The first day of Wimbledon is full of exciting matchups.
There's nothing like starting the tournament off with a bang. I expect a lot of close matches and some upsets, as well.
Each day I will go through and make some picks of some of the top matches of the day.
Here's my picks for Monday, June 25.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero
Ferrero has played well at Wimbledon in the past. I think he will push Djokovic, but in the end I think Djokovic will simply have too much game for Ferrero.
Winner: Djokovic in four sets
David Nalbandian vs. No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic
How will Nalbandian respond after his episode in last week's Aegon Championships final? He has a serious shot against Tipsarevic, but I have to wonder what is his frame of mind.
For now I will say he will handle it well.
Winner: Nalbandian in five sets
Kim Clijsters vs. No. 18 Jelena Jankovic
This should be a great match. Clijsters pulled out of a tournament this past week with an injury, but I think that was just as a precaution. Jankovic has struggled for a couple of years now.
Winner: Clijsters in three sets
Venus Williams vs. Elena Vesnina
Vesnina is a dangerous opponent for Williams. She is a good doubles player and enjoys playing on grass. At the end of the day Venus will be too good.
Winner: Williams in three sets
Carla Suarez Navarro vs. No. 5 Sam Stosur
Stosur hasn't had the best results on grass during her career. This should be a very tricky match for her, but I think she will pull it out.
Winner: Stosur in three sets
No. 11 Li Na vs. Ksenia Pervak
I think Li will either have a really good tournament or a really poor one. Pervak did really well here last year and could pull off the upset.
Winner: Na in three sets
Ryan Harrison vs. Yen-Hsun Lu
A very tough first-round match for Harrison. Lu has done well here in the past, including a win over Andy Roddick. I think Harrison will bring his A game.
Winner: Harrison in four sets
No. 26 Mikhail Youzhny vs. Donald Young
Young has been on quite the losing streak lately. He has a chance—albeit not a very good one—to end it here at Wimbledon.
Winner: Youzhny in four sets
Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. No. 13 Giles Simon
A battle of the Frenchmen. This should be a very close and entertaining match. Simon is the favorite, and I think he will squeak this one out.
Winner: Simon in five sets
No. 12 Vera Zvonareva vs. Mona Barthel
Zvonareva has been hurt, and there was some question as to whether she would even play. Barthel has been in a bad slump, so something has to give.
Winner: Barthel in three sets.
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