Wimbledon Preview; A Federer Slam Before it Even Starts

 

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The grass court grand slam is just around the corner and we’re back again to talk about who could be taking home the Wimbledon trophy this year. We have a stacked men’s and women’s lineup but you won’t find many different opinions in the Tennis media about which male player will win. The stars certainly seem to be aligned for Roger Federer to dominate this slam. The women’s side, again without Serena, looks to be anyone’s guess but we have narrowed down a few frontrunners for you to watch for. Let’s dive deeper into the two sides.

 

ATP

Roger Federer took some time off (missing the French Open) to help prepare for this tournament. This was a wise decision as I suspect he knew Rafa was too hot during the clay season to beat him in Paris. Now he is well rested, healthy, and most importantly, his opponents are in rough shape. There is no doubt we will be getting a Nadal vs Murray, Djokovic vs Federer semifinal matchup, but none of the big four will be any match for a Roger playing at this caliber. Murray looks to have a pesky hip injury, Djokovic is playing not great this season, and from the interviews, Nadal doesn’t sound all that confident. I believe we are due for another Nadal vs Federer final like Australia with Roger winning in 4. Other dark horses to watch would be Zverev, Stan, and Dimitrov.

WTA

Your first question when looking at the women might be could Ostapenko win a second slam in a row? It is not entirely out of the realm of possibility. Her playing and mental state in Paris was extraordinary and she will be a strong opponent to beat. Pliskova should have a relatively easy path to the semis so your money would be good with her as well as Halep. Radwanska has not been reliable this season and her grass playing is not someone to look optimistically at. A couple of Americans might put up good numbers with Keys and CiCi Bellis. With how the others have been playing I would say do not look beyond these players to win Wimbledon this year. A dark horse to watch however would be Caroline Garcia.

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