Wimbledon 2012: Which Stars Will Bounce Back After French Open Blunders?
After a dramatic finals match in the French Open, Novak Djokovic lost and is now gearing up for Wimbledon 2012.
After winning three majors last year, Djokovic is trying to make amends for his loss in Paris and will defend his Wimbledon title from last year.
The French Open was the first Grand Slam event that Djokovic has lost since becoming one of the top players in the game 18 months ago.
After a nail biting final against Rafael Nadal, Djokovic is building up for a Wimbledon campaign.
He is the reigning champion and proably hopes to run across Nadal again to even the score.
Despite the slip up, Djokovic is still the best player in tennis and this time around he will know what to do to beat Nadal.
Expect Djokovic to encounter some tough competition, specifically Andy Murray or Roger Federer depending on the draw.
After a shocking first round loss in the French Open to Virginie Razzano, Serena Williams is probably targeting Wimbledon as an opportunity to make up for the gaffe.
Despite the recent poor showing, Serena Williams has a good history at Wimbledon and is a four-time winner; her most recent win was in 2010.
Last year, she made it to the Round of 16 and has a lifetime record of 60-8.
Serena Williams has been tabbed by Tim Henman in The Guardian, former British No. 1 tennis player, as the tournament favorite.
Williams is great on the grass courts at Wimbledon so don't expect another first round exit from her.
Andy Roddick has not had a good 2012. Speaking to Malcolm Folley of The Daily Mail, his three-month long winless streak has started to unnerve him, and at age 29, he realizes his time as a premier tennis player is coming to an end.
He has admitted that this may be his final WImbledon as a player.
Roddick had been playing in the AEGON tournament, the pre-Wimbledon event, so he can have his bearings set before his opening round match, and fell to Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin last Wednesday, reports the Associated Press.
He has had a long and impressive career and since this might be his last Wimbledon, expect Roddick to play a bit more aggressively as he tries to finish his career on a high note.
Roger Federer has been on a bit of a slide recently, just having lost to Tommy Hass in the 2012 Gerry Weber Open in Germany and to Novak Djokovic in the 2012 French Open semifinals.
With those two recent losses, Federer needs to battle this losing streak as he prepares for Wimbledon.
Bleacher Report's Ted Lee recently wrote about the adjustments Federer needs to make in his preparations for Wimbledon.
Two of the more important points are his play on grass courts and needing to forget the recent losses.
He has won numerous Wimbledon titles and historically been good on grass courts. However, Lee points out that:
Since 2010, Federer is 0-4 in winning grass tournaments, losing twice in the Wimbledon quarterfinals and twice in the Halle finals.
Grass may be Federer's new weak spot, and he must improve on that. With all the doubters on him, Wimbledon will be the best place to prove them wrong.
I couldn't agree more. Federer needs to stop this recent stumbling and Wimbledon is the best stage to do it on.
It's been two years since his last Grand Slam title and that came in the Australian Open.
The best thing Federer can do is approach each individually and just focus on what is happening in the moment.
The French Open doesn't matter anymore.
He needs to stay sharp if he wants to add another Grand Slam title