Wimbledon 2013: Juiciest Potential Matchups at All England Club
With the 2013 Wimbledon Championships in full swing, it's time to start looking ahead.
Despite Rafael Nadal's shocking first-round loss on Day 1 at the All England Club, there are still plenty of stars alive in both the men's and women's draws, as well as a number of juicy matchups potentially in store for tennis fans.
Here we'll look into the future, highlighting a trio of second-week showdowns that would have fans drooling.
Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Tomas Berdych (7), Men's Quarterfinal
Tomas Berdych has lost many more times than he's won against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, but the Czech picked up the most memorable win of his career against the Serb, beating him at SW19 three years ago.
In 2013, the top-ranked men could meet in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time since Berdych's shocking straight-sets win over Djokovic in the 2010 Wimbledon semis.
How many sets would Berdych win vs. Djokovic?
Berdych advanced to the men's final that year but wound up losing to Rafael Nadal. It remains his best-ever finish at a Grand Slam event.
In Djokovic's and Berdych's most recent matchup, the 27-year-old Czech had the last laugh, taking out Nole in three sets at the Rome Masters. The result begs the question: Could he end Djokovic's Wimbledon journey for the second time in four years?
While history shows that Djokovic has dominated Berdych in head-to-head matches, a majority of their meetings have come on the hard court, where Djokovic has claimed five of his six career Grand Slam titles. Berdych won their only grass-court meeting, and at 6'5", has the size, power and precision to upend the 2011 champion.
Although it has been overshadowed by Federer-Nadal over the years, Roger Federer vs. Andy Murray has been one of the best and most competitive rivalries in men's tennis in recent years.
This summer at Wimbledon, the two superstars could clash in the semifinals. The meeting would be their first since the 2013 Australian Open semifinals back in January. Murray won that match in five hard-fought sets.
Murray has won three of the past four meetings with Federer, but lost to him in the Wimbledon men's final here a year ago, coming unraveled after winning the first set.
With Murray attempting to overcome the curse of Fred Perry, and Federer looking to become the greatest men's champion in the history of the All England Club with an eighth career title, this semifinal showdown could possibly be the match of the tournament.
As far as the women's draw is concerned this summer, a majority of tennis fans are looking forward to one potential match in particular: A championship rematch between rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.
While their head-to-head rivalry has become one-sided over the years, recent controversy brought about by comments made by Williams about Sharapova has added some sizzle.
The off-court drama would only boost the anticipation of a potential championship match between the two stars on Centre Court. Sharapova would still be a mighty underdog, but keep in mind that she won her first career major by taking out Serena in straight sets at Wimbledon way back in 2004.
It would be interesting to see whether Williams' comments give Sharapova enough motivation to end her drought against the world No. 1.
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