It would appear that second ranked Novak Djokovic got the easiest quarterfinals draw as he will face Australian teenager Bernard Tomic tomorrow morning. Tomic, ranked 158th in the world, has stunned the field with his play, though, beating top 30 opponents Nikolay Davydenko and Robin Soderling in route to a shot at the highly touted Serbian. Despite his surprising success, Sports Betting Odds are strongly against Tomic in tomorrow's match as Djokovic is presently a -1000 moneyline favorite to move on to the Wimbledon semifinals.
Novak Djokovic's dominance continued on Monday as he ousted his fourth round opponent, 19th ranked Michael Llodra, in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Djokovic produced just one more ace than Llodra (9 to 8), but he had six unforced errors to the Frenchman's 21.
Djokovic, who scored 32 winners in the match, also outdueled the Paris native in the service game, winning 42 of his 50 first serve chances and 16 of his 22 second service opportunities.
The victory improved Djokovic's 2011 match record to an unbelieveable 45-1; the lone setback being a four set loss to Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals.
While Djokovic's presence in the Wimby quarterfinals was almost a foregone conclusion, Bernard Tomic's was anything but. Tomic, who won three qualifying matches to make the tournament, has shocked the All England Club with his performance over the past two weeks.
Not only has Tomic found his way to the quarterfinals in just his second Wimbledon appearance, he has won all but one match, a second round battle with Russian Igor Andreev, in straight sets.
Tomic's latest victim, Belgium's Xavier Malisse, fell to the Gold Coast resident 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 on Monday. Tomic had 10 aces, eight unforced errors, and 37 winners in the win.
Tomorrow's match will mark the first time that Tomic and Djokovic have squared off in sanctioned play.
Wimbledon 2011 Quarterfinals Odds Novak Djokovic vs Bernard Tomic Predictions:
Novak Djokovic -7 Games (-125), Over 34 Games (+115), -1000 (Moneyline)
Bernard Tomic +7 Games (-115), Under 34 Games (-155), +500 (Moneyline)