Wimbledon Round 4 Roundup

Wimbledon Round 4 Roundup

With the final Manic Monday and (all but one match of the) fourth round of Wimbledon in the books, it's time to highlight which players are on the rise and which ones look most vulnerable heading into the next round. Players who have been eliminated are of little interest to fantasy players as the tournament unfolds, so this column is meant to take a look ahead based on what's happened so far rather than reflect on the past.

Each of the four men's quarterfinal matches will feature at least one top-10 seed, highlighted by tournament favorite Novak Djokovic and eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer. All eight women left in the draw should feel like they have a legitimate shot at the title, but some are certainly better situated than others. While some players will end up either adding to their legacies or carving out new ones by the end of this fortnight, that won't be the case for any American men or women, as none made the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006 and second time since 1911.

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Novak Djokovic - This tournament has been Djokovic's to lose since the beginning, and that remains the case. He lost the first set of his first-round match but has reeled off 12 consecutive sets since, and the top-seeded Serb will be a heavy favorite in the quarterfinals against unseeded Marton Fucsovics, who took out a higher-ceiling opponent with his upset of No. 5 Andrey Rublev in the Round of 16. Djokovic has an opportunity to tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most men's singles Grand Slam titles at 20 apiece, and he's hungry to seize that opportunity.

Denis Shapovalov - Shapovalov was nearly sent home in the first round, going 6-4 in the fifth against Philipp Kohlschreiber, but the 10th-seeded Canadian has been absolutely dominant since that point. After a second-round walkover against Pablo Andujar, Shapovalov knocked off home favorite Andy Murray without dropping a set and followed that up with another straight sets victory, 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 over eighth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut. Shapovalov has a golden opportunity to reach his first career Grand Slam semifinal, as he'll take on 25th-seeded Karen Khachanov in the quarters. Khachanov was pushed to 10-8 in the fifth set by Sebastian Korda in the Round of 16, and Shapovalov came out on top in their only previous meeting.

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Daniil Medvedev - The Medvedev-Hubert Hurkacz match was the only one on either side of the draw that didn't finish Monday, as they started on Court 2 and weren't moved to a court with a roof when the afternoon rain came. Medvedev leads 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 3-4, but even if he gets through, he'll be at a rest disadvantage for what was already going to be a tough quarterfinal matchup against the sixth-seeded Federer. The second-seeded Russian has the skills to overcome these tough circumstances, but his path forward is as difficult as can be considering it was always known he couldn't face Djokovic until the final.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime - FAA is 0-8 in finals, but he'd be happy to worry about that problem at this tournament. For now, the 16th-seeded Canadian is in his first Grand Slam quarterfinal following his 6-4, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 upset win over Alexander Zverev. Quarterfinal opponent Matteo Berrettini won't gift Auger-Aliassime 20 double faults like Zverev did, but this clash of big servers figures to come down to a few big points, and Auger-Aliassime has the confidence to take charge on those.

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Karolina Pliskova - It was looking like Pliskova's window was closing at age 29, but the big-serving Czech has a golden opportunity to finally grab her first career Grand Slam title here. She has dropped just 24 games through four matches, and Pliskova's one of only three former Grand Slam finalists left in the women's draw. Quarterfinal opponent Viktorija Golubic is enjoying the best Grand Slam run of her career and has proven to be no slouch, but Pliskova has to be viewed as a decisive favorite against the unseeded 28-year-old.

Ashleigh Barty - Barty has rounded into form after a shaky start to her tournament, and the No. 1 seed is coming off a comprehensive 7-5, 6-3 win over Barbora Krejcikova, ending Krejcikova's 10-match Grand Slam winning streak. She'll be heavily favored in the quarterfinals against fellow Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic, who has ridden a favorable draw to her first career Grand Slam quarterfinal but came into this tournament with a 15-26 record at majors. Djokovic is a much more significant favorite on the men's side, but the top-ranked woman has put herself in a great position to compete for the title here as well.

Karolina Muchova - Muchova has navigated a tricky draw beautifully, dropping just one set through four rounds despite facing a mix of in-form seeds and tricky grass-court foes. The Australian Open semifinalist is in the midst of a breakout season of age 24, and she's already been to the Wimbledon quarterfinals once before, so Muchova's a proven performer on grass. Things won't get any easier for her against 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in the quarters, but Muchova has to like her chances if she can match the form she showed in Monday's 7-6 (6), 6-4 win over Paula Badosa. If she gets through Kerber, Muchova could face Barty – whom she defeated 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the Australian Open – in the semifinals.

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Ons Jabeur - Jabeur has been arguably the most impressive player in the women's draw through four rounds, cruising through the first two before notching a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over Garbine Muguruza and following that up with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Iga Swiatek. Those last two wins are both as good as any that have been posted across the women's draw in this tournament, so the 21st-seeded Jabeur should be confident in her chances of knocking out another highly ranked opponent in No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka, who will have all the pressure on her in her first career Grand Slam quarterfinal.

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Sasha Yodashkin
Sasha has been contributing NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB and Tennis content to RotoWire since 2015, with an emphasis on DFS. He is a huge New York sports fan who has been playing fantasy sports since middle school.
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