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Wimbledon has now reached the second week and fourth round stage and today sees the remaining 32 men and women fight it out for a place in the quarter finals. The most impressive performers from the mens tournament so far have been second favourite and fourth seed Nadal and favourite and third seed Federer, who are both playing as well as I’ve ever seen them play, and if they continue in the same vein of form it’s hard to see past them contesting Sunday’s final.

Of the two Federer has the tougher draw to contest with 13th seed Dimitrov today then either sixth seed Raonic or tenth seed Alexander Zverev in the quarter finals and most likely Djokovic in the semi-finals. The way Nadal is playing the only player who I think could come anywhere near to beating him in the top-half of the draw this week is top-seed Murray, but he would need to evidence the type of form that won him both of his Wimbledon titles this week.

The women’s tournament is far more open and there are still four or five players in my eyes who are more than capable of winning the title like fourth seed Svitolina, sixth seed Konta, 7th seed Kuznetsova, tenth seed Williams and 14th seed Muguruza. Muguruza is one of five remaining players to win a Grand Slam (Kerber, Kuznetsova, Azarenka and Ostapenko) and one of two to have reached the final (Kerber and Williams). She has impressed reaching this stage without dropping a set, is looking in confident mood, most importantly knows what it takes to win a Slam and looks like good value to beat top-seed Kerber today and for the second time at Wimbledon.

Kuznetsova seeded 7 has looked in strong form and is yet to drop a set. She leads the head-to-head against Radwanska 14-3, has won nine of the last ten against her, including the last three, and with Kuznetova’s form looking better during the first week there’s no reason why she can’t extend her winning record today.


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