Wimbledon Day 3 Preview (The Men)

23 Jun

The first two days of Wimbledon have brought much excitement to fans from both near and far the All-England Club.  Tomorrow should be no different with Venus and Federer highlighting action.  Even after Federer’s atrocious first rounder, he still sits atop the draw and should never be written off.  In that case, I will discuss his second round match-up with the Serbian qualifier Ilia Bozoljac.

(1) Roger Federer (SUI) vs. (Q) Ilia Bozoljac (SRB)

I will admit, I have never seen Bozoljac play, so I cannot assume anything from him, but I can take into account Federer’s first round match with Falla.  For me, after saving the three break points at 4-all in the 3rd set, Federer became Federer again and while I still doubt he will win in two weeks time, I have a strong feeling that he will pull through tomorrow and beat the Serbian qualifier, but not without a fight.  But, without a doubt, Federer will prevail and move onto the 3rd round where he could meet grass-court specialist Feliciano Lopez of Spain.

Pick: Federer in 3

You think the number one ranking isn't on his mind this fortnight? We'll just have to see...

(3) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. (Q) Taylor Dent (USA)

I can’t help but get excited about this match-up.  An established serve and volleyer against a seemingly struggling baseline master.  This match could go one of two ways: first, Djokovic could take momentum from his come from behind win against Rochus that took place under the Wimbledon lights and firmly outclass Dent, or Dent could rise to the occasion and catch a tired Djokovic on a surface that hasn’t been his favorite throughout the years.  Whatever transpires on Centre Court tomorrow afternoon will be exciting and is definatly a must see second rounder.

Pick: Djokovic in 5 tough sets

Does he have the energy to take out an inspired American?

Michael Llodra (FRA) vs. (5) Andy Roddick (USA)

This has the makings to be a very interesting match with two men who are very comfortable on the grass courts.  Both men have grass court titles on their resumes: Llodra (2004, 2005-s-Hertogenbosch, 2010- Eastbourne) Roddick (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007- Queen’s Club). Both men have experience on their sides in terms of coaching as Roddick is coached by the legendary Larry Stefanki and Llodra is being coached by 2006 Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo. (Yes, Amelie will be at Wimbledon tomorrow).  If Roddick serves to the best of his capabilities then it should go his way, but if he lets Llodra into net too often things could get dicey for last year’s finalist.

Pick: Roddick in 4, maybe 5 sets

Roddick is looking to advance to the 3rd round of Wimbledon once again.

Other men to watch:

Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) vs. (15) Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)- former men’s champion in action.  Don’t forget he beat Federer a few weeks ago in Halle. Pick: Hewit in 4.

Conclusion of Isner- Mahut: In think that the big man, as Brad Gilbert would put it, has the edge in the final set and will come good, as Mary Carillo would say, in the final set.


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