The grass-court major is underway in England as Roger Federer easily defeated Dominik Hrbaty (6-3, 6-2, 6-3) in his first round match. Other ranked seeds to win yesterday include number 3 Novak Djokivic (7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0) and number 5 David Ferrer (7-6, 6-3, 1-3, retired). Number 7 David Nalbandanian was the only high ranked seed to lose in the first round, falling to Frank Dancevic (6-4, 6-2, 6-4). Rafael Nadal is currently in action against German Andreas Beck and Nadal has taken the first set 6-4. Four seed Nikolay Davydenko is also in action against a German. He’s facing Benjamin Becker and has dropped the first two sets (4-6, 4-6) so he will need a comeback to make it into the second round.
Looking at the bracket as a whole, it is clear that Nadal has a much easier draw then Federer. Federer could see a fourth round match up of Lleyton Hewitt or Fernando Gonzalez and a quarterfinal match against David Ferrer. Those are two tough opponents to face before even reaching the semifinals. If he does reach the semis, the number one ranked player in the world could face third seed Novak Djokivic. Nadal, on the other hand, would face Richard Stepanek in the fourth round and 8th seed Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals. If he reaches the final four, Nadal could face Davydenko or 6 seed Andy Roddick. With Davydenko losing, it only makes Nadal’s draw easier. However, I still expect Federer to make the Finals as he is just too good on grass. For the first time in a couple years though, I think Nadal has a legitimate chance of upsetting Federer. Nadal is coming off a victory at the Tour Artois Championship, a grass court event, and defeated Federer easily in the French Open. A finals match up between the number one and number two ranked players in the world would be unbelievable and I expect it to happen.
Here are some of my predictions for Wimbledon 2008:
2. Nadal defeats 1. Federer in Finals
1. Federer defeats 3. Djokovic in Semifinals
2. Nadal defeats 9. Blake in Semifinals
1. Federer defeats 5. Ferrer in Quarterfinals
3. Djokovic defeats 10. Baghdatis in Quarterfinals
9. Blake defeats 4. Davydenko in Quarterfinals
2. Nadal defeats 12. Murray in Quarterfinals
1. Federer defeats 20. Hewitt in Fourth Round
5. Ferrer defeats 22. Verdasco in Fourth Round
3. Djokovic defeats 21. Ferrero in Fourth Round
10. Baghdatis defeats Dancevic in Fourth Round
9. Blake defeats 6. Roddick in Fourth Round
4. Davydenko defeats 24. Nieminen in Fourth Round
12. Murray defeats Grosjean in Fourth Round
2. Nadal defeats 17. Youzhny in Fourth Round
4 thoughts on “2008 Wimbledon”
Quite frankly, I’m not much for Tennis. But it would be nice to see Venus & Sarina Williams face off in the championship round. It would defenitally the Tennis version of a Manning Bowl championship game.
How about a Nadal vs Federer final? Federer going for his 6th straight Wimbledon and Nadal trying to become the first Spanish player since Bjorn Borg to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year. I’d say that sounds pretty exciting thought Venus vs Serena would be good as well
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