Tuesday Tennis

With the Wimbledon draws being revealed in just three days, we’ll do a little preview before the draw comes out today.

The first thing that jumps out is Andy Murray’s historic victory in London. Sure the field was depleted, but it’s been 71 years since any British player won on home soil. Murray may be the second favorite to Wimbledon, but how will he handle the pressure of an entire nation resting on his shoulders? Give him props for his victory in Queens, but James Blake really laid down for him, as usual. Come on Blake, you don’t believe you can beat Murray now too? Add him to the list of players you’ll never beat because you don’t believe in yourself.

Another big thing to take away from this tournament is Andy Roddick’s injury. Is it serious? We hope not because Roddick was looking like a great dark horse choice to win Wimbledon this year. Roddick’s serve has been on fire, his fitness allows him to chase more balls, and his new reverse forehand allows him to stay in more points. He should be trouble for anyone in the field who is not named Roger Federer.

Speaking of Fed, he goes in as the overwhelming favorite since Rafael Nadal’s health is still questionable, and Novak Djokovic has kind of hit a wall lately. First, his uninspired loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber at the French, now a loss to Tommy Haas in the final of Halle. Not exactly the type of momentum, we’re looking at to consider him a contender.

Speaking of poor momentum, Fernando Verdasco has made his second early exit in a grass tournament in as many weeks. Look for him to get bounced early in Wimbledon pending his draw.

Now that Juan Martin del Potro has broken through to a grand slam semifinal, will he be able to make the next step? It’s hard to know considering he didn’t enter any grass court warm up tournaments, but then again, neither did Mr. Federer or Nadal.


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