Big 4 Still Standing as Wimbledon Heads Into Second Week

As we head into the second week of Wimbledon 2017 the big four and 8 out of the top 10 seeds are still left standing. There is also only three unseeded players left in the draw including Paire, Anderson, and Mannarino.

So things are shaping up nicely but Murray and Djokovic have by far the easier draws left of the big four. Djokovic, in particular, is having it quite good with his first round opponent retiring and not having faced a seed for the first four rounds. Even the 15th seed Monfils lost to Mannarino. It just goes to show you that draws don’t necessarily mean anything.

That said, Djokovic has been playing well and it probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference who he faced. Today he defeated one of the surprises of the Championships Gulbis 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(2). It was a slow start but once Djokovic found Gulbis’ forehand it was one unforced error after the other and Gulbis never recovered.

Federer was next on center court who defeated Zverev 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-4. I have not been particularly impressed with Federer so far. He was nervous in the first set against Lajovic and today again in the first set he dropped serve after going up an early break. I mean losing serve to Zverev who is not exactly known for his return game is unusual for Federer.

Federer may be feeling the pressure of winning that record 8th Wimbledon title but we will see how it goes against Dimitrov. Dimitrov’s opponent Sela retired today after dropping the first two sets 6-1, 6-1. Dimitrov has a poor 0-5 record against Federer but having seen Federer I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a close match.

Raonic plays Zverev and hasn’t been very impressive this grass court season. I can see Zverev winning that which would be another tough opponent for Federer even though he made short work of him in Halle.

Djokovic has a much friendlier draw because Mannarino has nothing to really hurt him with while Thiem or Berdych shouldn’t be a problem if he keeps up his good form. There is no guarantee that he will but so far this grass court season things have gone well for him and after exactly a year’s slump things seem to be finally falling into place for him again.

In the top half, you’d think Murray will come through Paire and the winner of Anderson and Querrey as well. Nadal has it tough with Muller and Cilic but unlike Federer, he has been very convincing. Muller is playing well but I don’t think he can defeat Nadal. If someone can it is Cilic but I think Nadal will likely make the final.

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  1. Nice update, Ru-an. I’m a little suprised that Nadal has done as well as he has. It’s not that surprising considering he’s had a great season. But out of the big four, Nadal is the one who looks the sharpest at the moment, and that’s a little bit of a surprise on grass. You’d think he would be a little fatigued after the clay season, but he’s continueing to dominate his opponents with clay court mastery in Wimbledon. What’s wrong with that picture? The courts seem to be in pretty poor condition this year, and it’s probably helping Nadal a lot. Will be interesting to see if there’ll be any grass left by the end of next week.

    I saw Djokovic’s match, and it looks like he’s improving steadily. From what I’ve seen, he hasn’t really excelled so far, but he appears to have gotten over his wildly inconsisent patches and looks very solid. I agree, that Federer hasn’t looked that convincing yet, but at least he has gotten through his matches in straight sets. Although, it’s not a good sign that he gets nervous playing against a nobody. Makes you wonder how he’s gonna cope if/when Nadal or Djokovic stands at the other side of the net. He still has a shot, but we’ll see what happens in the second week. To win he will probably have to play Djokovic and Nadal back to back, assuming the seeds hold up, and that might prove too much. But we’ll see. Anything is possible if he can find his peak level.

    It’s a pity Federer and Djokovic are in the same half. I fear they might be the only two players who have a chance against Nadal at the moment. If a Fed-Djoko semi-final becomes a reality, then it could easily become a match that goes the distance as many of their matches have in the past. I fear this would leave the winner exhausted and unfit to stop Nadal in a potential final. But there’s still a long way before that scenario is a possibility, so there’s no point worrying too much.

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    bartelbe Reply:

    Nadal has basically had 3 weeks off, not surprising he looks fresh. I still think he looks vulnerable to a big server/hitter playing well. Muller could get him.

    Murray looks dead on his feet, he definitely looks like he is playing injured. One 5 set match, not impossible with the way he goes walkabout and he is in big trouble.

    I would pick Federer, His serve is exceptional, so well placed and difficult to read. Even on a slow grass court that gives him a massive advantage. If he is serving well, nobody is getting it back, including Djokovic.

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    Eren Reply:

    Unfortunately for Federer, he hasn’t got the Pete Sampras serve. If Fed had that one, then Djokovic would have no chance.

    You can be the greatest returner in the history of the sport, but if there’s nothing to reach, you’re left without a sniff of a chance.

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    bartelbe Reply:

    Federer’s serve may not be one of fastest, but it is very difficult to read. He hits them all with pretty much the same action.

    Most years have Murray as either the world’s best or second best returner and he struggles to return Federer’s delivery.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    ‘He hits them all with pretty much the same action.’

    So did Sampras. Djokovic is 2-0 vs Federer in Wimbledon finals, 3-1 in slams finals, and won their last 4 slam meetings. I think there is more than enough evidence that Djokovic handles Federer’s serve with ease.

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    Eren Reply:

    Federer’s first serve is a weapon but his second serve is pathetic. I think Sampras had a better second serve than that.

    Federer only stands a chance only if he serves extremely well.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Federer’s 2nd serve is far from pathetic. It’s one of the best in the sport. Sampras’ 2nd serve was probably the best ever.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks, BE. And yes there is still a long way to go. It doesn’t matter all that much that Nadal looked great in the first week or Federer vulnerable for that matter. The real tournament begins tomorrow. The tournament is won in the second week not the first. None of the big 4 have faced really tough competition either.

    Tomorrow we will find out more about Federer and Nadal because they both have tough opponents. As for Djokovic, I saw an interview with Agassi and he said the goal is to improve every match. Why would you want to peak early? I guess Nadal has to do that to be taken seriously on grass. But for Djokovic, it is just about the next match which is Mannarino and trying to improve a little more.

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