Elena Rybakina in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2022, London, UK
Elena Rybakina in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2022, London, UK | (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

Tennis | Wimbledon 2024 | Elena Rybakina and Elina Svitolina clash headlines day two of the quarterfinals

By Jacob Atkinson

  • Elena Rybakina [4] v Elina Svitolina [21]
  • Alex de Minaur [9] v Novak Djokovic [2]
  • Barbora Krejcikova [31] v Jelena Ostapenko [13]
  • Lorenzo Musetti [25] v Taylor Fritz [13]
WIMBLEDON, UK – The 2022 champion, Elena Rybakina, bids for a semi-final spot as she faces Elina Svitolina in the quarters.

 

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Elena Rybakina [4] v Elina Svitolina [21] | H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Elena Rybakina [4] v Elina Svitolina [21] H2H: Tied at 2-2
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Elena Rybakina moved on from the round of 16 after her opponent, Anna Kalinskaya, was forced to retire. By the time Kalinskaya had to call it quits, Rybakina had won eight straight games in a row and the match was almost over at 6-3, 3-0. The fourth seed has now won 18 out of the 20 matches she has played at SW19 and is the clear favourite to go on and win the competition.

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As for Elina Svitolina, the Ukrainian has played an excellent tournament so far and hasn’t dropped a set since the first round. She beat Ons Jabeur 6-1, 7-6 in the third round, who was one of the favourites to win the competition and Xinyu Wang in the round of 16. The 21st seed will be looking to make the semi-finals for two years running, and for a third time in her whole career.

The pair come into the match tied at 2-2 in their head-head. They butted heads in the round of 16 at Roland Garros earlier this year, where Rybakina wiped the floor with Svitolina in a 6-4, 6-3 victory. The last time these two met on grass was at Eastbourne in 2021, where Rybakina also won in straight sets.

With Rybakina’s main weapons being her first serve and her forehand groundstrokes, Svitolina will need to be consistent on her return game and effective in her defensive play to have a chance of moving onto the next round. Rybakina will need to be weary of Svitolina’s ability to counterpunch, which can surprise any opponent when they least expect it.

Prediction: Rybakina in three sets.

 

Alex de Minaur [9] v Novak Djokovic [2] | H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Alex de Minaur [9] v Novak Djokovic [2] H2H: Djokovic leads 2-1
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Alex de Minaur has been a threat throughout all of the 2024 season and has continued this form at the All-English Lawn Tennis Club. In his last round clash against Arthur Fils, the Australian came through with a 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory but had a slight wobble in the third set. The Frenchman went up a gear, however, De Minaur raised the bar in the fourth to prevent a potential comeback and move onto his first ever semi-final at Wimbledon.

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Novak Djokovic played his best match of the tournament so far in the last round against the 15th seed, Holger Rune. This was by far the hardest opponent he has faced at SW19 in 2024, yet he made it seem like the easiest win. The former world number one took down Rune in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 straight set thrashing and seems to be improving with every game he plays.

In 2024, these two heavyweights have met on two occasions and have each won once. Their first battle of the year was at the United Cup back in January where de Minaur had his whole country behind him to take the win in straight sets. However, their second and more recent meeting was at the Monte Carlo Masters where Djokovic dispatched the Australian in a straight set win.

The seven-time champion will be looking to dictate rallies with the aggressiveness he has on both the forehand and backhand wings, however, de Minaur’s sheer speed and brick-wall like defence skills will be hard to break down. Expect a thrilling encounter that guarantees to have you on the edge of your seat.

Prediction: Djokovic in four sets.

 

 

Barbora Krejcikova [31] v Jelena Ostapenko [13] | H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Barbora Krejcikova [31] v Jelena Ostapenko [13] H2H: Ostapenko leads 6-2.
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Having just about made it through the first round against Veronika Kudermetova, Barbora Krejcikova bids for a place in the semi-finals ten days later. Since her close call in the first round, the Czech is yet to drop a set and has played a solid level of tennis. Her last matchup was the 11th seed, Danielle Collins, where her 7-5, 6-3 victory moved her on to her fourth grand slam quarter final.

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Jelena Ostapenko took down Yulia Putintseva in the round of 16, who had previously knocked out the number one seed, Iga Swiatek, in the previous round. The Latvian was dominant throughout the match and showed very little weakness in the match. The 13th seed is yet to drop a set in her campaign and seems to be getting stronger the further she goes in the tournament.

In the head-head, Ostapenko is ahead with a healthy 6-2 lead over the Czech. The pair have played against each other on grass which was in their last meeting at Birmingham last year. Ostapenko came out on top in straight sets despite a very tight tiebreak in the first set, which saw her take home the title.

Ostapenko’s recent form and head-head advantage give her the upper hand without a doubt, however Krejcikova’s consistency and tactical play style make her a difficult opponent to break through.

Prediction: Ostapenko in straight sets.

 

Lorenzo Musetti [25] v Taylor Fritz [13] | H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Lorenzo Musetti [25] v Taylor Fritz [13] H2H: Fritz leads 2-1
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Lorenzo Musetti’s dream finally came true when he beat Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 to move onto his first ever grand slam quarter final. The Italian has had a very successful grass court season so far, reaching the final at Queens a few weeks ago and the semi-finals at Stuttgart before that.

His Wimbledon campaign so far has been nothing short of hard work and determination and the 25th seed will be looking to continue his run even further with a spot in the semi-finals.

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As for Taylor Fritz, the American came back from two sets down to shock fourth seed, Alexander Zverev 4-6 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 for a place in the semi-finals. Zverev’s serve was yet to be broken during his journey at SW19, until Fritz finally broke through in the third set at which became a turning point for the match.

At Wimbledon 2022 the two were pitted together in the first round where Fritz had no mercy for Musetti in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 slog. However, in their most recent confrontation at the Monte Carlos Masters earlier this year, Musetti beat the former Indian Wells champion in straight sets.

Both players depend on their attacking talents to beat their opponents. Musetti’s majestic one-handed backhand, along with his powerful forehand, are useful tools to dictate play from the baseline. Likewise, Fritz can be explosive from both wings and has the all-court game to fall back on when he is under pressure.

Prediction: Fritz in four sets.

 

 

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