Wimbledon 2011: Five Men Who Won't Advance as Far as They Did in 2010
Yesterday I outlined the five men's players who will advance further this year at Wimbledon than they did last year.
Today we will go over the five players who will not get as far this year as they did in 2010.
There were some runs that surprised us, but can they duplicate those showings again? I doubt it.
5. Daniel Brands
Last year the unseeded Daniel Brands of Germany made it to the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Along the way he knocked off two seeded players (including Nikolay Davydenko). He also, in the fourth round, pushed runner-up Tomas Berdych to four sets.
Brands has really struggled in 2011, compiling a 1-9 record. Don't look for another run at Wimbledon this year from Brands.
4. Lleyton Hewitt
Wimbledon has always been kind to the Aussie throughout his career as he has one of his major titles at Wimbledon.
However, Hewitt has been hurt this year and has compiled a 6-5 record, while his ranking is down to 130. Don't expect a repeat run from Hewitt this year.
3. Yen-Hsun Lu
Yen-Hsun Lu had an improbable run to the Wimbledon quarters last year.
He didn't have much of a test in the first three rounds, but then knocked off Andy Roddick in five sets in the fourth round.
Lu has struggled in 2011 going 5-13 thus far. It was a great run last year for Lu, but getting out of the first round could prove to be a struggle this year.
2. Tomas Berdych
The once in a lifetime run? Tomas Berdych might have had it at Wimbledon last year making it to the finals and losing to Rafael Nadal.
Berdych always has had the game and he finally put it all together at this time last year. Seeing that he beat Roger Federer in the quarters made it that much more impressive.
Berdych has had a solid 2011 going 29-13, and made some deep runs. He has not won a title however, and duplicating his 2010 Wimbledon showing will be difficult to accomplish.
1. Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal won his second Wimbledon title in 2010, and he looked rather impressive in the final doing it. He was tested in the early rounds, but found a way to fight through and win it all.
Nadal again has had a good start to 2011 going 45-7 with three titles including the French Open earlier this month. Four of those losses came to Novak Djokovic during his 43-match win streak.
I expect Nadal to have another solid Wimbledon performance making at least the semis. However, I don't see a repeat performance of 2010 with Nadal holding the trophy at the end.