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Wimbledon 2017 Preview & Picks — Featuring Tennis-Pulse!

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We’ve teamed up with Tennis-Pulse to bring you a preview of this year’s edition of Wimbledon. Three of us and three of them have answered some brief questions regarding the tournament, and the answers will be listed down below. They provide quality content, including live coverage of all of the most important matches. Enjoy, and make sure to check them out!

 

Neil Cranston

Wimbledon WinnerRoger Federer

Last year a knee injury put a hold to Federer’s search for glory at SW19. In 2014 and 2015, Djokovic stood in the way. This year, none of these things are likely to bother the Swiss. If Federer finds his spring form, he’s my favorite to lift the trophy.

 

 Upset AlertNovak Djokovic

An accepted wildcard to Eastbourne screams panic. A confident Djokovic doesn’t need tune ups – in fact he hasn’t played a grass tournament prior to Wimbledon in seven years. On grass you need the margins on your side and chances are he won’t find his rhythm in time.

 

Dark Horse (Unseeded)Jerzy Janowicz

Who doesn’t remember Janowicz’s run to the Wimbledon semifinals four years ago? While he might never reach those kinds of heights ever again, he’s been dealt a kind draw that could carry him far if he finds anything close to his best form.

 

Luca D’Amico-Wong

 Wimbledon Winner — Andy Murray

Partly because of my fear of jinxing Federer, I’m giving this one to Murray. He hasn’t played well all season, but he steps it up here in London, and barring a Fognini/Kyrgios attitude adjustment, he shouldn’t have much to worry about until the semifinals.

 

Upset Alert — Rafael Nadal

Rafa will have to face at least a couple of big servers – the young Russian, Khachanov, and most likely one of Karlovic or Muller, including a deadly QF match with Cilic. He’s struggled with these “servebots” in the past, and I see no reason why that will change.

 

Dark Horse (Unseeded) — Kevin Anderson

The South African stands at a whopping 6’ 8”, and his massive serve poses a huge threat here on the grass. He almost took out Novak two years ago, and a relatively weak section with Wawrinka and Tsonga means I can see him getting to the quarters.

 

 

Shuvam Chakraborty

Wimbledon Winner — Roger Federer

Federer was born to play on grass, and even at this age, he has the most natural grass game of anyone in the draw as he showed in Halle. Add to that Djokovic’s slump, Murray’s injuries, and Nadal’s grass woes, and the stars align in favor of the Swiss.

 

Upset Alert — Novak Djokovic

Despite the Eastbourne win, I don’t expect Djokovic to break out of his slump here. His section has players like Lopez, who won Queens and has the variety to trouble Djokovic on this surface, and Thiem who humiliated him in Paris. Look for Djokovic to go down before the potential date with Federer.

 

Dark Horse (Unseeded) — Andrey Rublev

Rublev, the extremely talented but inconsistent nineteen year old, has a game made for grass with a huge forehand. He impressively made it through qualifying, and he has a nice draw. The big seed in his section is Raonic, but the Canadian has struggled all year. This could be where Rublev begins his ascent to the top of the game.

 

Étienne Giguère-Allard

Wimbledon WinnerRoger Federer

Roger has had a tremendous 2017 so far, and he is about to play his favourite tournament. Over the year, he bounced back from his losses in a stunning fashion and is not likely to be upset in a best-of-5 match against a weaker opponent. I suspect him to be highly motivated and as arguably the greatest grass court player of all time, I would not put my money against him at Wimbledon this year.

 

Upset AlertKei Nishikori

The Japanese player has never made it past the 4th round here at Wimbledon, and he just had to retire from his only match on grass of the year in Halle against Karen Khachanov. I do not see him reaching the second week at Wimbledon this year, and he could be upset in the early rounds, especially in the second round where he will face a strong grass opponent in Benneteau or Stakhovsky.

 

Dark Horse (Unseeded)Kevin Anderson

The South African will meet Fernando Verdasco in the first round. He’s already beaten him here once in 2016. That win would open up the draw for him until the fourth round, where he could meet Stan Wawrinka. Anderson also has a 1-0 record against Stan on grass and a total record of 4-5. Stan isn’t exactly suited for the grass, so Anderson should have a great shot at winning that match. Even if he does not face the most accessible opponents in the draw, he could end up having a strong showing at Wimbledon this year.

 

Yoeri Nieuwland

Wimbledon Winner — Roger Federer

It’s hard to pass by Federer on grass even when he’s having a subpar year. But this year it’s quite the contrary. Losing to Haas in Stuttgart could’ve set in a downward spiral, but in the other part of Germany in Halle, he set the record straight while breaking it with a 9th title. Whenever the man is confident, the ball becomes his servant. Everything flows form his serve on the lively surface. If he serves well I see no reason why he should lose. Who’s going to be upset?  Unseeded player who could have a deep run?

 

Upset Alert — Andy Murray

As the no. 1, it will always be an upset in whichever round you lose. But Andy seemed to have paid the price with injuries and loss of form for getting to the top of the mountain late last year. Nevertheless, he’s the defending champion, and he could get on a roll if the high expectations from the British crowd and press don’t become too heavy for him. Losing to ‘lucky loser’ Jordan Thompson at Queen’s just isn’t a good omen.

 

Dark Horse (Unseeded) — Robin Haase

Not just proclaiming this as a Dutchie myself. Going down the list, his name is the one that stands out for me. He has been steadily climbing up the rankings and is now back in the top 40. He reached the quarters in Halle where he beat Thiem and lost to Gasquet in an exciting match. He also beat grass specialist Mahut in Eastbourne. His game suits the surface albeit his movement is not always easy on the eyes. But remember, he took Rafa to five sets a couple of years ago. Give him a big stage and he starts to shine!

 

 

Keshav Gopalan

Wimbledon Winner —  Roger Federer

He reinvented his game, especially his backhand, the results of which are evident with the wins in the Australian Open and grabbing the Sunshine Double. Only two losses have consolidated how well he’s been playing, and an eighth Wimbledon seems eminent.

 

Upset Alert — Novak Djokovic

Sure, he’s won Eastbourne, but his form this season has been extremely erratic (Case in point: Rome). He faces Del Potro for the fourth time this year in the third round, and I have no doubt he’ll be upset by him.

 

Dark Horse (Unseeded) — Tommy Haas/Kevin Anderson

Anderson has had a great 2017 so far, having come back after being sidelined for a year. Haas is playing his last season and has had a win over Federer. His movement is lacklustre, but I have no doubt that he’ll play well. They’re touted to play in the third round, and I won’t be surprised if it goes to five sets.

 

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Luca D'Amico-Wong

Ardent Federer fan who enjoys writing about sports and games. Writer for Courtside Watch, SBNation, Forza Italian Football, SoccerNews, and Clash Royale Tactics. Did I mention that I love Federer?

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