You say mono, I say duo.

No predictions from me, as promised. I dare say you’ll read enough of it in the next few days anyway. Some thoughts on the draw and just a little shoutout to a notable first round match – Roger Federer v Lu Yen-Hsun.


Of all the people Roger could’ve gotten for round 1, he gets “mono guy”. Yup folks, Lu came down with mono just before Roland Garros, where he had to retire against Mathieu Moncourt. I’m not sure how well he’s recovered, but when fit, he can be a tricky and talented opponent. I’ve only seen Lu play a few times. No big weapons, but doesn’t make a lot of errors either, and volleys wells. You might remember him bringing down Bandy in 5 sets at the Aus Open earlier this year, or ending British hopes at the Olympics last year against Murray. Not to be underestimated. 


Can we get a Gavin Rossdale cheerleading team this year?


So – the Wimbledon draws are out! Let meaningless overanalysis begin.

I’ll say this much – cupcakes turn into muffins, which then turn to bricks. Never dismiss any section of the draw. I certainly thought Rafa had a dead easy path to the final at Roland Garros. Look how that turned out. 


Meaningless Draw Analysis: The Fab Eight

1. People Rafa should be scared of – errr everyone? Hewitt second round, what? This is what happens when you don’t seed Lleyton Hewitt. Shame on your Wimblydondon.

I’m not dismissing Nadal though. Why would anyone be that stupid? Even with those wobbly knees.


2. People Roddick should be scared of – Davydenko, Mathieu. Foetus Fed – Grigor Dimitrov? I don’t think so. Jeremy Chardy first round ain’t exactly a cupcake either.


3. People Andy Murray should be scared of – so should Andy really be scared of Ernests Gulbis? The guy who lost to Alberto Martin on GRASS last week. Unless Ernie pulls a hat trick, it’s beat-down time second round, if he even makes it that far. Murray’s ability to avoid land mines in the first week will depend on his return of serve, with Kendrick and Dent both in his section of the draw. Yes, and the heartbreaker Marat Safin as well.


4. People Gilles Simon should be scared of – ummm … himself

I’d say Gonzo is coming through this section. But how’s Blake v Santoro for a first round match? 


5. People Juan Martin del Potro should be scared of – Tommy Haas and Marin Cilic. 


6. People Novak Djokovic should be scared of – himself, but otherwise a relatively easy path to the quarters. Except for maybe Mardy Fish.


7. People Fernando Verdasco should be scared of – let’s face it, Verdasco ain’t gonna go the distance. At least not given his recent performances.

Tsonga on the other hand is one guy we should all be scared of. Especially Roger Federer. As much as I love the Frenchman and just want to eat him with chocolate pudding, his ability to just catch on fire and burn only half way through the draw is truly fearsome and frustrating at the same time.

Ivo Karlovic too? Surely the guy wants an annual payday?


8. People Roger Federer should be scared of – everyone. At least according to Dootsie. According to the rest of the world – no one. 

But really? Kohlschreiber, potentially a third round opponent, just beat Novak Djokovic 3 weeks ago, and made semi in Halle. It’ll also be interesting to see how Sodering follows up his Roland Garros run, or not. Theoretically grass is more suited to his game than clay.



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