French Open 2014: Predicting Players Who Will Rebound at Wimbledon

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IJune 9, 2014

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts as he plays Latvia's Ernests Gulbis during their fourth round match of  the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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For Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova, the 2014 French Open went swimmingly. Both secured their perch atop the clay throne on the men's and women's sides, with Nadal retaining his title as the "King of Clay."

As for every other player, the tournament ended in disappointment with a loss in Roland Garros. Even for Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep, both of whom made it to the final, leaving Paris without the crown was heartbreaking.

Things were so bad for Djokovic that he didn't even receive the correct trophy after his crushing loss.

While Djokovic and Halep left without the title, several players didn't even sniff at the trophy. Two of the greatest players in the world were dismissed early on, but both have a great shot at bouncing back at Wimbledon.


Roger Federer

No active player has more wins at Wimbledon than Roger Federer. With one more win in London, no current or former player would have as many as Federer's eight titles at the famed court.

But after a loss to Ernests Gulbis in the fourth round at the French Open, questions about Federer's chances at another major once again surfaced.

Rather than focusing on the loss, Federer already turned his attention to winning the elusive eighth Wimbledon title. The Swiss player spoke about his approach following the loss, per Danielle Rossingh of Bloomberg:

A lot of regrets here now. But Gulbis did a good job of hanging around, and clearly coming back in that second set was crucial for him. It was a tough match and I’m disappointed I lost it.

... Mentally I have already switched to the grass, to be quite honest. For me, it’s like, OK, clay court season was fun, but we are moving on. Clay doesn’t need me anymore, I got flushed out here.

With a great history in London and a good year thus far outside of the two Grand Slam tournaments, Federer will play much better at Wimbledon. Whether or not he'll steal another title away from a player like Nadal, Djokovic or Murray is a completely different story for the 32-year-old.


Serena Williams

Outside of possibly Li Na or Stanislas Wawrinka, no other notable player had a worse tournament in Paris than Serena Williams.

The defending French Open champion was dismissed in the second round in straight sets. Not only was it a disappointing loss, it was the worst of her career. Williams shared her thoughts following the loss, via Barry Flatman of BBC and Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times:

Needless to say, she is none too happy with her performances in Grand Slams.

But heading to Wimbledon, Williams should once again be at home at the court where she's won five of her 17 Grand Slam titles. Douglas Robson of USA Today provides a look back at the last time Williams was upset early in the French Open:

When Williams was bounced in the first round of the 2012 French Open, she stormed back by winning Wimbledon, Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles and the U.S. Open. She lost once in 32 matches.

Two years on, the top-ranked American finds herself in a similar position. The defending French Open champ suffered her worst loss in a major when she managed to win four games against Garbine Muguruza in the second round.

Heading to a court where she is clearly more than comfortable, expect Williams to rebound in a big way later this month at Wimbledon. While she'll have to contend with Sharapova and a slew of other top contenders, Williams might just have what it takes to reclaim the throne.


Stanislas Wawrinka

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After winning the Australian Open, Wawrinka somehow managed to do the exact opposite at Roland Garros.

The Swiss No. 1 was bounced in the first round and came away with just one set win at the French Open. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez posted one of the biggest upsets of the tournament as Wawrinka finished with an astonishing 67 unforced errors through four sets.

Wawrinka has never advanced past the fourth round at Wimbledon. But with just one win to his name in Grand Slams, the Swiss player is hardly expected to win another in London this season.

If Wawrinka can at least reach the quarterfinals or semifinals in the third major tournament of the year, it would be considered a huge improvement from his showing in Roland Garros.


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