Wimbledon 2011: Power Ranking Federer, Nadal, Djokovic & the Players Still Alive

Sean ClairCorrespondent IJune 26, 2011

Wimbledon 2011: Power Ranking Federer, Nadal, Djokovic & the Players Still Alive

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    The first week of Wimbledon has been stopped countless times due to the lovely summer-time London weather.

    Despite the stoppages, the tournament is completely caught up with all round of 16 matches to be played Monday.

    The men's draw has seen its top contenders in Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic move through with little resistance from their opponents.

    However, there has also been some surprises to come through. There are plenty of players remaining that can challenge the top three.

    That said, how does the final 16 rank amongst each other?

16. Lukasz Kubot

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    Lukasz Kubot is probably the biggest surprise of any player to reach the round of 16.

    He came through the qualifying (won three matches there) to get to the main draw, and he has made the most of it.

    He had a tough five-set win in the first round, beat Dr. Ivo Karlovic in straight sets in the second round, and then beat Gael Monfils in four sets in the third round.

    This is only his second time being in the singles draw at Wimbledon, reaching the second round last year.

    He's been beating his opponent by breaking serve quite a bit. That will need to continue in his next match.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Feliciano Lopez

    Prediction: Loses in Round of 16

15. Mikhail Youzhny

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    Mikhail Youzhny finds himself in the round of 16 for the sixth time at Wimbledon.

    Youzhny has been an extremely solid player over the years and has enjoyed good success at Wimbledon.

    He had a tough five-set win in the first round against Juan Monaco, straight set win in the second round, and a very good four-set win over 16th seed Nicolas Almagro in the third round.

    Youzhny has done most of his work from the back of the court as he has a very nice one-handed back hand.

    The big question with Youzhny is: Does he have the firepower to contend?

    Round of 16 Opponent: Roger Federer

    Prediction: Loses in the Round of 16

14. Bernard Tomic

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    The upstart youngster Bernard Tomic finds himself in the round of 16 in only his second appearance at Wimbledon.

    Tomic is an up and comer on the tour who can be very good in a few years.

    He also had to come through qualifying and has already beaten Nikolay Davydenko (first round) and Robin Soderling (third round) in straight sets to get here.

    Tomic has been able to confuse his opponents thus far, as he can play a variety of different styles. His game has been compared to Andy Murray.

    Tomic has a bright future, and we will see if his 2011 run can continue.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Xavier Malisse

    Prediction: Loses in Round of 16

13. Michael Llodra

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    Michael Llodra is making his first ever trip to the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

    This is somewhat surprising because you would think that Llodra's game would be suited more towards the grass courts.

    Llodra has had a rather easy go of it so far, dropping only one set while getting this far.

    His serving has carried him so far, as he had double digit aces and good first serve percentages in all of his three matches.

    He must continue to serve great to advance forward.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Novak Djokovic

    Prediction: Loses in Round of 16

12. Xavier Malisse

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    The X-Man, Xavier Malisse, has become quite the grass court player late in his career.

    Malisse was a highly touted junior who was suppose to be a star on the tour, but that never materialized. He's had an average career, playing his best as he's gotten older.

    He hasn't had much pressure so far as he has only dropped one set thus far despite playing two top 20 players.

    He hasn't done anything special to get this far. He hits an extremely flat ball that gives his opponents trouble.

    A solid run could continue for this solid veteran if he keeps playing well.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Bernard Tomic

    Prediction: Loses in Quaterfinals

11. Feliciano Lopez

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    Feliciano Lopez makes his fifth trip to the round of 16 at the All-England Club.

    Lopez has a great game suited for the grass, as he uses his big serve to his advantage.

    That game was on full display in his straight sets upset victory over Andy Roddick in the third round. In that match, and his previous match, he hit 28 aces.

    If Lopez can keep it up and continue to play the way he has, he has a great chance to make his way to a third quarterfinal appearance at Wimbledon.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Lukasz Kubot

    Prediction: Loses in Quarterfinals

10. David Ferrer

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    The clay court specialist, David Ferrer, finds himself in the round of 16 for the third time at Wimbledon.

    Ferrer has a reputation of rarely beating himself, which makes him that much harder for his opponents to beat.

    He's been a little lucky with his draw so far, but he did beat up-and-coming American Ryan Harrison in a tough five-setter in the second round.

    Ferrer is known for his return abilities; he's broken his opponents 18 times so far and will need to continue that to make his first Wimbledon quarterfinal.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Prediction: Loses in Round of 16

9. Mardy Fish

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    The only American left, Mardy Fish makes his first appearance in the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

    Mardy has never played well at Wimbledon, but he now carries the flag for the American men with Andy Roddick already home.

    Fish has played well to get this far, as he has only dropped one set. The problem is that his draw gets much tougher now.

    He has served great up to this point, having double digit aces and winning over 80 percent of first serve points in all three matches.

    He must continue the good serving to keep advancing.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Tomas Berdych

    Prediction: Loses in Round of 16

8. Juan Martin Del Potro

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    After missing Wimbledon last year, Juan Martin Del Potro makes his first round of 16 appearance in 2011.

    Del Potro has a serve and big groundstrokes that you would think make him an extremely dangerous opponent for anyone on the grass.

    Despite advancing with dropping only one set, Del Potro hasn't been extremely happy the way he's played thus far, as he's shown quite a bit of frustration.

    His big serve and groundstrokes have been on full display as he has been racking up the winners and aces in all of his matches thus far.

    To continue on he needs to play the way he did late in 2009 when he won the U.S. Open.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Rafael Nadal

    Prediction: Loses in Round of 16

7. Richard Gasquet

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    The flashy Frenchman, Richard Gasquet finds himself making another run at Wimbledon.

    When playing well, Gasquet is one of the most dangerous players on tour, and especially when he's playing well on the grass.

    Gasquet hasn't played a household name to this point, but he still hasn't dropped a set to this point.

    When on, Gasquet is playing great off the ground, especially hitting his picturesque one-handed back hand all over the court.

    His ground game must continue to be solid for him to advance.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Andy Murray

    Prediction: Loses in Round of 16

6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a guy you just like to root for on tour due to his great personality and his big game.

    Tsonga has been playing well on the grass so far this year and could have more success with the big game he possesses.

    He played a thrilling four-set second-round match against Grigori Dimotrov and didn't drop a set in his other two matches.

    For Tsonga to keep moving on, he must continue to hit that booming serve and huge forehand consistently and effectively.

    Round of 16 Opponent: David Ferrer

    Prediction: Loses in Quarterfinals 

5. Tomas Berdych

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    Last year's runner-up, Tomas Berdych, is quietly making another run at the Wimbledon Championships.

    We saw the success Berdych had last year on the grass, and he seems to be just as comfortable this year with his big game rolling.

    He has looked great so far, crushing opponents without losing a set.

    His serve has carried him thus far as he's won a bunch of first serve points, but his return game is also clicking, and it must if he wants to make another deep run.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Mardy Fish

    Prediction: Loses in Quarterfinals

4. Andy Murray

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    The crowd favorite Andy Murray is once again carrying the hopes of a nation at his home tournament at Wimbledon.

    Murray has been a top-five player for a while now, and he always plays well at Wimbledon.

    He hasn't looked great thus far, as he's dropped a set in two of his three matches.

    He's served pretty well to this point, but it's his defensive skills that still carry him and must continue for him to move a step further than he ever has at Wimbledon.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Richard Gasquet

    Prediction: Loses in Finals

3. Novak Djokovic

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    Novak Djokovic is again making another deep run in a major.

    Djokovic, of course, started his season off great until the semifinal loss at the French to Federer. He looks to get back to winning now at Wimbledon.

    He looked fantastic in his first two matches, but then had a much more difficult four-set match with Marcos Baghdatis in the third round.

    Djokovic was spectacular in his first two matches, but his ground game became shaky at times against Baghdatis, which in turn made him lose his temper a few times.

    He needs to keep his temper under control if he wishes to win the title.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Michael Llodra

    Prediction: Loses in Semifinals

2. Rafael Nadal

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    Rafael Nadal is riding a 17-match win streak at Wimbledon, and he has a great chance to run that much further.

    Nadal has won the last two Wimbledon's he played (2009 and 2011), as he has shown he is not just a great clay-court player but one of the best ever.

    He, like Djokovic, looked very solid in his first two matches, but then he struggled a bit more in the third round against Gilles Muller.

    Muller used his big serve to somewhat negate Nadal off the ground. Despite the struggle, Nadal has still been very solid in his all around play.

    If he can find a serve that allows him to win some free points, he can win yet again.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Juan Martin Del Potro

    Prediction: Loses in Semifinals 

1. Roger Federer

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    Roger Federer is looking to win his seventh Wimbledon title this year.

    He is the greatest of all time, and he can probably be called the greatest grass court player of all time if he can win Wimbledon this year.

    Besides the first set of the tournament, Federer has looked like the best player to this point, beating opponents handily.

    He has shown his all around skills from the back of the court, at the net, and the serve.

    If he can continue to play the way he has been, I don't see how anyone could beat him.

    Round of 16 Opponent: Mikhail Youzhny

    Prediction: Winner