Hello tennis fans, a warm welcome to you! I’ve not posted for a while… I’m still in Ghana for another 8 weeks, so I haven’t been able to watch any of the events of SW19, (or any of the tour for that matter) but I’ll give you guys my two cents worth anyway. I’m kind like that.
In terms of upsets there haven’t been many in the first week, only Stanimal crashing to Medvedev, but honestly that isn’t much of an upset anyway as Daniil is very talented and Stan has never been particularly comfortable on the grass. The way the last 32 is shaping up, the top seeds are on a collision course and that’s all very exciting. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were always going to sharpen up for Wimbledon and their next rounds will be interesting indeed as they face their first tests in the respective head-cases of Fognini and Lord Gulbis. Anything could happen, normally I’d be saying straight sets for the two champions, but 2017 has been strange indeed for both.
As for Fedal: with Rafa we’re none the wiser, he’s beaten Millman and Young which is about as good a draw as you can get in a slam. Kachanov will offer actual grass court game to Rafa in his next match, but of course Rafa is full of confidence, unbeaten since Rome. Roger it seems is nervous, and I can’t blame him. This could well be his last chance to break one of the oldest records in tennis (William Renshaw anyone?) and it’s looking like he’ll have to beat two of Rafa, Nole and Andy to seal the deal. That’s a huge ask, as well as quality grass players like Mischa Zverev and Dimitrov before even the quarters. So this men’s singles title is about as open as it’s been in years, although if Roger can execute I still think it’s his. Just. Which is why he’s feeling the good old nerves.
There’s three more guys I need to talk about though: Marin Cilic, yet to lose a set and is currently two sets up on Steve Johnson, has serious grass court game and could meet Rafa in the quarters, where if he’s aggressive and on his game he could make some noise. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is fresh and has plenty of experience of Centre Court, plus he has a decent draw with the potential to face Murray in the last 8. Then there’s Alex Zverev, due a big run in a slam, who will fancy his chances to beat a slightly off the pace Raonic and potentially meet Federer in the quarters. The grass at SW19 is slower than Halle so it would give Zverev more of a foot-hold. So basically the quarter finals this year could be incredible… a shame I won’t be seeing anything!
Here’s my third round predictions:
- Murray def. Fognini 3 sets
- Paire def. Janowicz 5 sets
- Tsonga def. Querrey 4 sets
- Anderson def. Bemelmans 3 sets
- Nadal def. Kachanov 3 sets
- Muller def. Bedene 3 sets
- Bautista-Agut def. Nishikori 5 sets
- Cilic def. Johnson 3 sets
- Raonic def. Ramos-Vinolas 4 sets
- A Zverev def. Ofner 3 sets
- Dimitrov def. Sela 3 sets
- Federer def. M Zverev 4 sets
- Thiem def. Donaldson 3 sets
- Berdych def. Ferrer 5 sets
- Monfils def. Mannarino 3 sets
- Djokovic def. Gulbis 4 sets
Can Roger pass Sampras and Renshaw? I think he will, but there’ll be a couple of five-setters. Perhaps a Federer-Murray final. Djokovic though only needs to rediscover his extra gear and it could well be his. So Fed and Nole are my one-two pick. Let me know what you think, and how much you’re enjoying the celebration of tennis that is Wimbledon. 🙂
P.S. The thumbnail pic is of your resident Toto back home in 2013. 🍓🎾