Wimbledon 2011: Five Men Who Will Advance Further Than They Did in 2010

Sean ClairCorrespondent IJune 15, 2011

Wimbledon 2011: Five Men Who Will Advance Further Than They Did in 2010

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  Ball boys on Centre Court on Day Nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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    Wimbledon 2010 saw its fair share of surprises. 

    Whether that was Roger Federer losing to Tomas Berdych in the quarters, Andy Roddick losing to Yen-Hsun Lu in the fourth round, or the marathon that was John Isner-Nicolas Mahut.

    Wimbledon 2011 is shaping up to be extremely interesting with many story lines. 

    There are some players who will want to advance further than their 2010 performances.

5. Juan Martin Del Potro

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    WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 25:  Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina looks despondent during the men's singles second round match against Lleyton Hewitt of Australia on Day Four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Cr
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    I guess Del Potro on the list is kind of wrong, but hey he can improve on his 2009 and 2010 showings. 

    Of course Del Potro was not able to participate in last year's Wimbledon due to the wrist injury that kept him out for more than half the season.

    However, Del Potro's 2009 performance wasn't spectacular either, as he lost to Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets in the second round.

    Look for Del-Po to reach at least the round of 16 if not the quarters this year. 

4. Kevin Anderson

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21:  Kevin Andersen of South Africa in action during his first round match against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia on Day One of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 21, 2010 in
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    Kevin Anderson has quietly had a decent year on tour. He is 19-13 on the year, and has seen his ranking go from 61st to 39th currently (as high as 33rd).

    Last year at Wimbledon he lost 9-7 in the fifth set to seventh seed Nikolay Davydenko in the first round. 

    He has a big serve and forehand that should help him on the grass.

    Look for Anderson to make at least the third round, and possibly the fourth this year.

3. Andy Roddick

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28:  Andy Roddick of USA plays a shot during his match against Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei on Day Seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2010 in London, England.  (Phot
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    The 2009 Wimbledon Championships saw Andy Roddick make an amazing run to a five set final against Roger Federer.

    The 2010 Wimbledon wasn't so nice to Andy. He was knocked out in the fourth round in a poorly played match against Yen-Hsun Lu.

    Roddick has played poorly all year, but looked pretty good, until he played Andy Murray last week at the Aegon Championships.

    Expect Roddick to get back to the quarterfinals this year at Wimbledon.

2. John Isner

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24:  John Isner of USA celebrates winning on the third day of his first round match against Nicolas Mahut of France on Day Four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2
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    John Isner played the most incredible match in major tennis history in the first round at Wimbledon last year, beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of an 11-hour 5-minute match.

    This of course left big John dead for his second-round match, which he lost in straight sets.

    John has the game to succeed on grass, with the big serve and forehand.

    He should improve on last year's performance (not the drama part). Look for a third-round run for sure, and a fourth-round performance being highly likely.

1. Roger Federer

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  Roger Federer of Switzerland waves as he exits after losing his Quarter Final match against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic on Day Nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
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    Last year was not a good year for Roger Federer. Especially his shaky performance at Wimbledon.

    Federer was beaten in four sets in the quarters to last year's runner-up Tomas Berdych, and was beaten handilly. 

    The six-time Wimbledon champion couldn't solve the big hitting Czech, and was visibly upset with himself after the match.

    Look for the Fed Express to avenge himself and perform much better this year at his favorite tournament. I expect another stop in the finals is coming.