Wimbledon 2011: Super Monday Men's Preview
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The first week basically played to form but starting tomorrow, I anticipate quite a few surprising results.
Here's a look at each match.
This is such a tough match to analyze because for the first time in a few years, I don't feel that Raffa is playing at the level needed to win. But how can anyone pick against him?
Nadal owns a comfortable 6-3 life record against Del Potro (one walkover), but Del Potro has won three of the last four in this series. With the talent of Del Potro, this has the potential to be an upset.
I'm taking Rafa in four.
2. Novak Djokovic versus Michael Llodora:
The 31-year-old Llodora has the serve and volley game to trouble a lot of players, but I can't see him having much success against Djokovic.
There's absolutely no chance Llodora repeats that performance in Paris in November 2010. I think the dominating performance by Djokovic in Dubai earlier this year is much more likely.
Novak in straight sets.
3.Roger Federer versus Mikhail Youzhny:
The 10-0 lifetime record for Federer isn't surprising, but the fact that Youzhny has only won two sets is.
Federer is playing very well and if his serve continues to dominate, this is an easy straight set win. These two haven't played since 2007, but Youzhny has no real weapon to hurt Federer.
Roger will dictate early and often.
This is the obvious upset special of the day.
Not only is Gasquet 2-2 lifetime against Andy Murray, but both Murray wins have been five-set victories that Gasquet should have won.
Gasquet hasn't played this well in years, and Murray will fold on the big stage once again.
Gasquet in four.
5. Mardy Fish versus Tomas Berdych:
I really like Mardy Fish to pull the upset here because I think his game matches up well against Berdych.
I don't like picking Berdych, the finalist from 2010 and a guy who's been beyond dominant on serve this tournament, but I think Fish will keep the ball in play and wear down the seventh ranked player.
Fish in five.
6. David Ferrer versus Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga:
Tsonga has the game to beat Ferrer, or anyone really, but his mental toughness is questionable at best.
Ferrer is a fine player but his game really isn't suited for the grass and Tsonga should be able to overpower Ferrer.
Tsonga in four.
7. Feliciano Lopez versus Lukasz Kubot:
Kubot has had a nice run but Lopez is firing on all cylinders and should dominate this match. After finally beating Andy Roddick, Lopez appears poised to make a deep run and his serve should help him sweet three sets against Polish opponent.
8. Xavier Malisse versus Bernard Tomic:
These two played last year, and Malisse was able to defeat the young Australian talent, but after an impressive win against Soderling, I like Tomic to continue his winning ways and beat the 42nd ranked Malisse.
Tomic might have had just three wins coming into Wimbledon, but he's going to skyrocket into the top 100 after this tournament.
Tomic in four.
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