Wimbledon Draw

Novak Djokovic SRB (1)
Juan Carlos Ferrero ESP
Ryan Harrison USA
Yen-Hsun Lu TPE

Benjamin Becker GER
James Blake USA
Sergiy Stakhovsky UKR
Radek Stepanek CZE (28)

Marcel Granollers ESP (24)
Viktor Troicki SRB
Martin Klizan SVK
Juan Ignacio Chela ARG

Jeremy Chardy FRA
Filippo Volandri ITA
Leonardo Mayer ARG
Juan Monaco ARG (15)
Nicolas Almagro ESP (12)
Olivier Rochus BEL
Guillaume Rufin FRA
Steve Darcis BEL

Carlos Berlocq ARG
Ruben Bemelmans BEL
Tobias Kamke GER
Richard Gasquet FRA (18)

Florian Mayer GER (31)
Dmitry Tursunov RUS
Philipp Petzschner GER
Blaz Kavcic SLO

Simone Bolelli ITA
Jerzy Janowicz POL
Ernests Gulbis LAT
Tomas Berdych CZE (6)

Roger Federer SUI (3)
Albert Ramos ESP
Fabio Fognini ITA
Michael Llodra FRA

Adrian Menendez-MacEiras ESP
Michael Russell USA
Gilles Muller LUX
Julien Benneteau FRA (29)

Fernando Verdasco ESP (17)
Jimmy Wang TPE
Grega Zemlja SLO
Josh Goodall GBR

Xavier Malisse BEL
Marinko Matosevic AUS
Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA
Gilles Simon FRA (13)
John Isner USA (11)
Alejandro Falla COL
Paolo Lorenzi ITA
Nicolas Mahut FRA

Igor Andreev RUS
Oliver Golding GBR
Denis Istomin UZB
Andreas Seppi ITA (23)

Mikhail Youzhny RUS (26)
Donald Young USA
Inigo Cervantes ESP
Flavio Cipolla ITA

Ryan Sweeting USA
Potito Starace ITA
David Nalbandian ARG
Janko Tipsarevic SRB (8)

David Ferrer ESP (7)
Dustin Brown GER
Kenny De Schepper FRA
Matthias Bachinger GER

Wayne Odesnik USA
Bjorn Phau GER
Jamie Baker GBR
Andy Roddick USA (30)

Kei Nishikori JPN (19)
Mikhail Kukushkin KAZ
Andrey Kuznetsov RUS
Florent Serra FRA

Go Soeda JPN
Igor Kunitsyn RUS
Robin Haase NED
Juan Martin Del Potro ARG (9)
Marin Cilic CRO (16)
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe GER
Tatsuma Ito JPN
Lukasz Kubot POL

Vasek Pospisil CAN
Sam Querrey USA
Santiago Giraldo COL
Milos Raonic CAN (21)

Kevin Anderson RSA (32)
Grigor Dimitrov BUL
Albert Montanes ESP
Marcos Baghdatis CYP

Ivo Karlovic CRO
Dudi Sela ISR
Nikolay Davydenko RUS
Andy Murray GBR (4)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA (5)
Lleyton Hewitt AUS
Edouard Roger-Vasselin FRA
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ESP

Lukas Lacko SVK
Adrian Ungur ROU
Jurgen Melzer AUT
Stanislas Wawrinka SUI (25)

Bernard Tomic AUS (20)
David Goffin BEL
Jesse Levine USA
Karol Beck SVK

James Ward GBR
Pablo Andujar ESP
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo ESP
Mardy Fish USA (10)
Feliciano Lopez ESP (14)
Jarkko Nieminen FIN
Brian Baker USA
Rui Machado POR

Matthew Ebden AUS
Benoit Paire FRA
Alex Bogomolov Jr. RUS
Alexandr Dolgopolov UKR (22)

Philipp Kohlschreiber GER (27)
Tommy Haas GER
Jurgen Zopp EST
Malek Jaziri TUN

Lukas Rosol CZE
Ivan Dodig CRO
Thomaz Bellucci BRA
Rafael Nadal ESP (2)

Hi guys, it’s been a while. I have been working long hours this week but there wasn’t much going on tennis wise anyway. The last time I made a post was before the Halle final and I was certain Roger would win, but he lost to Haas in straight sets. He did however have a cold which I think may have been the reason for him losing, Not that having a cold is an excuse, but I don’t know how he felt. The point is that it wasn’t that big a deal anyway. He won the important match against Raonic and he will feel pretty good after his week in Halle. I’m just happy for Haas and Roger is too. Sure he would have liked to win yet another Halle title but he can take positives out of the week and sometimes being happy for your opponent can put you in a good state of mind too.

Now getting to the Wimbledon draw which looks pretty promising for Roger. He is in Djokovic’s half of the draw again just like the French Open and it is something that happens a lot. It doesn’t really matter whether he is in Djokovic or Nadal’s draw to me anyway. A lot can happen before the semis but I guess being in Djokovic’s half gives Roger a better chance of making the final. Up until the semis Roger’s draw looks pretty easy. The highest seed in his quarter is Tipsarevic. The toughest guy in his quarter of the draw is probably Isner though. Isner is always dangerous if he makes the quarters to face Roger. In Roger’s 8th of the draw I don’t see anyone who can challenge him. He should get to the quarters with relative ease.

Like I said if he then faces Isner it could be a challenge and should be good preparation for facing Djokovic. If he faces Djokovic in the semis it’s anyone’s guess who would win. But I give Roger a fair shot at beating him. I see Kohlschreiber is not far from Nadal in the draw and of course he beat Nadal in Halle. Nadal will probably reverse that result but you never know. Tsonga and Murray is also in Nadal’s half of the draw, as well as Del Potro who gave Nadal a tough match last year. So even though he is the favorite to make the final there will be some tests along the way. As usual it comes down to the top three guys. Murray hasn’t impressed of late but I guess he has the potential to beat Nadal.

Nadal will be confident after winning the French but then he had that loss to Kohlschreiber. Djokovic will also be pretty confident after his French Open display and he is also the defending champ. All of the top three is confident and all of them will have a chance to win the title. It’s a big challenge for Roger to win the title but he will be up for it and look forward to it. It would be a dream scenario if he wins the the title and in the process win his 17th slam and 7th Wimbledon title. I won’t be able to watch any of the tennis and we are going to a small town that probably doesn’t have Internet so I may not even be able to watch highlights. I will see what I can do about blogging.

I believe…

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  1. Welcome back Ruan. enjoy your time in the US and your work and everything. we will be thinking of you while watching Fed with our fingers crossed.

    he has a good draw and i hope he makes the most out of it (= winning the title).
    the problem in last 2 yrs was never the draw, no? it was facing Rafa \ Djoko in SF. Fed has to bring his A game to the big matches as he use to do so well in hiseui[] prime. maybe Tsonga \ Berdych can give us a hand this time around…

    maybe the stars are aligning for a class 2003 comeback: Hass won Halle, Rodick won Eastbourne, Nalby played Queens final… so Ferrero will upset Djoko and Fed will win the title!!


    Manu Reply:

    So I’m not the only Fed-fan who believes in stars :-)


    Ru-an Reply:

    Great to see you guys. Also nice to see Roger handing out the bakery products today ;-)


  2. Hi Ruan nice to see your post again after a while. I think Roger’s loss in Halle was OK as Haas was playing lights out and I think he deserved winning the title, just liek Roddick in Eastbourne.

    I think Roger and Novak are a lock in the semis now, since Berdych and Isner are now out. However I’m looking forward to the performance of Gulbis, he played exceptionally well today and any other player should be aware of him.

    I missed Roger’s match today since I had to work after school, but when I saw it only took him 79 minutes I knew it was some good performance. There is no full match available online but judging the highlights looks like Roger played well. Hopefully he can find his form here where he has succeeded 6 times before :-)


  3. Although his opponent lacked grass-court experience Roger looked really sharp out there. I liked that he came to the net a lot. A perfect start. Let’s hope he can keep doing it. Looking ahead in his draw, Tipsarevic was impressive against Nalbandian, who was the disqualified finalist at Queens. Every match here can be a potential upset, so there can be no lapses in form. If Roger is to make it to No.17 there can be no wobbles, even if the real tests don’t come till the end of the second week.


  4. Hi Ru-an, sounds like you’ve been busy. Hope things are going well in America.

    Federer completely swept Ramos away, it was a great display of all-court tennis on grass. Particularly encouraging was the fact that he kept pressing and being aggressive throughout, trying to break as often as possible, rather than breaking once and then coasting on serve. Of course Ramos is not a great mover and he had no idea how to play on grass, but it’s still good that Federer took the opportunity to go on the attack.

    He said afterwards that because he always had such a big lead, he had the luxury of trying out serve-and-volley more often.

    He will need to try to keep the points short if he meets Nadal/Djokovic. It’s easier said than done, but it can only help later on to get some serve-and-volley practice in the early rounds.

    As an aside, the grass was fresh and green, not the chewed-up mess it becomes towards the end of the fortnight. It was the perfect surface for the perfect player to play a perfect match. A pity the final can’t be played on fresh grass!


    V Reply:

    great steve.Completely agree with you.Its definitely a pity taht NAdal or Djokovic wont face Fed on this perfect fast grass.IF they do so,then the scoreline will be pretty much the same with them winning some more games(4 to 6).How good it will be if they keep a fresh set of grass for the final to be played.??


  5. Welcome back Ruan,

    It was really a joy to watch RF on the fresh grass. He was so eager. I really hope he will win his 7th title.


  6. Watched brainless Belluci lose (of course) to Nadal, despite having a double-break in the first set. Much is made of Nadal’s defensive qualities but his opponents usually end up beating themselves. Like Belluci, they often draw the short or weak ball and then fail to finish the point; volleys are routinely butchered, and they get completely screwed up by his defensive junk. He doesn’t have to hit many winners to beat them. They will do most of it themselves. The pro-tour these days seems to be increasingly made up of mindless pounders of the ball, without court sense and virtally no net skills. It doesn’t make for very attractive viewing. But then you see Roger play his game and you think “that’s how tennis should be played”.


    veronica Reply:

    Exactly, Rich, “that’s how tennis should be played”. So pure and beautiful. So graceful and effortless. So perfect and smooth. Poetry in motion. How can any tennis fan not be affected by Fed’s play? And how can watching tennis ever be the same again, ever reach such a perfect state again without Fed?! I dread the future of tennis. Fed is truly a gift from heaven. Btw, Rich, I really like your comments, keep them coming!!


    steve Reply:

    To be completely fair to Nadal, he did make an adjustment when he was down 0-4: instead of trying to pound his forehand, he started slicing the ball. Literally every time.

    Not with any particular purpose, not to move his opponent around the court or set up for a winner–just slicing every single ball and waiting for Bellucci to make errors, which he obligingly did to choke away his four-game lead.

    This is an example of what the commentators call Nadal’s “tactical variation”–switching from a constant, monotonous barrage of topspin to a constant, monotonous barrage of backspin. And this kind of thing is held up by the Nadalites as incontrovertible proof that their man isn’t just a one-trick pony, but is indeed a brilliant and subtle shotmaker.

    To borrow a metaphor from American football, Nadal doesn’t head-fake his opponents; he makes them head-fake themselves.

    His opponents are like men hypnotized: they repeatedly walk zombie-like head-on into his strengths and repeatedly fall for his most childishly obvious stratagems, and get mowed down every time. And even the great Roger Federer has been many times guilty of this.

    How many times have players attempted to attack the Nadal forehand after having apparently gotten him on the defensive, thinking, “He won’t really be able to get there and nail that sucker on the dead run, will he?”

    The answer: yes, yes he will. Every single time. We’ve seen it demonstrated umpteen times, we don’t feel any particular need to see it demonstrated yet again.

    It’s not enough just to kinda sorta move Nadal a little bit out of the way and hope you can hit a winner into the tiny semi-opening you’ve created; that way lies folly. But everyone still does this, when they know in their heart of hearts that Nadal is just going to sprint to it and drill it right back at them.

    Deep down they know it and that’s why they slap their foreheads and groan audibly after they do it–and then they do it again and again until they’ve lost the match!

    To beat him, you have to really MOVE him off the court and then go for it. It can be done, but most players just don’t have the patience to do it, even if they have the technical skills needed.


  7. Federer v Fognini: once again, ‘how tennis should be played’ by the great Swiss. Watching it I felt someone had just served me a bottle of the finest champagne. A friend also said it was like seeing a painting unfold. Fognini was helpless but had at least the consolation that he participated in a work of art.


    Ru-an Reply:

    Sounds great Rich. I guess the GOAT is back in town.


  8. Federer rolls on with another gorgeous, seemingly-effortless demolition. Fognini didn’t play badly at all, he came up with some great shots at times, but he was comprehensively outmatched at every juncture and in every aspect. Not as much serve-and-volley this time from our man, but he did still stay on the attack rather than just getting one break per set and relying on his serve the rest of the way, and showed his determination to keep the points as short as possible.

    The result: in winning six sets of tennis, Federer has clocked just over two and a half hours on-court.

    Hopefully he can continue in this form for the next week and a half.


    Kyle Reply:

    Fed didn’t come in as much, but was 21/23 net so that is really good. RF seems to be extremely sharp and after speaking about how he was passive the past two years, the aggression seems to be reaching the levels it was at in his prime.


    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks for the comments Steve. You remain a loyal supporter of my blog even though I have started a new life. I will make a post soon.


  9. I just loved what I saw yesterday. Sometimes I wonder what I have done to deserve to watch such an extraordinary masterclass on my tv screen. Federer never fails to amaze me. Is 2012 a rebirth for Roger? It remains to be seen. Roger’s game on grass is nearly flawless, which is why I think he is the favorite to reach the Wimbledon final. In addition, I believe Novak is inadequate when playing on grass – paradox and funny since he’s the defending champion. Nobody denies that his game is inferior to Roger’s when it comes to footwork and the net game. I feel that grass somehow “absorbs” Djokovic and transforms him to a player who has doubts about his choices on the court. I won’t be surprised if the Mighty Fed beats Djokovic in straight sets.


    Ru-an Reply:

    It’s funny how Fedfans have suddenly transformed since the FO isn’t it George? They were ready to write him off and now they are praising him again.


  10. Hi Ruan, I hope you’re well. It’s a pity you are missing out on watching Wimby. ;-)

    I am glad to see Roger enjoying himself at a slam rather than scraping through like he did at the FO. I hope he can take it all the way :-)


    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Katarina. I told you guys Roger wasn’t mentally quite there at the FO. He is cleary more motivated and for Wimby and it is showing in his game. Can’t wait to see him play tomorrow :-)


  11. Where’s Ruan? I know he is probably exploring the heartland but enough already. I need my fix.


    Ru-an Reply:

    Hi Dave, I’m here. Actually have a few days off and I’m watching tennis! Roger isn’t playing today but I will get to watch his match tomorrow :-) Maybe I will even get time for a blog post today. I miss you guys!


  12. Speaking of coming to the net,yesterday Djokovic came to the net 40 times which is 17 more than Roger himself did.So What is happening to these two guys at Wimbledon.Just coming to the net.Sounds Great.ALL THE BEST TO OUR MAN.


  13. Ru-an’s Federer blog is becoming more lively again….
    Great….miss you, Ru-an, looking forward to your analysis of Roger’s game tomorrow. Good Luck, Roger, keep up the good work. #7, #17 will be yours this year, the lucky sevens.


  14. And rafa is out of wimbledon…Why did it almost feel like GS 17 for roger or i am out of my mind…Anyway rosol has just shown some hope against this slugfest champion.


  15. Lukas Rosol just played the greatest tennis match anyone has ever played. WOW. Nerves of STEEL. 20 winners and 2 unforced errors in the 5th set alone!


  16. Fellow Fed Fans/Family,(pause in respective 1 min silence for the “demise” of the humble bull whose nostrils ran out of smoke)- THIS IS THE BEST FRICKIN’ DAY OF MY ENTIRE LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    steve Reply:

    LOLs, Veronica!

    I’m certainly not sad that Nadal lost, but I’m saving my jubilation for when Federer wins the trophy.

    Aside from temporarily giving him the #2 ranking, Nadal’s defeat doesn’t affect our man unless he makes it to the final.

    He’s still gotta play four more matches just to make it to the title fight. And as we saw today, nothing is certain–he will have to play well against every single opponent, whether they’re ranked #1 or #100.


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