Williams-Kerber And Federer-Nadal Are The Two Most Probable Finals
While most of the top women have already been eliminated during week one of competition, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have looked impressive so far.
WIMBLEDON – One of the oldest traditions at the Wimbledon Championships requires no play during the tournament’s middle Sunday. While the Doherty Gates are closed to give the grass courts some rest before all 16 fourth round matches will take place on Manic Monday, we can recap what happened during the first week of competition.
The women’s tournament has certainly been a rollercoaster ride so far. Nine of the first ten seeds have already been eliminated. The most probable final should be between No. 25-seeded Serena Williams and No. 11-seeded Angelique Kerber. Serena will face the outsider Rodina in the round of 16 and eventually the winner of the Giorgi-Makarova clash in the quarter-finals.
In the men’s tournament, a final between No. 1-seeded Roger Federer and No. 2-seeded Rafael Nadal is even more probable. Marin Cilic and Borna Coric were supposed to be Roger’s biggest threats on his way to the final, but both Croatians were sent home packing in the early rounds. The Swiss superstar will face Adrian Mannarino of France in the round of 16. Mannarino should be a fairly easy opponent for Roger, while the winner of the match between Gael Monfils of France and Kevin Anderson of South Africa should represent a more complicated test in the quarter-finals.
In the semifinals, Roger will probably face one of the two tallest guys on tour, either John Isner standing at 6′ 10″ or Milos Raonic at 6′ 5″. Raonic upset Federer in the semis two years ago, when Roger was suffering from a knee injury that forced him to undergo surgery and take a six month break from competition.
In the bottom half the draw, Rafael Nadal will face Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic. Vesely – who is also 6′ 5″ tall – eliminated Fabio Fognini of Italy with an incredible serving display in the round of 32, but Rafa will certainly return much better than the Italian. In the quarter-finals, Nadal is supposed to face his toughest challenge against Juan Martin Del Potro. Looming in Rafa’s side of the draw is also a rejuvenated Novak Djokovic, who should emerge from the quarter with Khachanov, Nishikori and Gulbis and face the Spaniard in the semifinals.
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