The Biggest Obstacle for All the Top Seeds at Wimbledon 2014

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The Biggest Obstacle for All the Top Seeds at Wimbledon 2014
Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press
Roger Federer prepares to hit a backhand slice during his first-round match at Wimbledon.

Unlike last year, when top-ranked players stumbled early, the top five seeds in the men's and women's draws pushed through to the third round at the Wimbledon Championships.

Each top-seed has potential road blocks in their path to a title. Maria Sharapova has Serena Williams in her quarter of the draw. Roger Federer has grumpy old Father Time and a bunch of "youngins" trying to force him into retirement. 

There's always something, or somebody standing in the way.

Champions find a way to overcome. And this year, the top tier is full of champions. Eight of the ten top seeds are Grand Slam winners. 

If asked about opponents down the road, most of them would probably issue the standard "one match at a time" response. Yet, even if they truly never look ahead, obstacles await them. 





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