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Novak Djokovic 73 30.80%
Andy Murray 52 21.94%
Roger Federer 48 20.25%
David Ferrer 0 0%
Rafael Nadal 43 18.14%
Tomas Berdych 0 0%
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1 0.42%
Juan Martin Del Potro 2 0.84%
Ernests Gulbis 5 2.11%
Grigor Dimitrov 5 2.11%
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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Novak Djokovic - Florian Mayer
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Bernard Tomic - Sam Querrey
Kevin Anderson - Olivier Rochus
Phillip Petzschner - Michal Przysiężny
Daniel Brands - Daniel Gimeno Traver
Martin Klizan - Tomas Berdych

David Ferrer - Martin Alund
Roberto Bautista Agut - Teymuraz Gabashvili
Horacio Zeballos - Santiago Giraldo
Gastao Elias - Alexander Dolgopolov
Milos Raonic - Carlos Berlocq
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James Duckworth - Denis Kudla
Ivan Dodig - Phillip Kohlschreiber
Kei Nishikori - Matthew Ebden
Leonardo Mayer - Aljaz Bedene
Michael Llodra - Jarkko Nieminen
Denis Istomin - Andreas Seppi
Grigor Dimitrov - Simone Bolelli
Grega Zemlja - Michael Russell
Guido Pella - Jesse Levine
Albert Ramos - Juan Martin Del Potro

Rafael Nadal - Steve Darcis
Lukasz Kubot - Igor Andreev
Stephane Robert - Alejandro Falla
Adrian Ungur - Benoit Paire
John Isner - Evgeny Donskoy
Pablo Andujar - Adrian Mannarino
Dustin Brown - Guillermo Garcia Lopez
Lleyton Hewitt - Stanislas Wawrinka
Nicolas Almagro - Jurgen Zopp
Marinko Matosevic - Guillaume Rufin
Radek Stepanek - Matt Reid
Kyle Edmund - Jerzy Janowicz
Fabio Fognini - Jurgen Melzer
Julian Reister - Lukas Rosol
Rogerio Dutra da Silva - Sergiy Stakhovsky
Victor Hanescu - Roger Federer

Jo Wilfried Tsonga - David Goffin
Edouard Roger-Vasselin - Ernests Gulbis
Fernando Verdasco - Xavier Malisse
Tobias Kamke - Julien Benneteau
Juan Monaco - Bastian Knittel
Lukas Lacko - Rajeev Ram
Kenny de Schepper - Paolo Lorenzi
Marcos Baghdatis - Marin Cilic

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Robin Haase - Mikhail Youzhny
Tommy Robredo - Alex Bogomolov Jr.
Nicolas Mahut - Jan Hajek
James Ward - Yen Hsun Lu
Benjamin Becker - Andy Murray

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After the success of the Roland Garros thread, let's get this going for Wimbledon. The draw is merely days away, and the warm up tournaments are in full flow. (draw will be posted in the OP as soon as it comes out)

Some of us are probably still not recovered from one of the most exciting slams we've had in a while. A semi final that saw a similar amount of drama, quality and tension that made the Wimbledon final of 2008 the greatest match of all time. With the same winner.

With the glorious sight of clay court tennis still fresh in our minds, it's time for a whole different cup of tea. Grass court tennis. Purists will love the sight of fast paced, aggressive tennis. Cynics will have something to moan about the surface speed, but the fact remains, it's still so very different from hardcourts and clay courts.





Starring:

Roger Federer

The 7-time Wimbledon champion is still hungry for more. Got rid of the nasty aftertaste of yet another disappointing defeat at Roland Garros by finally claiming his first title of the year on the grass of Halle. Some say he's well and truly finished this time, but the same was being said last time around when he took home another Wimbledon trophy by silencing 2011 champion Novak Djokovic and crowd favourite Andy Murray. The defending champion will have his work cut out, but the roof surely is a big advantage for an established indoor player like himself. A few drops of rain at the right time could be just what he needs to clinch a record breaking 18th slam and 8th Wimbledon. Can he do what Rafa managed to do at Roland Garros?



Andy Murray

Could this finally be his time? He's getting ever closer. After a heartbreaking loss in the final last year to Roger Federer, he has bounced back by bulldozing that same Roger Federer in the Olympic final on the grass of Wimbledon. Last week saw him win another Queens title by beating Marin Cilic in the final. Skipped Roland Garros so he could be in tip-top shape for the big one. Arguably the favourite with his impressive grass court results of late. What we know for sure, is that he'll have the crowd's full support. Can it lift him to greatness and the Wimbledon title?



Novak Djokovic

Played some of the finest grass court tennis of his career in 2011 to become Wimbledon champion. Afterwards has looked shaky on his least favourite surface and questions are being raised if his 2011 run was a one-off occasion. Lost to Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro at the Olympics, and Federer had defeated him a while earlier at Wimbledon. The bookies have made him the hot favourite despite the doubts. Is probably still having nightmares about some crucial points that cost him against Nadal at the French Open. Can he redeem himself and win his seventh slam?



Rafael Nadal

Well, well, well, what can be said about Rafa Nadal? Seven tournament wins out of nine finals, first man to win the same slam eight times and easily the leader in the ATP race. The two-time former champion is the big question mark at Wimbledon this year. Although the nine finals are very impressive, eight of those have come on clay. And despite him winning his only tournament off-clay on the hardcourts of Indian Wells, how he'll perform and how his knees hold up away from the red dirt is something that we will have to find out. Suffered a shocking round 2 exit against Lukas Rosol in 2012, which showed again that he is vulnerable to big hitters early on in the tournament. Even at Roland Garros he had trouble. Once he gets past the first week though, be afraid, because he has been there before, knows what it takes and when he sees the finish line, he is not one to slow down.



Dark Horses

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. A notoriously great grass court player who can catch fire at any time. Still lacks the consistency to be named among the big favourites, but look out if he has an on-day.

Tomas Berdych. Former Wimbledon finalist, with several big wins on the grass. Crashed out in R1 to Ernest Gulbis last year and won't want to let this happen again.

Tommy Haas. 35 years old, or young more like it. Rolling back the years and a fine grass courter looking for one last dreamrun.

Juan Martin Del Potro. Olympic bronze medalist. Grass isn't his favourite surface, but he can certainly play on it.

Jerzy Janowicz. Had a nice run here last time and can do serious damage with his big serve and heavy groundstrokes. Whether he can keep it up for long enough is a big if.

Ernests Gulbis. Huge hitter. Probably the most dangerous unseeded player out there. Failed against a rejuvinated Monfils at the French, won't be in danger of meeting him again.

Grigor Dimitrov. After several disappointing losses recently, this can be just what he needs. Has all the tools to excel on grass, just needs that big breakthrough.

Xavier Malisse. Won't win it, but he is one of the better grass court players around and can have a good run with the right draw. All or nothing most likely, book a R1 exit or a R4/QF run.

Lukas Rosol. Probably won't back up his fairytale moment from last year, but all eyes will be on him regardless, especially if he gets a marquee player or dare we dream, a rematch with Rafael Nadal?
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well, nice intro, but isn't it a bit premature? The draw will be out on Friday. What are we supposed to talk about here before we actually see the draw?
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Looking forward to my favourite Slam of the year.
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This should finally become THAT slam when Hewitt has a favourable draw.
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well, nice intro, but isn't it a bit premature? The draw will be out on Friday. What are we supposed to talk about here before we actually see the draw?
The weather, Fedal, WWW, etc.

MTF always has rubbish to talk, and a thread like this may clean up some of the other threads.
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What an ugly photo of Nadal. Was it your best? Other members of Big 4 are all cool there.
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No point even discussing anything. Murray will take the title regardless of the draw.
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The biggest talking point to me is who will get Nadal in their quarter, will probably just be Ferrer
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we all know how the draw will be. Easy for Murray and he still won't win
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Janowicz and Rosol as dark horses made me laugh my ass off
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Mallise ?
Is Pashanski a dark horse now?...he also won today
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Not dark horses for the title, just players who can cause a few surprises. Of course RosLol and Malisse aren't winning the title.
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He's at least right that Rosol's place in the draw will be looked for. Janowicz? Perhaps not so much. Losing to Basic, who lost to Zverev, who lost 0-6, 0-6 to Federer was not an indication of grass greatness to come imo.

Youzhny is a much better grass player, but noone will seriously believe he can take down a top-4 so his place in the draw won't be very anticipated.
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What an ugly photo of Nadal. Was it your best? Other members of Big 4 are all cool there.
I like it, shows grit and determination, but also the struggle and pain from last year.
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