Wimbledon 2010 Draw: A Complete Breakdown Of The Entire Men's Draw

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Wimbledon 2010 Draw: A Complete Breakdown Of The Entire Men's Draw
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Unlike the French Open, where Rafael Nadal is King, there is usually a chance for something unexpected to happen at the All-England Club.

This year many questions are brewing... Will Federer be able to rebound and defend his title? Will Nadal's health be a factor on a surface that isn't clay? Will an American burst through and make a run on the second week? Or is it possible that a new face may emerge and create a wonderful underdog story? All is possible at Wimbledon.

We really cannot tell you what will happen. Analysts can analyze for hours and hours, but when that first ball is thrown you can throw whatever you thought you knew out the window... because the surprises will start from day one.

A Couple Things To Note:

1.Nikolay Davydenko is here:

So what really does that mean? He is the seventh ranked player in the world, and is supposedly playing some of his best tennis. But we have said this before about the man who most recently missed the French Open. Davydenko has always been inconsistant at majors and has been known to go down early. He has also been under scrutiny for a potential throwing of a match. Davydenko is what we call a wild card. His first round match is the hard serving South African, Kevin Anderson.

2. Andy Roddick is playing on grass:

The clay surface of Roland Garros is obviously not where American's feel most comfortable. Andy Roddick basically gave up on his third round match to a Russian qualifyer, and his mind never seemed in it during his short stay in Paris. Now he is back on grass, back at Wimbledon, the site of last years final where he was just two games away from taking his second major title. Will he be fired up to take this one. Yes. And not only that, the expectations will be very high. He will face a fellow American, Rajeev Ram in his first round match.

3. This is Murray's house:

We can get all caught up in the excitement of Roger and Rafa, and we might almost forget that the fourth best player in the world has the home court advantage. Andy Murray has failed to bring a title as of yet, but as he continue to grow as a player, you have to believe that he will be very ready to start his run at a title here at Wimbledon. His quarter is very easy, as he starts off with Jan Hajek and will probably finish with an opponent no harder than Fernando Verdasco, a player who has been slumping at majors as of late.

 

Sleepers to watch:

Marco Chuidinelli: This is a man who is returning off of an injury he feard would force him to retire from tennis. Now in the past year he has made a miraculous turnaround and is easily one of the better players in this tournament. His second round opponent would be Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. However, Tsonga did put on a poor showing in Paris and did retire from his final match, proving that his is not 100% and is vulnerable.

 

Ernestes Gulbis: I feel like it is every tournament that we are putting this man on our sleeper lists, and every tournament his continues to dissapoint. However, you have to love the talent and quality of tennis he posseses and especially the way he is playing as of late. And since he is seeded, he won't have to face another seeded player until at least the third round.

 

James Blake: People have basically written off the American after a slew of poor performances in major tournaments. Now he is flying under the radar, unseeded, not pampered. He has little to prove, and those might be the perfect conditions for this American to make a surprising run.


The Favorites:

Roger Federer: Blessed with a great draw, it is impossible to believe that there is little that stands in the way for Federer. However, he is coming off a surprising defeat in Paris and it will be interesting to see how he fairs at Wimbledon. However, Federer has proven that he thrives low expectations. His first opponent is Alejandro Falla from Colombia.

Rafael Nadal: Nadal seems to have put to rest the issue with his health for the time being. He is one year removed from his first Wimbledon title, and was robbed of a number one seed from the Wimbledon seeding committee. He has something to prove and you have to believe he will be hungry.

Robin Soderling: Although his showing in the French final is something worth forgetting, his first six matchers are not. He had a great showing at Roland Garros, obviously his best surface, but will he be able to expand his game to the grass. I think the answer is yes, and I also believe that a title run is not out of the question for Robin.

Novak Djockovic: It is hard to believe that we still consider Djokovic a favorite. He was having a good French until he inexplicably dropped the final three sets to Jurgen Melzer in the quarters after getting a two set and two game lead. His heart and sould may no longer be in it some fear. This could be the stage of a rebound for the Serb.

Andy Murray (see above)

Andy Roddick (see above)

The Americans:

Jesse Levine: Chance of winning a match: 3/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 1/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 0/10 Chance of winning tournament: 0/10. Jesse Levine has taken lessons from Federer but his career has yet to fully flourish. He needs to start taking over in majors in order get back on the radar. 

Ryan Sweeting: Chance of winning a match: 6/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 1/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 0/10 Chance of winning tournament: 0/10. Sweeting should feel very fortunate right now. He lost in qualifying, but is in as a lucky loser. He is very lucky, as he is playing a not-so hard first round match against Benjamin Becker, famous for being Agassi's last opponent.

Taylor Dent: Chance of winning a match: 5/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 2/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 0/10 Chance of winning tournament: 0/10. Dent played one of the best matches ever against Ivan Navarro at last years U.S. Open, however, he was forced to qualify for this tournament, and his powerful serve may not be able to get him that far in this tournament.

Brendan Evans:Chance of winning a match: 6/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 0/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 0/10 Chance of winning tournament: 0/10. Who? Well, although this is his first major, not called the U.S. Open, Brendan Evans has to be feeling very happy, his first round opponent is a no-name player who is participating in only his second major.

Mardy Fish:Chance of winning a match: 7/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 2/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 0/10 Chance of winning tournament: 0/10. Mardy Fish has always been a good player, but has yet to really make a name for himself. He will be playing in a very entertaining match against an Australian youngster, Bernard Tomic, who is one of the games top prospects.

Jesse Witten: Chance of winning a match: 5/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 1/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 0/10 Chance of winning tournament: 0/10. After making a name for himself in the 2009 U.S. Open, his chances might not be so hot in this tournament. He will face a talented Michael Lodra in the first round with the possibility of Andy Roddick in the second.

Rajeev Ram: Chance of winning a match: 1/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 0/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 0/10 Chance of winning tournament: 0/10. This veteran has never won a grand slam match, and his chances don't seem to likely this year as he faces Andy Roddick to start.

Andy Roddick: Chance of winning a match: 9/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 7/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 3/10 Chance of winning tournament: 2/10. The hype for Andy is here, but hopefully he will actually have his mojo. The key is being there mentally.

Michael Russel: Chance of winning a match: 6/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 1/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 0/10 Chance of winning tournament: 0/10. One of the most liked players on tour, this veteran figures to have a good shot in his opening round opponent, Pere-Riba Madrid, but beating Fernando Verdasco in the second round may be a whole different story.

Robert Kendrick: Chance of winning a match: 2/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 1/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 0/10 Chance of winning tournament: 0/10. In almost a cruel twist, after beating Ryan Sweeting in qualifying, this American will have to face the tenth best player in the world while Sweeting is facing a far less daunting task. Still though, you have to go with what you have.

Sam Querrey: Chance of winning a match: 8/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 3/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 1/10 Chance of winning tournament: 0/10. Many people believe that this lanky klutzy looking fellow will be the future of American tennis. Well, it is time to start proving it as he has the easiest quarter of the draw.

Robby Ginepri:Chance of winning a match: 2/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 1/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 0/10 Chance of winning tournament: 0/10. Just a few years removed from a semifinal at the U.S. Open, Ginepri will have to face Robin Soderling in the first round. It might take a miracle.

John Isner: Chance of winning a match: 8/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 4/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 1/10 Chance of winning tournament: 0/10. This hard server is also a young promising prospect, and has shown signs of great competitiveness and resilience. However, his major breakthrough has yet to come. Is it possible for this tournament?

James Blake:Chance of winning a match: 7/10 Chance of advancing to week two: 1/10 Chance of advancing to final weekend: 0/10 Chance of winning tournament: 0/10. No matter who he beats in the first round, Nadal will most likely be waiting there in round two. So... if he is hoping to make a comeback run, he would need to bring it all to that second round match.

14 out of the 128 players are American, but all it takes is one.

Predictions:

Semis: Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick (Five Sets -- Roddick Wins)

   Andy Murray vs. Rafael Nadal (Four Sets -- Nadal Wins)

Finals: Andy Roddick vs. Rafael Nadal (Five Sets -- Roddick Wins) 

Come back for both my live blog of day one on Monday and for a full recap of day one that evening, thanks!

 

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