Wimbledon 2014 Bracket: Analyzing Most Difficult Draws at All England Club

Kenny DeJohn@@kennydejohnAnalyst IIIJune 24, 2014

Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Martin Klizan of Slovakia during their match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Rafael Nadal survived the first test in his difficult draw on Tuesday at the All England Club, but the chances of him repeating his success at Roland Garros at the 2014 Wimbledon tournament are slim.

Wimbledon is no stranger to shocking results. The 2013 tournament was crazy, as both Nadal and Roger Federer bowed out of action relatively early.

Andy Murray eventually took the championship against Novak Djokovic, but it was more than shocking to see Nadal and Federer ousted early.

What will this year's tournament bring? Nadal has arguably the toughest draw on the men's side, and Serena Williams has by far the worst draw on the women's side. But how have the two fared so far?

Read on to find out how each player's match in Round 1 has impacted their draw.


Men's: Rafael Nadal

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Nadal began his tournament against Martin Klizan, a left-hander. He won after dropping the first set, quickly silencing those who were ready to call it the end at Wimbledon for the Spaniard.

While grass is far from his specialty, Nadal can still find success on the surface. Unfortunately, this draw doesn't make it easy. If the draw plays out the way it should, he'll play Lukas Rosol in the next round, then Ivo Karlovic, Milos Raonic (who won on Day 2) and potentially Federer.

This is not at all favorable. Karlovic and Raonic are two of the best servers in the sport right now. Potentially facing them back-to-back will be taxing—to say the least.

Immediately following those two matches, he might have to face Federer in the semifinals. Then it'll be whoever makes it to the finals from the other half of the bracket.

There are literally no "breaks" on this schedule.

Nadal took a good first step by beating Klizan, though. Nadal spoke about what it was like to deal with early exits in years past, via John Branch of the New York Times:

When you go on court and you lost last year in the first round, the year before in the second round, no, I’m not going to lie to nobody. Sure, it stays in your mind.

Klizan took the first set before Nadal stormed back to take the next three, so he might be back to top form at the All England Club.

He faces a tough draw, but if anyone can get through it, it's Nadal.


Women's: Serena Williams

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Serena Williams hasn't had a good week. Chris Chase of USA Today wrote about her snub at the opening ceremonies of Wimbledon and her horrible draw:

First, the five-time tournament champion was passed over for the ceremonial duty of opening the tournament on Centre Court. Then she had no luck during Friday’s draw ceremony, getting placed in a brutal quarter that features reigning French Open champion Maria Sharapova, a woman who beat her earlier this year in Alize Cornet, French Open semifinalist Andrea Petkovic and the only woman to reach the semis of the year’s first two majors, Eugenie Bouchard.

She put it all behind her on Tuesday, taking care of business in her first-round match against Anna Tatishvili. She hit 31 winners and 16 aces in the straight-sets win, and she'll look to carry her success into Round 2 of what is her 15th appearance at the All England Club.

Unfortunately for Williams, her draw got no easier following play on Tuesday. All of the aforementioned competitors also won their matches, meaning Williams still has the potentially daunting task of advancing passed each one.

Williams has never lost in the first round of Wimbledon, so it doesn't come as much of a shock that she defeated Tatishvili. That said, it should bode well for her moving forward.

The confidence to win in this tough quarter and make up for what has been a disappointing week thus far comes with a few wins. She already has her first.


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