Wimbledon Tennis 2013: Longshots With Best Chance to Reach Finals

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Wimbledon Tennis 2013: Longshots With Best Chance to Reach Finals
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With Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova all bounced from the men and women's draw at Wimbledon, the path to the finals for the remaining high seeds may be even easier.

While that concept certainly makes sense assuming players like Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray don't slip up, the upset bug may not be done biting victims at the All England Club.

Based on the current shape of the brackets, the following longshots have the best chance to break through to the finals.

 

No. 24: Jerzy Janowicz

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The towering 6'8" Polish serve and volleyer has a style suited for the grass courts of Wimbledon. He's 22 years old, and this is just his second trip to the All England Club. In 2012, he reached the third round, so his improvement from last year isn't all that unexpected.

Chris Oddo of Fan Child sums up Janowicz's big-man approach:

If he can beat Jurgen Melzer on Monday and then knock off the winner of the Lukasz Kubot/Adrian Mannarino match, he could meet No. 2 seed and crowd favorite Murray in the semifinals.

Needless to say, that would be Janowicz's toughest obstacle. If he can continue to play well, he has a chance to have a breakout performance in London.

 

No. 17: Sloane Stephens

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Stephens reached the semifinals at the Australian Open in January and may be ready for a deep run at Wimbledon.

Azarenka and Sharapova's absence from the bottom portion of the women's bracket helps Stephens' chances, but she could still face a very tough challenge from Petra Kvitova in the semifinals—if she even makes it that far.

Stephens has struggled in her last two matches at Wimbledon. She's been pushed to three sets in both of them, and she'll need to be better to reach the finals and a potentially epic clash with Williams.

Even Stephens knows she's had to "survive" some tough battles thus far:

 

Unseeded: Bernard Tomic

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The 20-year-old Australian has always been seen as expressly talented and a potential star of the future. His brashness has made him a bit unlikable for some, but he's quietly playing very well.

He's knocked off two seeded players en route to his berth in the Round of 16 (Sam Querrey and Richard Gasquet). Though he has a tough draw with Tomas Berdych on Monday, this could be the year he backs up his bravado with results.

If he does reach the finals, he will have earned his spot in a major way. If he beats Berdych, Tomic will likely draw world No. 1 Djokovic in the quarterfinals. If he pulls the stunning upset over Djoker, the most likely semifinal opponent would be David Ferrer or Juan Martin del Potro.

Tomic will need to draw from this Nike tweet to reach the finals:

With three potentially huge tests in his way, Tomic has the opportunity and talent to turn the corner in his still young career.

 

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