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Wimbledon 2011: Tennis experts predict Andy Murray v Feliciano Lopez

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Andy Murray has so far cruised through this year's Wimbledon Championships, but now he faces Feliciano Lopez in the quarter-finals on Centre Court.

Murray's form has been serene thus far and Lopez has also impressed, knocking out Andy Roddick and surviving a five-set epic against Lukasz Kubot.

Few people give the Spaniard a chance, given he is ranked 44th in the world compared to Murray fourth-placed seeding.

But what do the experts think? We asked a host of former players, BBC pundits and newspaper journalists what they think the outcome of Wednesday's match will be.

TIM HENMAN, four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist
Tim Henman

"Lopez is a dangerous player because he has got such a big serve, but having said that he gives Andy a target which I think he will like. I don't think Lopez can maintain his game to such a consistently high level to really trouble Murray."

GREG RUSEDSKI, Former world number four
Greg Rusedski

"I think it is going to be one of those matches in which Murray will win very comfortably in three or four sets. Realistically, I can't see Lopez upsetting him. If Murray wins the first set he will win in straight sets - if not - in four."

SUE BARKER, BBC Sport presenter
Sue Barker

"Lopez has a terrific serve, one of the best in the game but I think the five sets in his last match could take its toll. My money's on Andy to win comfortably in three or four sets. I think he moved up the gears against Gasquet and the last two sets he played in that match are about as good as I've ever seen him play."

LINDSAY DAVENPORT, 1999 Wimbledon champion
Lindsay Davenport

"Lopez had a tiring victory on Monday and Andy is in a great position. He has been playing with confidence and it doesn't seem like he feels a lot of pressure. Gasquet was a really big test for him and he played his best tennis of the tournament. That says a lot!"

VIRGINIA WADE, 1977 Wimbledon champion
Virginia Wade

"I don't think Murray will have many problems with Lopez. I think he left it all on the court in his last match, coming back from two sets to love down, and I think he will be weary."

TRACY AUSTIN, two-time US Open winner
Tracy Austin

"Andy Murray is playing very well and I think he feels very comfortable on the grass now. The fact that Lopez is a lefty will help him. Andy is playing confident tennis and he is in a really good place in his career."

ANDREW CASTLE, BBC tennis commentator

"Three sets to Murray, 7-5 7-6 6-2, with Lopez fading dramatically as Murray picks up the pace, with an eruption from the crowd as Andy makes another semi-final."


"I think the key thing in the whole match will be Murray's return of the Lopez serve on the backhand side. So far Lopez has served 100 aces, and you can guarantee that he will serve 15 -20 more, but if he serves 25-30 Murray could be in trouble."

JOHN LLOYD, Former Australian Open finalist
John Lloyd

"I think Murray will win and I think it will be reasonably comfortable. Murray might drop a set, but only if Lopez serves incredibly well. Murray seems to be running into form just at the right time."

CLARE BALDING, Radio 5 live presenter

"Lopez is a great opponent for Murray and he couldn't have picked a better draw. Andy will prove himself the player we've always known he can be."

ANDREW COTTER, BBC commentator

"It could be very tough for Murray. Lopez is in good form, especially if he gets his serve going, although it didn't work very well in his last match against Kubot. But I do think Lopez will be tired from that five-set match and I think that could help Murray. If Andy plays the way he did against Gasquet I think he'll come through."

NIGEL CLARKE, Daily Express

"Lopez in five sets. The Spaniard is a very dangerous player with big shots. He destroyed Andy Roddick here with his serves, hitting something like 28 aces. If he plays like that against Murray then the Scot will be in a lot of trouble. It is a big test for Murray and I just have this feeling that Lopez will win. I hope my feeling is wrong."


"I think Murray will win but in four sets. Murray is playing well but he's got a great record against Lopez and I see that continuing on Wednesday."


"Murray to beat Lopez in four sets. I think Murray is hitting his best form of the tournament. Lopez is different to other Spanish players and a good grass-court player but I feel Murray will be too much for him."

MIKE DICKSON, The Daily Mail

"I'm going to be bold and say Murray in straight sets. Lopez is capable of taking a set off him but he needs to be 100% prepared and I make Murray a strong favourite. Lopez did beat Tim Henman here and is a good left-hander but I would be very surprised if Murray lost."


The above people were talking to Paul Birch and Sam Holden.

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