Wimbledon second Monday predictions

1 Jul

As I have been helpfully reminded by a very close advisor, there is no play on the “middle Sunday” at Wimbledon. But, there is play – a whole bunch of it – on the second Monday. Below are my predictions for the big day of tennis, on the men’s side.

Djokovic over Haas (should be the most entertaining match of the day; love Haas’ resurgence)

Tomic over Berdych (the Aussie is looking good and ready to break-thru)

Ferrer over Dodig (Dodig is lucky to still be in the tournament; in some sense, so is Ferrer, who escaped a rough one against 26-seed Dolgopolov, the poor man’s Marcelo Rios, in the third-round)

Delpo over Seppi (Delpo looks like he wants to do something on the grass)

Mannarino over Kubot (this would be the most boring match of the tournament so far, if one of my best friends weren’t Polish; I love you, Bugaj)

Janowicz over Melzer (although my respect for Melzer – who saw thru a 14-12 fifth-set victory, with James Blake, in doubles, despite the fact that he was moving along nicely in the singles draw and needs all the energy he can get – is enormous, Janowicz is a unique talent, who will win a major one day; he might not get it done this year, but he’s headed to the semis)

Verdasco over De Schepper (I’ve always liked Verdasco’s game a lot, and am pumped to see the draw opening for him this year to make an unexpected run)

Murray over Youzhny (Murray’s going all the way; the only place Youzhny is going is to the retirement home, or the Duma, or both!)

Should be a great day of tennis!


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