The 2013 Wimbledon men’s main draw singles matches began on Monday 24 June at 11:30am local time in Wimbledon in the United Kingdom. There were 128 players competing for the title and now after the first six days of play, only sixteen players remain to compete in the second week. All eight men’s fourth round singles matches will be played on Monday 1 July.
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Below OnCourt Advantage lists what the seeded match-ups for the fourth round were and what the actual fourth round men’s singles draw is in an easy to follow format.
From the eight seeded match-ups for the fourth round only one of them eventuated. The top seeded Novak Djokovic was the favourite before the tournament began and further shortened once three of the Fab Four where drawn in the opposite half of his draw. In addition, the surprise upsets of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer left Djokovic as the only former champion still in contention for the title.
Pictured above during his third round victory at Wimbledon yesterday is Djokovic balanced and poised as he is set to propel himself into this forehand ground stroke. Djokovic has won all three matches thus far without dropping a set.
Things are not as simple as they might seem as Djokovic could still face his opponent in each of the final four rounds according to the pre-tournament seeding system. In fact, provided the remaining five highest seeds continue to their winning ways, Djokovic is seeded to play Tomas Berdych in the quarter finals, David Ferrer in the semi finals and Andy Murray in the final.
Next up, Djokovic has No.13 seed Tommy Haas in the fourth round who defeated Djokovic 6-2 6-4 in the Miami Masters 1000 event this year and has won their only previous match at Wimbledon and both matches they have played on grass.
Looking ahead, Djokovic also lost his most recent match against Berdych in the quarter finals in Rome this year. Berdych won their only previous match on grass and at Wimbledon in straight sets on his way to the final in 2010. Ferrer is at the peak of his career after playing in the Roland Garros final earlier this month and has five wins against Djokovic. Djokovic has won twice to every loss against Ferrer in the careers, but having won the past four matches may be due for a loss if they meet for the first time on grass.
A final showdown between the No.1 and No.2 seed would pit Djokovic against Murray, who beat him in straight sets their only previous meeting on grass and at Wimbledon in the London Olympics. Djokovic leads Murray 11-7 in their career head-to-head record, however Murray knows how to beat Djokovic in a Grand Slam final as he proved at the 2012 US Open.
The draw for the seeded players IF they had all won through to the fourth round was:
Novak Djokovic  v  Tommy Haas
Richard Gasquet  v  Tomas Berdych
David Ferrer  v  Philipp Kohlschreiber
Kei Nishikori  v  Juan Martin del Potro
Rafael Nadal  v  Stanislas Wawrinka
Nicolas Almagro  v  Roger Federer
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  v  Marin Cilic
Janko Tipsarevic  v  Andy Murray
The actual 2013 Wimbledon men’s fourth round is:
Novak Djokovic  v  Tommy Haas
Bernard Tomic v  Tomas Berdych
David Ferrer  v Ivan Dodig
Andreas Seppi  v  Juan Martin del Potro
Lukas Kubot v Adrian Mannarino
Jerzy Janowicz  v Jurgen Melzer
Fernando Verdasco v Kenny De Schepper
Mikhail Youzhny  v  Andy Murray
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