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The defending champion will be less than thrilled to kick off his title defence against a seriously difficult opponent, Philip Kohlschreiber. His play translates well on grass, and while it’s difficult to see him winning, it’s an uncomfortable start for Djokovic.
From there, things get much more straight forward. Tomic can’t hurt him, and Djokovic will easily handle the serve of Anderson and either Isner or Cilic in the section below him. Nishikori, if healthy, may be able to slide into the fourth round, but doesn’t pose a serious threat to Djokovic either. Pretty straight forward stuff for the defending champ.
Quarterfinal Prediction – N. Djokovic vs J. Isner
It’s tough to know how well Stan could do here. I touched on this in my brief Periscope talk (hey, follow me there too. Fun!) that while Stan’s power is rewarded on grass, the ball just doesn’t sit up for him like he would prefer, particularly on his backhand side. All that said, he has an incredibly nice draw – perks of being the four seed. He should make the quarterfinals easily.
With all of that said, the bottom part of this section could feature two incredibly juicy third round matches – Dimitrov vs Gasquet and Raonic vs Kyrgios. Yum. I loved what I saw from Raonic during Queen’s, and mostly just thought he got tired. His decision making was quite sound, and the things you worry about him losing from missing time, particularly his net game, looked around where they need to be. Here’s hoping for a Dimitrov/Raonic match in the fourth round. Always a blast.
Quarterfinal Prediction – S. Wawrinka vs M. Raonic
Another quarter, another great draw for the top seed in it. Let’s be honest – the only real threat in this section to Murray is Nadal. Tsonga has been injured – there were rumours of him skipping Wimbledon – and it’s hard to see him being fit enough to outlast Murray in five sets. Look for the return of Ivo Karlovic in the fourth round.
As for Nadal, it’s nothing but good news. He has a long list of very beatable players with pretty minor names like Troicki or Pospisil that could be any sort of minor threat. In other words, it’s nearly impossible to imagine Murray/Nadal not happening in the quarterfinals. If I could somehow bet on that, I probably would.
Side note – I really hope Dustin Brown vs. Yen-Hsun Lu is put on a show court. Two wildly different but incredibly entertaining players on grass. That should be a must watch match – seriously. (The winner plays Nadal. Single tear.)
Quarterfinal Prediction – A. Murray vs R. Nadal
Could a quarter be filled with any more unpredictable players? Fed has a bunch of players that likely will not beat him but could cause him some fits, Feli, Sock and Querrey. The other side features another trio of excellent, yet unpredictable players in Berdych, Simon and Monfils.
Simon looked excellent in Queens, though he does love to lose randomly and horribly early in slams at times. Ditto for Berdych. This section is likely to produce some fun matches – especially if Simon and Monfils can happen – but its tough to really see who could come through to beat Federer.
Quarterfinal Prediction – R. Federer vs G. Simon
Semifinal Predictions – N. Djokovic vs M. Raonic, A. Murray vs R. Federer
Final Prediction – N. Djokovic vs Andy Murray
Champion – Andy Murray