Wimbledon 2014: Day 1 Schedule, Matchups, Predictions for London Bracket

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21:  Andy Murray of Great Britain in action in a practice session during previews for Wimbledon Championships at Wimbledon on June 21, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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While names like Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova continue to rest atop the tennis landscape, the journey to crowning recent Grand Slam winners has been anything but predictable—meaning the 2014 iteration of the Wimbledon Championships will provide more classic action. 

The fixture of each calendar season in London always draws the sport's top names, but does not always see the usual suspects emerge from the grass courts as winners of the bracket (Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli won in 2013).

The 128th Wimbledon kicks off on Monday, and if recent events like the French Open are any indication, fans won't want to miss out on the opening round this time.

Let's take a look at the complete Day 1 info.

2014 Wimbledon Day 1 Schedule
DateTime (ET) Round WatchLive Stream
June 227:00 am - 11:30FirstESPNWatch ESPN
June 2211:30 am - 4:00 pmFirstESPNewsWatch ESPN
June 222:00 pm - 3:30 pmFirstESPN2Watch ESPN

Note: Tournament can be viewed online at WatchESPN.

2014 Wimbledon Day 1 Matchups
Women's Bracket
Player 1 Player 2 Court Predicted Winner
Paula Kaniavs.Na LiCentre CourtNa Li
Victoria Azarenka vs.Mirjana Lucic-Baroni No. 1Victoria Azarenka
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor vs.Venus WilliamsNo. 2Venus Williams
Andreea Mitu vs.Agnieszka RadwanskaNo. 2Andreea Mitu
Yanina Wickmayervs.Samantha StosurNo. 3Samantha Stosur
Petra Kvitova vs.Andrea HlavackovaNo. 3Petra Kvitova
Johanna Kontavs.Shuai PengNo. 12Johanna Konta
Caroline Wozniackivs.Shahar Peer No. 12Caroline Wozniacki
Sloane Stephensvs.Maria Kirilenko No. 18Sloane Stephens
Svetlana Kuznetsovavs.Michelle Larcher De Brito No. 18Svetlana Kuznetsova
Mona Barthel vs.Romina Oprandi No. 8Romina Oprandi
Naomi Broadyvs.Timea BabosNo. 16Naomi Broady
Sara Errani vs.Caroline GarciaNo. 16Sara Errani
Kimiko Date-Krumm vs.Ekaterina MakarovaNo. 17Ekaterina Makarova
Kurumi Nara vs.Anna-Lena FriedsamNo. 17Kurumi Nara
Elena Vesnina vs.Patricia Mayr-Achleitner No. 4Elena Vesnina
Jana Cepelovavs.Flavia PennettaNo. 4Jana Cepelova
Stefanie Voegele vs.Jarmila GajdosovaNo. 5Stefanie Voegele
Tereza Smitkovavs.Su-Wei HsiehNo. 5Tereza Smitkova
Ana Konjuhvs.Marina Erakovic No. 6Ana Konjuh
Vania Kingvs.Yvonne MeusburgerNo. 6Vania King
Polona Hercogvs.Paula Ormaechea No. 7Polona Hercog
Lauren Davisvs.Alisa Kleybanova No. 7Lauren Davis
Coco Vandeweghevs.Garbine MuguruzaNo. 7Coco Vandeweghe
Alla Kudryavtsevavs.Barbora Zahlavova Strycova No. 9Alla Kudryavtseva
Anett Kontaveit vs.Casey DellacquaNo. 9Casey Dellacqua
Lucie Safarova vs.Julia GoergesNo. 10Lucie Safarova
Misaki Doi vs.Elina SvitolinaNo. 11Misaki Doi
Johanna Larssonvs.Bojana Jovanovski No. 11Johanna Larsson
Monica Niculescuvs.Alison Van Uytvanck No. 19Monica Niculescu
Aleksandra Wozniakvs.Dominika CibulkovaTBDDominika Cibulkova
Tsvetana Pironkova vs.Varvara LepchenkoTBDVarvara Lepchenko
Men's Bracket
Player 1 Player 2 Court Predicted Winner
Andy Murray vs.David GoffinCentre CourtAndy Murray
Novak Djokovic vs.Andrey GolubevCentre CourtNovak Djokovic
Grigor Dimitrovvs.Ryan Harrison No. 1Grigor Dimitrov
Jurgen Melzervs.Jo-Wilfried TsongaNo. 1Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Victor Hanescuvs.Tomas BerdychNo. 2Tomas Berdych
Andrey Kuznetsovvs.Daniel EvansNo. 2Daniel Evans
Mikhail Youzhnyvs.James WardNo. 3James Ward
Pablo Carreno Bustavs.David Ferrer No. 3David Ferrer
Dustin Brown vs.Marcos BaghdatisNo. 12Dustin Brown
Andreas Haider-Maurervs.Kyle Edmund No. 12Kyle Edmund
Jeremy Chardy vs.Daniel CoxNo. 18Jeremy Chardy
Alex Kuznetsovvs.Fabio Fognini No. 18Fabio Fognini
Marinko Matosevic vs.Fernando VerdascoNo. 8Fernando Verdasco
Bernard Tomicvs.Evgeny DonskoyNo. 8Evgeny Donskoy
Konstantin Kravchukvs.Gilles Simon No. 16Gilles Simon
Kevin Anderson vs.Aljaz Bedene No. 16Aljaz Bedene
Marin Cilicvs.Paul-Henri MathieuNo. 17Marin Cilic
Samuel Grothvs.Alexandr DolgopolovNo. 17Samuel Groth
Andreas Seppi vs.Leonardo MayerNo. 4Leonardo Mayer
Bradley Klahnvs.Sam QuerreyNo. 4Sam Querrey
Pablo Andujarvs.Blaz RolaNo. 5Blaz Rola
Filippo Volandri vs.Edouard Roger-Vasselin No. 5Filippo Volandri
Steve Johnsonvs.Roberto Bautista AgutNo. 6
Donald Youngvs.Benjamin BeckerNo. 6Benjamin Becker
Teymuraz Gabashvili vs.Tim PuetzNo. 7Tim Puetz
Jimmy Wangvs.Alejandro GonzalezNo. 9Jimmy Wang
Radek Stepanekvs.Pablo Cuevas No. 9Radek Stepanek
Sergiy Stakhovskyvs.Carlos Berlocq No. 10Carlos Berlocq
Tobias Kamke vs.Jan Hernych No. 10Tobias Kamke
Luke Saville vs.Dominic Thiem No. 11Dominic Thiem
Ernests Gulbisvs.Jurgen Zopp No. 19Ernests Gulbis
Robin Haasevs.Vasek Pospisil No. 19Vasek Pospisil

Top Matchups of Day 1

Andy Murray vs. David Goffin

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22:  Andy Murray of Great Britain walks out to start a practice session during previews ahead of the Wimbledon Championships at Wimbledon on June 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Al Bello/Getty Images

It's no small caveat to enter a bracket that includes the likes of Nadal—even if it does not take place on clay—and other names before advancing to the final and taking down Novak Djokovic in a classic.

Alas, that is the weight Murray has placed on himself as the reigning champ as he enters Monday's action.

For his part, Murray seems more than ready to tackle a daunting field once more, as captured by Wimbledon's Twitter account and Ben Rosenthal of The New York Times:

To be somewhat brutally honest, David Goffin—ranked No. 104 in the world—won't put up much of a fight. The Belgian just seems happy to be in the bracket, as he told Kevin Mitchell of The Guardian:

It is a tough draw but a great match to look forward to. It should be a nice moment, a real experience for me. Andy is the defending champion, a great champion. I can only hope that I am able to play well and enjoy what happens. To play on this court, on this beautiful grass, on the first day, it is a dream really.

The real story is watching what sort of form Murray is in as he preps for a title defense. Momentum gained or lack thereof could speak volumes about his chances of making it far enough to encounter a Nadal or Djokovic. Bank on a strong showing with the future in mind.     

Prediction: Murray wins, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

Coco Vandeweghe vs. Garbine Muguruza

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29:  Coco Vandeweghe of the United States returns a shot during her women's singles match against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockma
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Yes, heavyweights like Li Na are in action Monday, but with how unpredictable the women's draw has been as of late, it is time to narrow in on some possible upset specialists who can run the bracket given the right factors.

How about American Coco Vandeweghe, who started out in qualifiers before running the table just days earlier to emerge triumphant at the 2014 Topshelf Open?

After navigating a draw that included five top 20 opponents, it is hard to bet against the momentum established by the 22-year-old upstart.

Garbine Muguruza is another fast riser in the sport, but Vandeweghe took down the Spaniard in the quarterfinals on the way to her title with relative ease. Given the quick turnaround, expect the American to keep her hot streak and new-found confidence alive as she kicks off what may be another surprising campaign.

Prediction: Vandeweghe wins, 6-4, 6-2

Pablo Carreno Busta vs. David Ferrer

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 04:  David Ferrer of Spain returns a shot during his men's singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day eleven of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 4, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Normally David Ferrer would not get the nod as a highlight match, but a recent bout with illness that saw him bow out of the Topshelf Open has him under the microscope as an upset candidate on Monday.

Fortunately for all involved, Ferrer is healthy once more and ready to compete, per Sports Illustrated:

For an additional layer of intrigue, look no further than Pablo Carreno Busta, who is the up-and-comer in this all-Spanish matchup. Just 22 years old, Carreno Busta will play his first-ever main draw match on the London grass as he hopes to secure somewhat of a passing-of-the-torch moment a season removed from a staggering 92-18 record.

The spectacle in London is the only Grand Slam Ferrer has failed to reach the final four in, although he has made the quarterfinals in each of the past two years—career bests and a steady improvement.

Something has to give, so be sure to catch the showdown.

Prediction: Ferrer wins, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Note: All info courtesy of Wimbledon.com unless otherwise specified.

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