Originally Posted by disturb3d
Should Fed tumble out of Wimby: either David or Ivan are winning.
They're ridiculously superior to the rest of the tour on fast, low-bouncing courts.
- Nadal should do well by theory, considering how well he adapted to the 05 indoor season.
- The game has left Lleyton behind.
- Andy will be crushed by anyone in the top 20.
Nadal you are right about, but ultimately, I think he will tumble out in the 2nd or 3rd round again this year
Hewitt I think is still pretty good... Remember, 8 of last 9 majors, he loses to eventual winner, which pretty much tells you he always goes pretty deep and beats pretty good players before falling to the eventual champ. He got a set from Nadal and a set from Federer at the US Open 05.
Roddick I think is still a threat on a grass court. If anything, the game has left Roddick behind, because now, there are quite a few players who can bash in huge serves (not quite like Andy's, but still) and so the tour has pretty much adapted to it. When Andy was #1, he was surprising anyone. Now, his serve is still tough, but opponents have had alot of practice from playing similar offensive players. Andy's return game remains one of the weaker ones in the top-100, but he still holds serve with the best... Anyways, my point, actually, is that he was always bad on clay, everyone has caught up on hard, but grass is still suited all too well to Andy's game for him to be counted out.
Nalby is a threat too. Ivan moves too slow, imo, and doesn't have enough variety in his game. His return game is very average. I don't think Ivan is really a threat, and I don't think he would get past Roddick, Nalby, or Hewitt on grass.
Don't forget Ancic. I actually think that if ANYONE can beat Fed, it'll be some surprise, like Ancic or Djokovic. (I guess Ancic isn't too surprising). Ancic's game is just made for grass.
In perspective, however, this is just "what if"... Because everyone knows Fed will win it.