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Worthless Wertheim's Wimbledon Predictions

TheBoiledEgg
06-19-2004, 11:52 AM
Men's Report (Nos. 1-16)



1. Roger Federer: Defending champion has as easy an early draw as we can recall -- plus the highest seeds in his half are clay-court specialists Guillermo Coria (No. 3) and Juan Carlos Ferrero (No. 6). He ought to coast for four rounds, get tested by Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals and meet Roddick in the final.

2. Andy Roddick: Like Federer, he sure can't complain about his draw -- and his path was made even easier when teenager Rafael Nadal withdrew. If he brings his serves to week two, he could claim Slam No. 2.

3. Guillermo Coria: First off, good for him for sticking to his schedule and playing two grass tune-ups. Big question is how is he coping with his meltdown in the final at Roland Garros. His play over the past 10 days has provided few definitive answers. Speed and consistency make him dangerous, but we can certainly see him losing to either hard-serving Wesley Moodie in round one or lefty Wayne Arthurs in round two.

4. David Nalbandian: A finalist in 2002, Nalbandian's grass skills are beyond reproach. A shame he starts off against Mario Ancic, but if he survives the onslaught of lefty serves -- and he should -- he'll be around awhile.

5. Tim Henman: Surprised he wasn't seeded a spot higher. But again Their Tim has a decent shot to -- altogether now -- become the first Brit since Fred Perry to win the Big Crumpet. He ought to at least equal his showing in Paris and reach the semis. Then it's simply a matter of nerves.

6. Juan Carlos Ferrero: Clearly he hasn't been 100 percent physically all year. Could skate by for a few rounds, but can he survive Sebastien Grosjean?

7. Lleyton Hewitt: Player to watch. The 2002 champion is showing shades of his old self, and he can't complain about his draw. (Ivo Karlovic is far, far away.)

8. Rainer Schuettler: Not the player he was a year ago. His lack of a bread-and-butter weapon will hurt him, particularly on grass.

9. Carlos Moya: Consistent disappointment in Slams of late and has never advanced beyond the second round at Wimby.

10. Sebastien Grosjean: Though he hasn't won big in a while, he tends to play well on grass, particularly when his draw is ?clair-soft.

11. Mark Philippoussis: A finalist last year, he has history on his side. But you never like to enter an event on what is for all intents a seven-match losing streak -- excluding the World Team Championship.

12. Sjeng Schalken: Haven't heard much from the Sjengster lately.

13. Paradorn Srichaphan: His game is well-tailored to grass, and it's about time he has a strong performance in a Major. If he can get by hard-serving Karlovic, his draw opens up for a few rounds.

14. Mardy Fish: Another one due for a strong Slam. Assuming he can survive Joachim Johansson -- and has improved his fitness as much as his camp claims -- he has a real opportunity.

15. Nicolas Massu: Um, no.

16. Jiri Novak: Potential tough first-round matchup against mercurial Xavier Malisse, but then the skies part a bit.

SEEDS TO WATCH (Nos. 17-32)

17. Jonas Bjorkman: Give him credit for getting his singles game back to this point after a detour outside of the top 50. Athletic, attacking style works well on grass, but he has a tough first rounder against Raemon Sluiter.

19. Marat Safin: Always a threat. (And not just to the standards of decency.)

20. Tommy Robredo: Better grass courter than you might think and aided by the late withdrawal of first-round opponent James Blake (No. 40). He'll now face Blake's replacement, 132nd-ranked Potito Starace of Italy.

23. Max Mirnyi: Good wins have been few and far between recently, but his big serve always makes him dangerous.

24. Fernando Gonzalez: Like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates, you never know what you're getting.

26. Taylor Dent: Isn't his year designed to peak right about now?

27. Robby Ginepri: Like most Americans not named Roddick, he's due for a strong Slam.

31. Mikhail Youzhny: Big serve, nifty scythe backhand and primed for a good showing.

DARK HORSE NATION

Joachim Johansson: Went into hiding during clay-court season but a 135 mph serve is a nice weapon on grass.

Thomas Johansson: Just to be safe. Two Johanssons are better than one.

Raemon Sluiter: The male version of Els Callens.

Tommy Haas: Slowly but surely coming back.

Greg Rusedski: Has displayed signs of life lately.

Yen-Hsun Lu: Plenty of room on the bandwagon.

Goran Ivanisevic: Just in case.

FIRST-ROUND MATCHES TO WATCH:

Robredo vs. Starace

Nalbandian vs. Ancic: Exceptional returner against exceptional server.

Schuettler vs. Soderling: Possible first-round upset special.

Coria vs. Moodie: See above.

Srichaphan vs. Karlovic: Not exactly an ideal first round matchup for Srichaphan, a player in need of a good performance at a Major.

PREDICTIONS

Semifinals: Federer vs. Fish and Henman vs. Roddick

Finals: Federer vs. Roddick

WIinner: Roddick

TheBoiledEgg
06-19-2004, 11:54 AM
who's Worthless on this board.......... Sjengster comes up :o

enjoy a WET :rain: and soggy :umbrella: Wimbledon everyone :) forecast looks bad.

me off to Kenya tomorrow for about 2 weeks
so i probably wont even know what happened in R1 never mind who won.
i might be back in time for final

cya everyone ;)

tennischick
06-19-2004, 11:55 AM
i just hope he's wrong!

TheBoiledEgg
06-19-2004, 11:58 AM
i just hope he's wrong!

when has he ever been right :angel: :rolls:

tennischick
06-19-2004, 12:04 PM
true dat! imagine Duckboy holding up the plate. :cringe:

i hope that the Farmer takes it this year. this is probably his last chance. yeah believe it or not, i'm actually rooting for the Farmer.

heya
06-19-2004, 12:18 PM
Yessss, gay-hater Baldy isn't here. :woohoo: God has more weak opponents. How magical.

WyveN
06-19-2004, 12:43 PM
this guy proves to be a joke time and time again.
I find it interesting how he claims someone had a easy draw but then calls players that they will be playing in the early rounds as dark horses.

J. Corwin
06-19-2004, 12:51 PM
He's not funny at all...if he is trying to be.

Vass
06-19-2004, 12:53 PM
How does he manage it? The draw is so easy to comment on!

BaselineSmash
06-19-2004, 01:03 PM
Men's Report (Nos. 1-16)



4. David Nalbandian: A finalist in 2002, Nalbandian's grass skills are beyond reproach. A shame he starts off against Mario Ancic, but if he survives the onslaught of lefty serves -- and he should -- he'll be around awhile.


:retard: Did I miss something? Has Ancic started to serve left-handed?

Havok
06-19-2004, 02:00 PM
Fish in the semis :scared: does he know Fish is injured and has yet to make it to the quarters, let alone the semis :bolt:

tennischick
06-19-2004, 02:02 PM
enjoy Kenya Eggy. be safe.

Dirk
06-19-2004, 02:13 PM
Yeah Eggy be safe.

CmonAussie
06-19-2004, 02:21 PM
Men's Report (Nos. 1-16)
7. Lleyton Hewitt: Player to watch. The 2002 champion is showing shades of his old self, and he can't complain about his draw. (Ivo Karlovic is far, far away.)

:rolleyes:
@@ It appears as If I'm the only one upset about Lleyton's Draw-->> if Worthless thinks Hewitt "can't complain..." about potentially facing Ivanisavic, Safin or Moya, & Federer just up to QF stage :sad: then I'd hate to see a difficult Draw :devil: !

PS~ Anyone else think Worthless is picking Roddick to win as stipulated by his ESPN contract :confused: ? Surely Federer is clearly a safer pick for the title again over Andy :p !

Anyway considering Srichaphan's 'hot form' at Nottingham this week I'll nominate the Thai sensation as No.1 Darkhorse :angel: ! Wouldn't it be cool to see Paradorn hold aloft that beautiful gold trophy ;) :cool: .

jrm
06-19-2004, 02:29 PM
Suprised he knows who Els Callens is!!!!

Havok
06-19-2004, 02:31 PM
Wertheim always has out there predicitons. Heck he has players like Sprem making the semis at this year's Roland Garros :haha: but at least picking Andy isn't such a huge long shot, at least he didn't go for someone like Dent or something :scared:

CmonAussie
06-19-2004, 02:36 PM
Wertheim always has out there predicitons. Heck he has players like Sprem making the semis at this year's Roland Garros :haha: but at least picking Andy isn't such a huge long shot, at least he didn't go for someone like Dent or something :scared:
:wavey:
Yeah Roddick is clearly the 2nd favourite~ so no long-shot; but how often does Wertheim pick against an American winner{other than FO}??
* If Andy can take the title nobody will be surprised->> i just don't see him beating Federer; assuming Roger makes it to the Final :angel: .

Havok
06-19-2004, 02:49 PM
I don't know. WHo did he have for Wimbledon 03? and this year's AO. I don't pay too much attention to his picks because he always goes for weird semifinalists and he's usually wrong:p

Lady
06-19-2004, 02:53 PM
I, for once, agree with CmonAussie, right now Lleyton's draw looks far from being easy ;) Off course, Marat, Carlos & Goran might even not last til meeting Lleyton, but right now it's definitely not an easy walk in the park ;)

Lisbeth
06-19-2004, 03:02 PM
Federer Roddick final is a sensible pick, if a little dull!

But when are these people going to realise that Ginepri is not due for anything, let alone a "great slam". And, slightly less ridiculously but still out there, who has he been talking to think Fish has suddenly become semi material? Those cheer girls his dad paid to be his groupies? ;)

I guess he's trying to drum up interest in the Americans but aren't the punters just going to be more disappointed when these guys don't live up to the silly predictions?

As for Lleyton's draw, yes it's hard but then so was his 2002 draw supposed to be hard until everyone else lost ... nothing really pans out till the second week at Wimbledon.

Deboogle!.
06-19-2004, 05:44 PM
If somebody's going to pick Roddick over Federer to win I sure would love to hear the reasons for it.

It's Wertheim, he doesn't give reasons, he just spouts off :p

Skyward
06-19-2004, 05:56 PM
I don't know. WHo did he have for Wimbledon 03? and this year's AO. I don't pay too much attention to his picks because he always goes for weird semifinalists and he's usually wrong:p

For this year AO he predicted Federer- Agassi final with Andre winning.

sigmagirl91
06-19-2004, 05:57 PM
:retard: Did I miss something? Has Ancic started to serve left-handed?

I was wondering the same thing. Has he mixed him up with Goran again? Makes you wonder....

Toppu
06-19-2004, 06:18 PM
But he's right about Paradorn.

hitchhiker
06-20-2004, 02:54 AM
If somebody's going to pick Roddick over Federer to win I sure would love to hear the reasons for it.

what is so shocking about #2 player beating #1 player?
its not like he picked coria to beat federer

rue
06-20-2004, 03:21 AM
I am not too sure about these predictions especially about Roddick beating Federer. We all know that as Federer gets deeper into the tournament his confidence is going to be real high and will be playing some unbelievable tennis. As long as he plays his best then Andy has got no chance because Roger is just too good.

I still think that Andy could be upset by Henman just because of the good record he has against him but we will just wait and see. Anything can happen.

YoursTruly
06-20-2004, 03:23 AM
He writes well, but don't take the predictions seriously. I think it's just to fill up a page.

Skyward
06-20-2004, 03:26 AM
what is so shocking about #2 player beating #1 player?
its not like he picked coria to beat federer

What's so shocking about #3 beating #1 player? :rolleyes: :lol:

Winston's Human
06-20-2004, 06:36 AM
:
PS~ Anyone else think Worthless is picking Roddick to win as stipulated by his ESPN contract :confused: ? Surely Federer is clearly a safer pick for the title again over Andy :p .

Wertheim works for Sports Illustrated -- ESPN's rival. Plus, Wertheim is a consistent critic of ESPN's tennis coverage.

hitchhiker
06-20-2004, 07:14 AM
What's so shocking about #3 beating #1 player? :rolleyes: :lol:

i was talking ability on grass not overall rankings obviously

CmonAussie
06-20-2004, 12:15 PM
Wertheim works for Sports Illustrated -- ESPN's rival. Plus, Wertheim is a consistent critic of ESPN's tennis coverage.
:wavey:
Oops yeah sorry mate@@. I guess I do tend to put ESPN/NBC/CNN... in the same boat; American global media giants offer a skewed view of the world events & sports like tennis :sad: ! Anyway Wertheim is better than most, atleast he's genuinely interested in tennis & the diverse countries it's played. However I am surprised that for the last few Slams he's always nominating either Roddick or Agassi to win~ just thought he may feel a responsibility to appease CNN{Sports Illustrated} viewers/readers :rolleyes: ..

Winston's Human
06-20-2004, 02:05 PM
I agree. It is hard not to pick Federer given his dominance over Roddick and his stellar play at Halle. Not that I don't think the final will be Federer vs. Roddick.