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

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Wimbledon 2014: Day 1 Schedule, Matchups, Predictions for London Bracket
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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
Date Time (ET) Round Watch Live Stream
June 22 7:00 am - 11:30 First ESPN Watch ESPN
June 22 11:30 am - 4:00 pm First ESPNews Watch ESPN
June 22 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm First ESPN2 Watch 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 Kania vs. Na Li Centre Court Na Li
Victoria Azarenka vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni No. 1 Victoria Azarenka
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor vs. Venus Williams No. 2 Venus Williams
Andreea Mitu vs. Agnieszka Radwanska No. 2 Andreea Mitu
Yanina Wickmayer vs. Samantha Stosur No. 3 Samantha Stosur
Petra Kvitova vs. Andrea Hlavackova No. 3 Petra Kvitova
Johanna Konta vs. Shuai Peng No. 12 Johanna Konta
Caroline Wozniacki vs. Shahar Peer No. 12 Caroline Wozniacki
Sloane Stephens vs. Maria Kirilenko No. 18 Sloane Stephens
Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Michelle Larcher De Brito No. 18 Svetlana Kuznetsova
Mona Barthel vs. Romina Oprandi No. 8 Romina Oprandi
Naomi Broady vs. Timea Babos No. 16 Naomi Broady
Sara Errani vs. Caroline Garcia No. 16 Sara Errani
Kimiko Date-Krumm vs. Ekaterina Makarova No. 17 Ekaterina Makarova
Kurumi Nara vs. Anna-Lena Friedsam No. 17 Kurumi Nara
Elena Vesnina vs. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner No. 4 Elena Vesnina
Jana Cepelova vs. Flavia Pennetta No. 4 Jana Cepelova
Stefanie Voegele vs. Jarmila Gajdosova No. 5 Stefanie Voegele
Tereza Smitkova vs. Su-Wei Hsieh No. 5 Tereza Smitkova
Ana Konjuh vs. Marina Erakovic No. 6 Ana Konjuh
Vania King vs. Yvonne Meusburger No. 6 Vania King
Polona Hercog vs. Paula Ormaechea No. 7 Polona Hercog
Lauren Davis vs. Alisa Kleybanova No. 7 Lauren Davis
Coco Vandeweghe vs. Garbine Muguruza No. 7 Coco Vandeweghe
Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova No. 9 Alla Kudryavtseva
Anett Kontaveit vs. Casey Dellacqua No. 9 Casey Dellacqua
Lucie Safarova vs. Julia Goerges No. 10 Lucie Safarova
Misaki Doi vs. Elina Svitolina No. 11 Misaki Doi
Johanna Larsson vs. Bojana Jovanovski No. 11 Johanna Larsson
Monica Niculescu vs. Alison Van Uytvanck No. 19 Monica Niculescu
Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Dominika Cibulkova TBD Dominika Cibulkova
Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Varvara Lepchenko TBD Varvara Lepchenko
Men's Bracket
Player 1 Player 2 Court Predicted Winner
Andy Murray vs. David Goffin Centre Court Andy Murray
Novak Djokovic vs. Andrey Golubev Centre Court Novak Djokovic
Grigor Dimitrov vs. Ryan Harrison No. 1 Grigor Dimitrov
Jurgen Melzer vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga No. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Victor Hanescu vs. Tomas Berdych No. 2 Tomas Berdych
Andrey Kuznetsov vs. Daniel Evans No. 2 Daniel Evans
Mikhail Youzhny vs. James Ward No. 3 James Ward
Pablo Carreno Busta vs. David Ferrer No. 3 David Ferrer
Dustin Brown vs. Marcos Baghdatis No. 12 Dustin Brown
Andreas Haider-Maurer vs. Kyle Edmund No. 12 Kyle Edmund
Jeremy Chardy vs. Daniel Cox No. 18 Jeremy Chardy
Alex Kuznetsov vs. Fabio Fognini No. 18 Fabio Fognini
Marinko Matosevic vs. Fernando Verdasco No. 8 Fernando Verdasco
Bernard Tomic vs. Evgeny Donskoy No. 8 Evgeny Donskoy
Konstantin Kravchuk vs. Gilles Simon No. 16 Gilles Simon
Kevin Anderson vs. Aljaz Bedene No. 16 Aljaz Bedene
Marin Cilic vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu No. 17 Marin Cilic
Samuel Groth vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov No. 17 Samuel Groth
Andreas Seppi vs. Leonardo Mayer No. 4 Leonardo Mayer
Bradley Klahn vs. Sam Querrey No. 4 Sam Querrey
Pablo Andujar vs. Blaz Rola No. 5 Blaz Rola
Filippo Volandri vs. Edouard Roger-Vasselin No. 5 Filippo Volandri
Steve Johnson vs. Roberto Bautista Agut No. 6
Donald Young vs. Benjamin Becker No. 6 Benjamin Becker
Teymuraz Gabashvili vs. Tim Puetz No. 7 Tim Puetz
Jimmy Wang vs. Alejandro Gonzalez No. 9 Jimmy Wang
Radek Stepanek vs. Pablo Cuevas No. 9 Radek Stepanek
Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. Carlos Berlocq No. 10 Carlos Berlocq
Tobias Kamke vs. Jan Hernych No. 10 Tobias Kamke
Luke Saville vs. Dominic Thiem No. 11 Dominic Thiem
Ernests Gulbis vs. Jurgen Zopp No. 19 Ernests Gulbis
Robin Haase vs. Vasek Pospisil No. 19 Vasek Pospisil


Top Matchups of Day 1

Andy Murray vs. David Goffin

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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

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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

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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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