2013 Wimbledon Winners: Week 1

Jeffrey RuthFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2013

2013 Wimbledon Winners: Week 1

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    The winners of Wimbledon 2013 have arrived.

    How could this be?  It is only middle Sunday, as the British call it, the pause between the opening action and the serious drama of Week 2.  The champion has yet to be discovered, much less enthroned.  So, winners?

    Among the bulk of players on tour, the Grand Slams remain rationally out of reach. The real goal of each week is to improve one's ranking.  This is done simply.  A player only has to improve upon his performance this year at a tournament, compared to last year's result.  Each round offers ranking points, and ranking points cumulatively equate to tour-ranking placement.

    Tomas Berdych sums it up best, as quoted by the official Wimbledon website, "Really, I mean, I need to focus for myself, not what the others are doing."

    Here are the players who have gained the most ground thus far at the 2013 Wimbledon tournament, based upon ranking points gained and estimated tour-ranking advancement.

No. 6 Tomas Berdych

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    Tomas Berdych has the most to lose in this short list of players because he has the highest ranking.  Things are always quite tight and nervy at the top.  He has a great opportunity, too.  Like many of these players, he lost in the first round of last year's tournament.  Even as the first week comes to a close, the Czech must sense his chances at solidifying his ranking.

    As of middle Sunday, Berdych has reached the fourth round.

    Here is the breakdown:

    • Last year's result: first-round loss to Ernests Gulbis 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-7 (4)
    • Last year's points at Wimbledon: 10
    • This year's points at Wimbledon (thus far): 180
    • Current ATP Tour rank: 6
    • Projected rank: 6

No. 5 Tommy Haas

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    Tommy Haas is looking to make a run at an ATP Tour top-10 ranking.  The easiest way to do this is to improve upon last year's Wimbledon result.  His success to this point should find him moving within striking distance of his goal, if not actually to it.

    Even his next opponent, top-seeded Novak Djokovic, senses his renewal, saying Haas is "playing maybe his best tennis ever," according to Greg Garber of ESPN.com.

    As of middle Sunday, Haas has reached the fourth round.

    Here is the breakdown:

    • Last year's result: first-round loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (5), 6-7 (1), 2-6
    • Last year's points at Wimbledon: 10
    • This year's points at Wimbledon (thus far): 180
    • Current ATP Tour rank: 13
    • Projected rank: 11

No. 4 Andreas Seppi

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    Andreas Seppi has overcome his perennial Wimbledon jinx.  His work this year should reward him well.  By ensuring himself a spot in the second week in London, Seppi can find a way into the top 20.  Unlike many of the opponents in this year's draw, he has really found his footing on the grass courts.

    Why stop here?  With so much to gain, next week could be bright for him, come rain or shine. 

    As of middle Sunday, Seppi has reached the fourth round.

    Here is the breakdown:

    • Last year's result: first-round loss to Denis Istomin 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-8
    • Last year's points at Wimbledon: 10
    • This year's points at Wimbledon (thus far): 180
    • Current ATP Tour rank: 28
    • Projected rank: 22

No. 3 Ivan Dodig

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    After last year's loss at Wimbledon, Ivan Dodig has struggled to remain in the top 50 on the ATP Tour.  That will change.  With a few wins under his belt this week, he could eclipse his career-high ranking.

    According to the official tour website, Dodig's favorite shot is the serve.  Renewed attention to that favorite will indeed serve him well as he looks to advance on the speedy grass. 

    As of middle Sunday, Dodig has reached the fourth round.

    Here is the breakdown:

    • Last year's result: first-round loss to Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (0), 5-7
    • Last year's points at Wimbledon: 10
    • This year's points at Wimbledon (thus far): 180
    • Current ATP Tour rank: 49
    • Projected rank: 39

No. 2 Bernard Tomic

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    Australia's Bernard Tomic is another player looking to break into the top 50.  His performance during the first week assures that.  In fact, with one more win, he may yet see the top 40.

    Seventh-seed Tomas Berdych is his next opponent, but despite the disparity, their head-to-head is 0-0.  Look for a spirited engagement as both of these players look to continue this year's winning ways.

    As of middle Sunday, Tomic has reached the fourth round.

    Here is the breakdown:

    • Last year's result: first-round loss to David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 4-6
    • Last year's points at Wimbledon: 10
    • This year's points at Wimbledon (thus far): 180
    • Current ATP Tour rank: 59
    • Projected rank: 42

No. 1 Adrian Mannarino

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    Adrian Mannarino is Wimbledon's big winner this week.  Despite being gifted a walkover by American John Isner in the second round, the Frenchman has turned in some strong performances.  His 100-plus ranking will not last long.

    What makes him the most notable thus far?  He didn't lose in the first round last year. He lost before that.  Jesse Levine defeated Mannarino in the opening round of the qualifying tournament 10-8 in the third set.

    As of middle Sunday, Mannarino has reached the fourth round.

    Here is the breakdown:

    • Last year's result: first-round qualifier loss to Jesse Levine 3-6, 6-2, 8-10
    • Last year's points at Wimbledon: 0
    • This year's points at Wimbledon (thus far): 180
    • Current ATP Tour rank: 111
    • Projected rank: 74