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Wimbledon Draw 2014 – Federer and Nadal in Same Half

The most important Slam of the year is almost upon us and the draw came out at 10am this morning. Federer, bidding for his 8th Wimbledon title finds himself in Nadal's half of the draw which of course means Murray and Djokovic are in the other.

In terms of the draw seucring the 4th seed sport was extemely important for Roger as it means he won't face Nadal until the semi finals. Winning a slam is a tall order for a player in their thirties but you have to say grass is probably Roger's best chance at scooping #18 and a favourable draw like this one definitely helps. You can see his seeded opponents below:

Federer's Projected Opponents

  • Round 1: Paolo Lorenzi
  • Round 2: Julien Benneteau
  • Round 3: Marcel Granollers
  • Round 4: Jerzy Janowicz
  • Quarter Final: Stan Wawrinka
  • Semi Final: Rafael Nadal
  • Final: Novak Djokovic / Andy Murray

Full .PDF Draw

Thoughts on the Draw

Federer Wimbledon Practice 2014

Very workable is the best way to describe this one and Roger has quite an easy path through to the second week when compared to the 3 seeds in front of him. I'm not looking that far ahead as we saw first hand last year that Roger can be upset early but for the purpose of this post let's take a look at some of his projected opponents πŸ™‚

First up he'll take on Paulo Lorenzi whom he's never played before. Lorenzi has never won a Main Draw Grand Slam Match in his career and I think he'll be 0 and 13 after next Tuesday.

In the 2nd round we will potentially get a rematch of the 2012 third round against Julien Benneteau however I think Gilles Muller is coming through their first round match. Muller is handy on grass and he beat Nadal at Wimbledon in 2005. Muller is 0-3 vs. Federer but they have played a couple of tight sets at the USO in 2008 and let's not forget Muller is a lefty who can make things difficult for the Swiss. Despite that I pick Fed in 3.

Third round is seeded to be Marcel Granollers but has no pedigree on grass and faces the serve & volley of Mahut in the first round who's bound to test him and I think he will play Roger in the third round. Mahut doesn't have the psychology to beat Federer though and I think Fed makes it through to Manic Monday without really too much difficulty.

His fourth round opponent could well be last years beaten Semi Finalist Jerzy Janowicz however he's been in very poor form this year. He's fortunate as there aren't too many threats to him other than Hewitt in the 2nd round who is match tough on grass so could cause the upset. Maybe even Mannarino can come through this section of the draw.

The Quarter Final is potentially an all Swiss affair but Wawrinka's poor record on grass + recent illness could count against him here. He has a tough first round too against Joao Sousa who showed he can play on this surface in Halle vs. Federer. I'm throwing Turusnov into the mix as a Quarter Finalist from this part of the draw.

After that we're into the business end and Nadal is Roger's seeded semi final opponent. I'm not sure Nadal can make the semi's here but he if he does I do struggle to see how Federer would stop him. The grass in the 2nd week bounces higher and plays slower, Nadal will be used to the surface and his ownage of Fed in slams always comes to the fore. But anyway, we'll address that match if it happens πŸ˜€

Elsewhere in the Draw

Murray Wimbledon Draw 2014

I'll start with defending champion Murray who will kick off the tournament with the first match on Centre Court on Monday. He has it pretty steady up until the Quarter Finals where he could face recent Queens Winner Dimitrov. Dimitrov has a tame record at slam level though – can he finally step up to the plate? With Murray's draw I see him comfortably making the second week but he's been unpredictable this year so you never know…

Andy Murray Projected Opponents: David Goffin, Pablo Andujar, Roberto Bautista-Agut, Kevin Anderson, Grigor Dimitrov, Novak Djokovic, Federer or Nadal.

I think the most interesting player in the draw this year is Djokovic – he took a huge mental blow at the French, and his grass game isn't really on a par with how he performs on hard courts so will he have a good Wimbledon? No real dangers for him until the Quarters but there are a couple of big servers that he could meet early doors. I hope he's put the French behind him and can put in a solid display at SW19.

Novak Djokovic Projected Opponents: Andrey Golubev, Radek Stepanek, Vasek Pospisil, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Berdych or Gulbis, Murray, Nadal or Federer.

Out of the top 4 seeds Nadal probably has the toughest draw as he faces Klizan first up and could then meet his 2012 conqueror Lukas Rosol in the 2nd round. I have no idea what to really expect from Nadal. I saw signs that he's not winning matches as easily at the French but he's hard to describe as an underdog. Maybe he crashes early, or maybe he wins the whole thing. No real middle ground with this guy.

Rafael Nadal Projected Opponents: Martin Klizan, Lukas Rosol, Ivo Karlovic, Richard Gasquet or GaΓ«l Monfils, Milos Raonic or Kei Nishikori, Roger Federer, Djokovic or Murray.

First Round Matches to Watch Out For

Dustin Brown Wimbledon

  • Mikhial Youzhny vs. James Ward – I think Ward wins here
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Jurgen Melzer – Tsonga is on a poor run of form
  • Dustin Brown vs. Marcos Baghdatis – Biggest entertainer on grass?


  • Federer to make the semi finals
  • Wawrinka to lose first week
  • Hewitt to make 4th Round
  • Tursunov to make the Quarter Final

What do you guys think of the draw? How far can Federer go?


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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    1. atlast a grass court title.
      Looking at the draw it is tougher than what people would expect.julien,wawrinka these are the guys who have troubled federer in past.And SF vs rafa if rafa gets that far obviously fresh,fast grass could be trouble for him rosol in second round?

      1. I doubt it, dhruv. Lightning doesn’t strike twice. I never saw the match, but from what I heard Rosol played inspired tennis. I think Nadal could give him a drubbing this time around.

      2. Curious to see what unfolds if Rosol and Nadal happens again- sue that those two are slated to be in the same round again. Also agree with Alison, don’t think Dull will let that guy take him down again. But doubt Rosol even makes it to the second round, will probably tank to keep the aura. And say Nadal was to lose, he has a back issue currently plaguing him so odds are up on what this match proves this time around

    2. I have been a tennis fan since the 60’s. What is absolutely maddening to me now is the “rigged” first round. I ,yself could set up matches for these 128 players with entirely different “winneres” and “losers”. Something needs to be done to make this first round “FAIR”. If anyone analyses the paring of the players its more than obvious that scouting and minute details of each players strength and weaknesses were dissected. Then they are set up so that it looks like the “favorites” are indeed “winning”. I don’t remember this happening in the past; unless I was just It just seems so wrong If the top 4 players have to be divided into quadrants, so be it; but then let the remaining 124 players be picked spontaneously or at leASt in the OPEN. When I think of the matches I have just witnessed this year,something needs to be done; all people are not in denial and it is the fans who are paying for the sport’; so why can’t it be cleaned up? And what I say of Tennis is true of all sports; I just happen to be a tennis fan.

    1. I don’t know about that- Nadal you have to remember is still a two time Wimbledon champ. Also draw could very much open for him, I think if he makes it through the first week unscathed, could very well have a good chance of winning it all.

      1. I think you’re right, Alysha.

        Anyway, I think Djokovic has a potentially quite nasty draw too, especially if his wrist isn’t 100%.

    1. Agree, if Nadal makes it to the semis with that type of draw, will take a superhuman effort for Fed to get the win.

  1. If Fed reaches the second week, I fully expect him to make the semi-finals. After last year we must take each match at a time and not read too much into the draw because anything can happen! I could even see Fed making the final as I wouldn’t be surprised if Rafa lost early. We’ll see!

  2. Hi Jonathan

    Just read your post with interest (and made it in in 6th place – I think thats my best ever) – on paper it looks like he should get through the first week – but do not like Benneteau in the 2nd round – we have seen what he can do – you have also answered a really important questions for me as you said in your post he will be playing on Tuesday – if that is the case (and I am sure your would not lead me astray – I will be seeing him play – as long as they keep him to centre court!!) – am excited already – I just hope he has a good tournament – and that he could if he plays like we know he can – possibly have number 8 – a girl can dream and also pray- are you going to Wimbledon this year?

    1. I wouldn’t worry about Benneteau. 2 years is a long time and he has aged since then.

      Hope you get to see Fed. Only way he won’t be on centre is if they see Lorenzi as a non event. Haven’t looked at the other matches but I think Nadal / Klizan is definitely going to be on centre.


  3. The question is Nadal will throw away this tournament like last year?I hope so.Murray have cake draw till QF but QF will be really tough since doesn’t have victories top players this year. But I’ll never underestimate his luck, may be Novak will fall before SF and FEDAL gets knock outed early as last year. Then Murray will beat Gasquet in another accelerating, jaw dropping final as 2013 to fluke another Wimbledon.

    But seriously I want Nole to beat Murray this year, as he simply donated 2 slams to this guy, No donations to pushers please!

    1. [The question is Nadal will throw away this tournament like last year?

      No. Because this time he has the No.1 ranking at stake. Trust me, Nadal absolutely wants to win this one.

  4. I have to say I see Federer with a lot of chances after the draw, really easy. It is gonna depend if he faces Nadal or not who has one of the toughest draws I have seen these last years.

  5. Wow, plays really fast on grass, guys!
    Thanks for the quick and neat draw post, Jonathan. Glad Fed has a decent one thanks to his 4th seed place. One match at a time, I know, though I can’t help but dreaming No. 8/18/80, Allez!

  6. I don’t know if anyone has cared to notice but as we discuss the chances of our beloved Swiss at Wimbledon, elsewhere, a bunch of Swiss are self destructing against France. Any hopes of a backdoor to the second round are now fast fading away 😐

      1. Get over it Pablo, this is the World Cup not the Champions league, also too bad their captain Casillas let the Spanish team down

      2. Bad times for the spanish national team but they don’t deserve to be killed. They not just won everything, they played the best football that the world have ever seen.

    1. Poor defending from the Swiss.

      I don’t rate Benzema though, goes missing in big games. He runs through weak teams but in crunch games he’s anonymous.

      1. That’s false. He usually plays fantastic against Barcelona. He needs more figther to be the best striker in the world but still one of the best without a doubt.

  7. Thanks for your draw analysis, Jonathan. I feel that it is a very decent draw for Roger. Yes, I agree that he should reach semi. I don’t think Benneteau is capable of repeating what he did last year.
    From semi onwards, I don’t feel that Roger would have to be 120% to beat Nadull at all. Roger has aged, so has Nadull. Thus 85% Roger will beat 90% Nadull on grass. The 2012 semi or final Roger will beat 100% Nadull. At the Wimbledon, Roger knows that rallies will be different and he will have plenty of chances to approach net. So, he will not be metally tired out with Nadull sending all the balls back. I don’t see that current Nadull is able to come up with the kind of passing shorts he delivered in the past on a regular basis. I have a good vibe with Roger reaching final.
    Allez Roger!

    1. If Nadal reaches the Sf would mean he is playing at 100 % and if he is at 100% the surface doesn’t matter he is absolutely unstoppable. Best Passing shot ever.

      1. Sadly agree w Pablo. If they make the semis Rafa is on and i don’t think 2014 32 yr old Roger beats 2014 28 yr old Nadal in a 5 setter – even on grass.

        Of course stranger things have happened, like Rosol and Darci, but yeah – if Rafa makes the semis he makes the final.

      2. Alison, that’s true. However, right after the QF against Dimitrov, a contingent of Spanish doctors paid Nadal a visit to heal his bruise. I think I know what they healed, judging by the way he played in the SF πŸ™‚

      3. No Shamtoot, Stan was possessed that Sunday. Not juice would have been enough to overcome him. Maybe Stan was juiced? Could be true! πŸ™‚

      4. thats my point Sid πŸ˜‰ , even when he was juiced he lost! so juicing up don’t make you ultimate winner πŸ™‚
        ” Maybe Stan was juiced? Could be true!” why not πŸ˜‰

      5. You got it all wrong, Shamtoot. Stan played a very risky game. I watched a re-run of the match (Why not? A Swiss beating the doper, how often does that happen?) Stan played so many shots that would be considered low percentage in the text book. And he pulled it off. It was sort of a once in a lifetime kind of performance. Think Rosol. That’s what you have to play like to overcome dope πŸ™‚ I think you will get the point now. Or maybe not.

      6. Sure I got it Sid, I always do get your points πŸ˜‰
        by the way, yesterday match Vs. Cameron, my kid was crazy and I was so tens at the end of the match about the goal differences, and the chances that we could meet Holland (Katyani πŸ˜‰ ) , but heck, who cares, why not to face them now, although am still not convinced about their performance yet, but its Brasil so GO Brasil πŸ˜‰

      7. Oh my God Shamtoot, we will eat you guys up alive πŸ™‚ Seriously, our coach and our guys have made us believe that we CAN be world champion πŸ™‚ Can you believe it? Ending up first in the “group of death” with all the 9 points? Man, we are so close……

        But…. there is one danger team….. not Brasil but Germany…. they are the most dangerous….
        I can see them be WC….

      8. I was in absolute shock with Brasil at 3-1 and Mexico at 3-0, needing just one goal to top the table. Then…Brasil scored, and Mexico conceded leaving them needing 3 goals. Phew! That was close! πŸ™‚

      9. Katyani, Group B is the group of death? Who told you that? With a pathetic Spanish side and Australia? You’re kidding, right? πŸ™‚ Group H is the true group of death in case you’ve been following the matches.

  8. I feel as though Benneteau should not really be a problem should they meet because he only ever really seems to give Fed trouble when they play indoors. Every other time they’ve played, Roger has schooled him. In 2012, they played under the roof at Wimbledon and Roger scraped through. Then they played at the Olympics without the roof and Roger nailed Benneteau 2 and 2.

  9. I wouldn’t be writing Nadal off the way some have been – I think he knows he is in with a great chance given his big psychological victories over Djok and Murray in the French, and he really wants to nail another couple of Slams soon before he gets too old. I fully expect him to be, ahem, “pumped up” for this one.

    Rog doesn’t have easy draws anymore, though it could have been worse. He’ll have to be absolutely at his peak to do damage at Wimbledon, but of course it is his favourite tournament and there’s still a chance he can surprise us.

    There’s doubts over al the big 4 for different reasons, no clear cut favourite. If I had to pick I would go for Nadal, for the reasons above.

  10. well this is a very solid draw for fed…its just one problem = rafa in the semis…. i think fed has no chances against nadal… fed will make the semis and the final will be nadal vs djokovic… and nadal will win… even if his recently results arent so good on grass i think he will play at his very best level next two weeks…
    but we must believe in roger πŸ™‚

    1. I don’t see how this is believing in Fed.All Fed fans like you are just a joke.Why do you even comment here huh ? Just get lost.

      1. It’s not about having belief Ajay, all of us here believe that Roger has what it takes to win another slam. The problem lies in the reality that Roger probably doesn’t have the mental capacity to beat Rafa in a slam anymore. It’s been what 7 years? Rafa has an incredibly tough draw and if he gets through that and makes it to the semis and meets Roger, Fed will have to play out of his mind to win it.

      2. i didnt mean anything bad…. i watch all federer matches and i really love him…i hope he wins it…. but nadal seems to strong for fed…. 23:10 tells a lot

      3. Look all I am saying is we must believe in Federer.If you guys,the most ardent of Federer fans don’t think Federer can defeat Nadal then nobody else will.

      4. That’s not true at all ^- Last few years have proven that a lot of players actually have what it takes against Nadal on grass. But if Nadal were to make it to the second week, he’s practically a favourite to win. Not saying Roger can’t win the match but not sure he has what it takes mentally to break through. Guess we will see what happens. And lets see if both guys make it through to make that match happen in the first place

  11. Looking at the draw I do think Wimby is pretty open this yr. Fed has a couple of opponents who are really off form, Benneteau &?Janowicz, plus Stan who is pretty unproven on grass. Agree with J, think Muller cld take out Julien! Shld make SF! Nadal despite his draw shld not be underestimated unfortunately, because the weather is very much on his side. Already v dry here, the forecast is same for much of the tournament and the ball will bounce higher and higher on the rye grass for him! Novak clearly still had wrist issues and will b very much one match at a time!
    Murray v Dimitrov! Hmmm cld be a decisive match! Apart from Fed wld love a new player such as Grigor to come thru!
    Allez Fed!

    1. First week is the hardest for Rafa, if he gets through that, no saying what he does. Don’t think Dimitrov does damage at Wimbledon I’m afraid let alone against Murray.

  12. So when was the last time the big four were actually seeded 1-4 in a slam, was it Wimbledon 2012?

    Anyway no surprises, already said Fed was getting Nadal this year at Wimbledon, they want the match they never got last year. Only question that seems to remain if if either Roger and Rafa make it there. Compared to the other three yes Fed got a favourable draw but I’m not too confident. Halle didn’t convince me all that much that Fed’s form is enough to win Wimbledon but putting that aside, all that matters is playing aggressive each match and taking his chances- all about getting through that first week and conserving energy. Quite a fun draw in the mix though, definitely think Hewitt is a dark horse this year like your prediction.

    The thing I’m not sure about is Federer mentally. Still fragile here and there but will take it one match as a time, would be sweet if he can make it to the semis but not gonna have any expectations, also will be especially interesting how far Nadal makes it this year, got a pretty rough draw but as you said the guy is an anomaly on grass.

    My prediction as a whole is that Djoker gets revenge on Muzz and wins a slam after almost a year a half. Depending on who is on the other side of that net come final time probably has a huge impact on that prediction though. Anyway just hoping that Wimbledon isn’t as dull as an affair as it was last year, that was painful. Also Jonathan what do we think, does Sabine keep up the trend and boot out Sharapova, the reigning FO champ?

    1. Agree with you about both Halle and the mental side, Alysha. Roger unfortunately doesn’t seem to be back to the form of 2-3 months ago. Quite honestly, I was far more confident about his chances last year than I am this (I know, I know, look what happened last year …)

    2. If you were confident about his chances last year than you surely have to be confident this year? Been in far better form.

      Bold pick with Djoker Alysha. I’d like to see him win it and bounce back but not sure.

      1. Well, yes, form-wise I agree, but last year I know we said he had a nasty draw, but I could have seen him taking Nadal out in the quarters, and I thought he would have had the edge against Murray, too. Plus I probably got too carried away by the way he played against Hanescu in the first round.

        This year, I think he started off very well – I was really hopeful then – but my impression is that he hasn’t regained his form of the first 3 months thus far. Plus there are these signs of mental weakness that we’re all too well aware of: the non-consolidation of breaks, the losing his serve early in the next set after he’s won (or lost?) the previous one, which I think could cost him dear in a slam. Oh well, I guess we’ll see soon enough.

      2. Yeah can’t predict what will happen with Roger anymore it seems, just gotta hope he gives it all and that we’re in for one hell of a ride!

    3. I agree with your prediction making Nole the champ. Although if he is to play Federer in the final it’s gonna be tough for him.

      1. Fed definitely the favourite against Djoker on grass but if Fed has to play some sort of mammoth semi against Nadal could hurt him.

      2. Fed needs Nadal to be out before SF otherwise hi is out. I still would give Djoko favourite against Fed but close.

  13. Really hope both RF and RN make it to the semis. Would be the showdown of the year. I cannot help but feel I would rather see our man win that battle (even if he then looses the final) than win the whole thing without having to confront Rafa.

    1. Oh no, oh no. If Murray can win it without having to confront Rafa (or anyone else good before the final), then why can’t other people? Given the choice, I’d go for the trophy any day (but preferably beating Rafa en route of course πŸ˜€ )

  14. It’s going to be a good couple of weeks πŸ™‚ . I think that, in contrast to last year when there were question marks over Roger’s physical condition, there are questions marks for the other 3 this year – are Murray’s back issues behind him? What about Nadal, who all but collapsed onto his uncle at the end of RG asking for the doctor? Or Djokovic’s wrist, which led him to withdraw from his grass exhibition match – his ONLY grass preparation for the last several years?

    Of course as we’ve seen before, if these guys can manage to win their first few matches, they can play themselves into form. As others have said, for Nadal in particular, this brings him to a place where the courts have morphed into something closer to his favourite surface.

    Hoping Roger will come in with lots of energy & enthusiasm & win his first match in straights. Not sure what to hope for for round 2 – I’m not familiar with Muller, but a lefty could be excellent practice for Roger. On the other hand we’ve seen what a good workout Benneteau can give Fed if he’s on form.

    From r2 on, I think Fed needs to ask himself to bring his best self to every game – not to obliterate the other guy, but to have the practice at bringing his best self. He’ll need it, at least in patches, to come through r2, and if he doesn’t practice it in subsequent matches I don’t think he’ll have what he needs to make it past QF. Hopefully he will have gotten a lot of confidence & joy from his Halle win, & will improve from that starting level – as several have said, he’ll need to play better, more consistently, to have a chance here. Having said that, I don’t see anything Fed can’t do if he DOES bring his best self.

    Why are so many places talking about his “last chance” to win a major? Are we seriously not going to be talking about his chances come time for the US Open? Besides – he’s apparently got a phenomenal horoscope – for NEXT year! πŸ˜‰

    1. “From r2 on, I think Fed needs to ask himself to bring his best self to every game – not to obliterate the other guy, but to have the practice at bringing his best self.”

      Yes, I think you’re right. Not because he’ll necessarily need it to beat all of them, but just for the discipline, so he knows he can call upon it when he has to.

    2. I disagree about bringing his best early. Peaking in the first week isn’t a good idea. 1st week on grass is about smart match management and coming through with minimum effort.

      1. Well, no, not peaking, but making sure he doesn’t have the odd mental lapse which could make the difference between winning and losing.

  15. Honestly I am worried about his round 2 and 4 opponents, if Roger remain focus and hungry he has a good chance to reach semis. As Nadal, he will play himself into form at SW19, if he gets pass the 1st week he will go all the way to semis. I can’t pick winner of Fed/Nadal match as both of them has to win their respective matches. Regardless I will root for Roger all the way….Go Rog!!

  16. Also just thinking wouldn’t it be incredibly creepy if Rafa won Wimbledon meaning it would be his 15th slam (just like Roger who won his 14th and 15th at the French and SW19 respectively)…

  17. Alysha, those are bad thots.
    Prediction: Nadal loses against a very inspired Kilzan, Federer wins Wimbledon against a player not seeded top 3.
    Lots of top seeds will drop in the 1st week.

  18. Hi All, have not posted here for some time but Wimbledon has forced me to do so, ha,ha. Firstly, I am very pleased with Roger’s draw. It compares most favourably with Murray’s, Djokers and the doping Nadal. I have always said that if Roger is not restricted physically ( i.e. his back issues last year ) then he has it in his racquet to win this one. His poor performance at Wimbledon last year, notwithstanding the back issues, I believe will drive him forward this time. I don’t believe confidence is an issue this year as it has been before. I also believe
    game-plan strategy will be significantly improved this time around compared to previous slams as this is where Mr. Edberg will earn his salts. The draw too should only inspire him. The only two areas that Roger absolutely needs to start with from the get-go are belief and mental strength. He MUST have the belief that he can win, otherwise forget it. But he must also have the mental acumen to be resilient when things don’t go according to plan ( and they won’t : refer to Gulbis at French Open ). Because if he can do this, I definitely put a big punt on Roger to have figures of 8/ 18/ 80 at the conclusion of Wimbledon. As for the cheating Nadal, I would be a little surprised if he gets by Martin Klizan, who in my view is an extremely talented player and one of the most dangerous opponents anyone could face in the first round. Should he somehow get the better of Klizan, then there are other very dangerous opponents who can take him out, even with Nadal being doped-up. If he should somehow get to the semis and meets Roger there, I think this time there could be an almighty battle and Roger might just take the cheat down. But what cost to Roger for the final? We all live in hope but this might just be Roger’s Wimbledon swan-song…

    1. Agree with the Fed part but not sure on Klizan. He is talented but he’s mentally poor. Was hyped up a few years ago and has really not done anything.

    2. “The only two areas that Roger absolutely needs to start with from the get-go are belief and mental strength. He MUST have the belief that he can win, otherwise forget it. But he must also have the mental acumen to be resilient when things don’t go according to plan ( and they won’t : refer to Gulbis at French Open ).”

      Yes, absolutely. That’s what I meant about mental weakness – he hasn’t seemed to be very good at changing course if what he’s doing isn’t working. Still, maybe he needed that stupid match at the FO to make him realise. I hope he can hold onto that thoughout the tournament.

    3. You talk rubbish on here. How can nadal possibly be doped up. Impossible these days when they’re tested almost daily even in the middle of the night. Are you really that ignorant of how it works these days. You know nothing about the sport. Nadal couldn’t even take an aspirin without it showing up. Wise up please. You sound ridiculous for trying to find a reason that nadal murders Federer every time they meet

      1. Wow Christine! I did not know they were tested “almost daily even in the middle of the night”, and that the tests were so advanced that they could detect “an aspirin”. No wonder the likes of Williams have special panic rooms to avoid testing.

        Just out of curiosity, who told you that?

      2. Why is this site getting infested with more and more trolls? It’s either that or someone is very misinformed.

      3. Sorry, Christine, but you’re wrong there. Check WADA’s statistics: if a player gets tested a dozen times a year they’d be (un?)lucky. Not to mention that, as I understand it, the “whereabouts” rule requires you to specify a window of 1 hour per day where you will be at a designated place for testing purposes. With the speed at which some doping drugs become undetectable these days, if you take them at 10 pm, and specify, say, 7-8 am for your availability for testing, the drug will be out of your system by the time the testers get there.

      1. Those are some very bold predictions. I never read his articles but I did this time. Dimitrov? Dimitrov??? And Raonic in a grass court semi? Hey what do I know, people do get lucky sometimes πŸ™‚

  19. Dorky Roger. He stabbed a stick into his right hand playing in the woods with his daughters. He has it taped.
    I agree with Sid, Nadal is playing for #1. He gets a big payout from Nike it he finishes the year #1.
    I find tennis so unpredictable. Look at Wimbledon last year in both the mens and womens draws.
    Hoping for a focused fit and well rested Fed.

    1. Agree, Nadal v much the danger man here, and do not ignore the weather factor people! Concerned re Novaks wrist as on grass cld be exacerbated with the pace. Think the likes of Raonic may make a mark this yr. Fed shld take one match at a time, plenty if net rushing plse and if he makes second week with energy intact then all to play for.

    2. Grass should be better for his wrist. Can use the pace of the ball rather than generating his own and also won’t need to apply as much top spin which clearly was the thing causing him most discomfort in Monte Carlo.

      1. True although warm weather= higher bounce, more top? Unlike many I don’t see him as fav. Really think it’s pretty open.

      2. Susie, I don’t really believe there’s a clear favourite coming into this slam. Nadal would’ve been since he’s coming off RG but his status on grass is still up for question. Not sure about Murray as well, draw opened up for him big time last year for him to get the win, don’t think he will get as lucky this time and Novak’s wrist should be healed by now, all about how the loss at the French affects him, did pretty well last two years so I’m expecting nothing less. I think Djokovic will be spurred to prove something at this slam and Boris should finally have some impact on him in this place more than anywhere else. Fed floating in the middle of this drama somewhere. Hard to say what will happen.

    3. “Dorky Roger. He stabbed a stick into his right hand playing in the woods with his daughters. He has it taped.”

      Silly idiot. Hope that doesn’t make a difference. Wonder if he was in the park I was in the other week and wondering whether he would bring the girls there? I thought it would be great for them.

      1. I see this “stick in the right hand” as a great opportunity to get some blood spinning work done, before and during the tournament πŸ™‚

  20. Hi Jonathan, nice writ up as usual. Well, I don’t have so much anticipation this time for wimpy
    I believe its open and that’s why Roger has good chance
    As for Murray, djoko and nadal
    I think Murray and djoko could meet in semi, probability is high
    As for nadal, well, nadal is just a journeyman now days when it comes to first week of Wimbledon
    If he get past the 3rd round , then he would be my fav to win it all
    But the percentage is low of him passing the 1st week
    Good luck to Roger

      1. Honestly I disagree. I don’t see Nadal making the second week. I don’t trust his current form to play on grass. For me Djokovic and Murray are clear favourites.
        And nobody is giving the importance that he deserves to Raonic. I think he can be really really dangerous here. I see him in the final.

      2. Paplo, can’t agree with you more, that’s why I said the % is low for nadal to make the 2nd week πŸ™‚

      3. Seen some practice videos of Nadal training on grass, not looking too bad and the movement seems to fine, all about getting through that first week. I think he moves past the past two years and makes it back to the quarters at least.

  21. Nice analysis Jonathan. A great draw for Roger. Couldn’t have asked for better. Indeed he now has “the little bit of luck in the draw” as remarked by Edberg. Time to act.

    I am concerned about an aspect os Fed’s game for a long time now. PASSING SHOTS. People talk about his net approaches, but in wimby he is bound to face a plenty of those from his opponents. Although he sometimes manages to pass with his FH, he is particularly weak with BH. Net approaches by a decent volley maker troubles Fed. Stakhovsky defeated him in this way. I think Fed has nice BH lob but he rarely uses it. He needs to work out pass/lob a lot.

  22. How many of you think Klose doesn’t deserve the World Cup goals record (that he will achieve soon). Ronaldo was a genius, a phenom. Klose, is not even a klose second, and yet he will run away with the all time scoring record.

    What a travesty!

    1. Klose is a nobody. Ronaldo is revered as a footballing god.Doesn’t matter who has this record. Ronaldo will always be a hundred times better.

      1. Just to be sure, we are talking about Ronaldo LuΓ­s NazΓ‘rio de Lima πŸ™‚

    2. Yeah.. Klose is an opportunist who has the knack of being in the right place for the final touch.. Just like Nadal (who is a big overachiever as well), even if he has the record, we won’t consider him the best.

  23. Very easy, if he scores more goals than anybody he deserves it. But I would rather Ronaldo to have the record.

    1. Scoring more goals doesn’t mean to be better πŸ™‚ , there are more variables like in tennis. And don’t worry about the GS record wait 2-3 years πŸ™‚

  24. Roger should win the first few rounds easily. He knows more than us that this year’s Wimbledon might be his last realistic chance of adding to his 7 titles. He will give it all he has and that should make him a favorite to win as long as he does not meet dull in the semis. The match-up and psychological disadvantage he has against dull will be too much to overcome. Hope Klizan plays the match of his life. I don’t see Rosol pulling it off a second time and Karlovic or Gasquet/Monfils are highly unlikely to pull off a win against dull in a best of 5. After that Nishikori/Raonic will be last hope, but then it will be second week and might be too late πŸ™

    Of course it will be the greatest thing ever if Roger can pull off a huge win by blowing dull off the court in the semis and win the Championship πŸ™‚

  25. I just hope that this slam doesnt turn into another Nadal Nole freak show.They had the RG. Now go away.

  26. Folks, here’s my take.

    I have every reason to believe Roger will do great at this Wimbledon. He has hardly felt any burn out during the clay season. He has played enough games on grass at Halle, both singles and doubles. While he doesn’t look like he is in slam form, that’s only because he doesn’t want to overdo it.

    The draw isn’t that bad, at least until the semis as most have already agreed.

    Now, regardless of Roger’s result at Wimbledon this year, I’m going to make a very bold statement. Roger has two Wimbledon titles in him. He can win two Wimbledon titles. All he needs to do is make some sacrifices, when it comes to scheduling. He needs to completely eliminate the clay season and shift his focus completely on grass. This goes against his Rio plans. Trust me, Roger Federer is “not winning” the gold medal at Rio. Maybe he could get back into clay mode in 2016 if he loves that surface so much.

    He still has the ability to win on grass if he can completely focus on that surface. He can make a lot of adjustments to win on that surface (too numerous to list here). And with smart scheduling, he will be completely healthy for Wimbledon over the next few years.

    The GOAT can make it to 19 slams, effectively shutting the door on Nadal. Even if the GOAD wins two non-clay events, he will still need two more RG titles. I have no doubt he will be focused on Paris, and Rio, over the next two years.

    The only question is: How much does the father of four want it?

    1. Removing the clay season won’t give him any advantage. It’s stupid, he needs to compete for being in form and he doesn’t play the final rounds like before so he can be fresh as a daisy like now.

      If I were I wouldn’t start accepting Nadal is gonna surpass Roger’s record.

      1. You know who’s stupid? You, Pablo.

        Eliminating, or slowing down during the clay season keeps his fuel tank near maximum. Why burn yourself out on a surface that doesn’t suit your style, and is worlds apart compared to grass? Especially at his age? And in case you didn’t know, the grass season is going to be extended starting 2015. So he can play two tournaments before Wimbledon. That’s enough of a warm up.

        [he needs to compete for being in form and he doesn’t play the final rounds like before ]

        See that’s the difference between your cheat and our favorite player. Roger doesn’t troll with tournaments just for appearance and getting in form. He doesn’t threaten to boycott tournaments if he doesn’t like the surface. He understand what a commitment is.

    2. I believe as long as Fed continues playing he will always play the clay season. Needs to retain a good ranking to get favourable draws at Wimbledon to actually make a run at it. Don’t think Fed medals at Rio if he plays there but he got his singles and gold anyway, doesn’t really matter. Don’t know if Roger can make it to 19 Sid, I think he either gets one more Wimbledon or US Open though.

      1. Alysha, it is possible to not play much on clay, and still be top 4. It’s all about where he expends his energy, and how much he conserves leading up to Wimbledon. Look at Nadal. Skips whenever he wants. Plays slams particularly when he is well rested and feeling good.

        Again, like I said, it depends on how much Roger wants to preserve his slam record. Maybe he doesn’t care about it any more and has already mentally moved on to being a father?

      2. Good point about Nadal- but that’s exactly why I am not a fan of him. Fed’s love for the game triumphs the need to win everything. I feel Roger is constantly having to convince people that just because of Nadal it doesn’t mean he doesn’t like clay. But he didn’t play that much of a clay season this year so we will see what impact that has on the rest of the season I guess.

        I think it’s kind of out of Roger’s hands what happens to the slam record now. And I’m not in the mentality anymore of rooting for Djokovic to preserve it. If Nadal exceeds or equals him then just gotta accept it, no matter what happens Roger will always be greater in my eyes, don’t need a slam record to see that.

    3. Makes sense. He should skip the clay season altogether. I don’t buy the he needs to play on clay for ranking explanation either. If he wins a bunch of 1000s and a slam a year on hard court or grass will be in the top 4 anyway.

  27. Article in the Sunday Times today about Fed’s chances and his approach to the tournament. Apparently Edberg has been going to Tony Pickard for advice, and is using the same drills with Rog that got him success at Wimbledon. Pickard doubts Fed’s ability to stick to the tactics that may work and expects him to revert to the baseline which would spell disaster.

    1. After seeing Roger in Halle, I doubt he will reach the second week. I rather expect results similar to last year, maybe exiting after R32. I absolutely love Rogers tennis but something is amiss upstairs.

      1. Not fair to predict that Fed repeats what happened last year just because of Halle- I mean yes his form is not up to slam par but can’t say he won’t get to second week based on that alone.

      2. Alysha: I didn’t mean it as a prediction although it could be perceived as such. Let me put it differently: I will be very pleased if he is playing the second week. There is something about him that radiates uncertainty. Personally, I believe he hasn’t entirely absorbed the new stick. I know, why bring that up now. I always believed that he switched racquets to have a go at RG but now, I don’t know. What to do with that extra power on grass when he couldn’t make use of it on clay? It’s probably just me who is confused. But the new stick adds to the tendency to be dragged into baseline rallies when it becomes more difficult to control the pace of the ball and I believe we have seen many examples of just that and I think the failed drop shots easily outweigh the clean winners this year.

      3. i have to disagree with that Jarlub. I think the racquet has helped in more ways than one, the reason he had to adapt was because of these baseline rallies- it gives him more power when getting stuck on those rallies and you can definitely see that especially on the backhand side, has more of a pop. Also yes Fed has had to sacrifice some of his volleys and maybe hasn’t gotten used to it in that way but can’t have it all, I think so far so good with the racquet and that it shouldn’t be a factor as to why he can’t win the title as such. Most of Fed’s problems coming into any tournament for nearly the last two years is entirely mental and does he have what it takes still for 7 best of 5 matches on a mental level. I have a good feeling we will see the Fedal QF this year at Wimbledon happen, the racquet can help him there but it means zero if he has no confidence in beating his opponent.

      4. Fedal SF, not QF, isn’t it?

        I’m not sure whether it’s just because I’ve got used to it, but I’ve not been aware of the new racquet having more of a pop on clay and grass thus far?

  28. Is it just me or is Fed sounding very confident in all his media appearances so far? Hmm he’s done this a couple of times this year and not gone down too well…

      1. Totally agree. Made some stupid comment about how Edberg had a gameplan about beating Nadal at the AO and we all know how that turned out. Needs to let the tennis do the talking indeed.

      2. Did he? I thought he just said that Nadal was one of the things he and Stefan had discussed, which is understandable.

        BTW, were you aware that Murray and Lendl actually did specific individual training sessions aimed at dealing with Nadal, and Fed, and Djokovic?

      3. Yeah in his presser, he said Edberg had some ideas- don’t think he should be making those comments publicly unless he actually produces. That aside, Roger has said multiple times in the last few days if things click he should be able to win, just don’t see how that helps in any way.

        Also no had no idea about that, too bad we never got to see Nadal v Murray whilst Lendl was still coaching. Not sure where Murray stands in those rivalries mentioned above at the moment. At Wimbledon, probably only the favourite against Djoker but I’d still put my money on Novak if it came to that match.

    1. Yeah…absolutely ridiculous. Why does he do that repeatedly? Seems kind of market-policy or sponsors’ agreement!

  29. Nice post Jonathan.

    Very excited for Federer and hope he will win his 8th Wimbledon ! All the best Roger.

    Anyway I am planning to visit Switzerland this October.
    Anyone is planning to visit Basel for Swiss Indoor Open??

    I am planning to go. This Ruchi has inspired me to try to meet Roger : )


    Check this out nadal actually saying he feels much better this time and will contend for the title. Most of the time he just likes to downplay his chances and say someone else is the favourite (goes on to win anyway:P)
    But this time he is doing the opposite akin to what federer does before slams this scares me. I dont think nadal is going to have a early exit this time he will surely reach the 2nd week if this interview is anything to go by and after that we all know there isnt much stopping him from #15. I hope i am wrong though and lets hope feds slam record stays put

  31. Hey guys, I know Roger will win Wimby 2014. Relax. It is not a prediction. I repeat, not a prediction πŸ™‚ Just my sincere hope, undying faith and infinite believe in Roger that he will pull it off and win Wimby. And…. if he gives it his all and unfortunately loses…. no worries…… Wimby and Roger are not going anywhere, they will still be there next year πŸ™‚ Go Roger. Believing in you, no matter what πŸ™‚

  32. Ps: kudos to my small country. Apparently we are strong enough that the mighty mighty Brasil wants to avoid playing us πŸ™‚

    1. It’s not that you are strong enough, it’s just that this Brasil side is the worst in the last 24 years or so since I’ve been following them.

      1. the best for me was the 1994 squad. defensively, offensively, midfield control and their enthusiasm and spirit was too high about winning
        sure 1982 team was much fun to watch but the 1994 was awesome IMHO πŸ™‚

  33. World cup we ve watched very good quality football up to know. Lots of goals scored lots of good lost chances and so on. Even England played very well and it’s a pity in a way that they ve finished so early. Credit to Costa Rika though a great surprise of a team. Only Greece is playing crap football and I hope this joke will finish tomorrow unless we at least try to play some descent football instead of just trying to kill time and steal the win. I prefer teams like Switzerland although a bit naive and bad defenders but playing open football which is very nice to watch. Even when 3 or 4 nil down they played and tried to score. Australia , USA , Algeria also very nice to watch. If Greece wins Ivory Cost just 1-0 we ll be the only team that qualified by scoring just one goal. So just hope we just get out of there !!!

    Im going to try and watch Rogers games and hope for the best, I ll also keep an eye on the other β€˜top dogs β€œ but I ll always be ready to switch to football if what I see is anything like what I watched a couple of weeks ago at FO.
    Jonathan and all know much better what to expect so I think I have nothing to add.
    I just hope he gets lucky he catches some momentum and most importantly show some mental strength. Then maybe that we ll just add up to number 18 !

    1. Hey GG, you know who has impressed me the most up to now (ofcourse only from the matches I have seen): the Goalkeeper of Mexico πŸ™‚ Wow, some big big team should really try to steal him away πŸ™‚

      1. Ochoa is a joke. He was just lucky that day. The Neymar save was good. The ball could so easily have been above or below him. The other two saves were shots that were hit right at him, especially the header a point blank. Overrated.

      2. Well Sid, he turned out to be human. Croatia did get passed him in the last minutes πŸ™‚

      3. Most impressive of all though Mexico s coach falling on the grass doing the roly poly πŸ™‚

      1. We are speaking about tennis and football. We are top 1 in these sport, no doubt about that.

      2. “Good football in Brasil 2014 is because of Spain”?? Really? The same team Holland beat with 5-1 (5PA1N) and showed to the other teams that Spain can be beaten??? That Spain?? Really Pablo??

      3. Tostao’s gone senile. Brasil are the one who taught the world what beautiful football is.

        Brasil are the best football team ever in the history of the sport. Not only do they have five world cups, they have won them outside Brasil, and on four different continents.

        P.S. Spain would’ve achieved nothing without dope. Ask Fuentes.

      4. can’t agree with you more Sid! the 1970 and the 1982 squads played the most beautiful football of all time. without Brazil I don’t think I would love football

    1. i think that its slower than last year … :(( i dont like that…. i dont like that at all. I believe fedex doesnt like that too…
      what do you guys think?

      1. He did. Although I’m not sure what he was comparing it with: last year? When he used to play on it?

  34. I think Jarlub is on to something here with his comment about the new stick. Definitely helping him with staying in long rallies on clay and slow hard courts. But Wimbledon is all about ending rallies, and it’s here where I wonder if he is comfortable enough yet with his 98′ racket. Seems to have much more solid serves, but not so sure about the volleys, slices, drop shots etc. He did after all win 7 times at Wimbledon with his 90′ (and as recently as 2012).

    1. Well, I did wonder from his initial comments before Halle whether he hadn’t entirely adapted to using it on grass. I guess we shall see.

  35. Maestro is not scheduled at centre court! His match will be on court 1. After how many years is it happening?

    1. Nowhere near than the fact that the No1, defending champion, RG winning record and undoubtly the most dominant player on one surface didn’t play his first round in the Central court of Paris. A joke.

    2. Oh, Trudi, I hope you can change your ticket. Centre could be really boring (unless they’re not expecting the Nadal match to be one-sided).

    3. Kind of expected after the draw was released- I think people are expecting that the Nadal match has potential to produce an upset of some sort (don’t count on it) but if I were the organisers, I’d give what the people paid for and put Fed on centre and Serena on court 1. She probably threw a tantrum that Sabine got to open and so they were forced to demote Fed to court 1 to shut her up.

      1. Well, Roger has to serve his turn on No. 1, like all the other big names, so perhaps they thought they’d get it out of the way early.

        No, I’m not counting on Klizan producing an upset, any more than I expect Rosol to repeat 2 years ago. That was then, this is now.

  36. i told you jonathan that he is wearing a different outfit!!!!! its white-black and you can see it on nike web page

      1. Nadal has a good volley.But when Federer is on he produces all sorts of crazy vollieys.He is the best volleyer in the top 10 for sure.

    1. McEnroe changes his mind like the weather.

      Nadal has a reliable volley and he only every comes into the net when he’s assured of the point.

      I think Fed has great hands and touch but his technique and casualness cause him to miss some regulation ones. His position at net is also questionable. Always in the middle rather than committing to down the line or cross court. I think that makes it easier for an opponent to pick him off.

  37. So…how come Nadal is a favorite to win on grass? Are these conditions on Grass in Wimbledon especially slow or slower than normal or slower than the traditional speeds?

    1. The grass is definitely slow and it bounces higher. No more so than the last 2 years I don’t think but compared to early 2000’s its way slower.

      1. And I believe that it’s quite a bit slower compared with Halle, say? I suppose it (the “new” grass) is the sacrifice the groundsmen need to make to keep the courts usable for 2 weeks, given the changes in playing style, but I wish it didn’t have to be. It’s all wrong for grass to have to be this slow.

    2. Stevie, check the winners record and you will know why Nadal is considered favourite. He already has the same titles than a well recognised grass court all time great player like Edberg and if he wins one more he is gonna be at least at the same level (probably more having in count his number of finals) than Becker or McEnroe.

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