredible. The Canadian has a lot of trouble when he has to deal with important moments and this could benefit his opponent of the day (even if it is true that Zverev can also get pissed off at times).
Apart from that, Alexander Zverev has been in great shape since the beginning of Wimbledon. He serves very well, makes very few faults in rallies and can hit a lot of winners. This is the style of play that is very capable of putting Felix Auger-Aliassime in trouble.
I would have been a little more confident if these two players weren’t serving so well. We are not immune to one or more tie-breaks that could spice up this match a bit.
Prediction: Alexander Zverev
Matteo Berrettini – Ilya Ivashka
For his first Wimbledon, Ilya Ivashka deserves his place in the second week. He went out and got his wins and it was pretty good to see. On the other hand, he hasn’t faced a stronger opponent than him yet and I expect that to make all the difference in this match.
Matteo Berrettini is quite monstrous, both on his service games (where he never gives up) and in rallies. He hasn’t lost a match on grass this season (out of 8) and that gives him a lot of confidence. I expect him to reach the quarter finals of Wimbledon for the first time in his career. And this, even if his opponent of the day can be very annoying to play when he manages to get many of his first balls through.
Prediction: Matteo Berrettini