The 2015 Wimbledon draw has just landed and as we already knew Roger will be getting his tournament underway on Tuesday 30th June. The Swiss kicks things off against the man he beat at the French Open last month – Damir Dzhumur.
The draw sees Roger in the same half as Murray & Nadal along with Berdych who is his potential Quarter Final opponent. You can see the full list of projected opponents below along with a printable .PDF draw.
Federer's Projected Opponents
- 1st Round: Damir Dzhumur
- 2nd Round: Sam Querrey
- 3rd Round: Jack Sock
- 4th Round: Feliciano Lopez
- Quarter Final: Tomas Berdych
- Semi Final: Andy Murray
- Final: Novak Djokovic
Thoughts on the Draw
So the one match that's set in stone is Roger vs. Dzhumur on Tuesday and as far as first rounds go this is a very steady start to the tournament. Roger handled this guy comfortably on the clay of Roland Garros so on the grass of Wimbledon I expect a similar story. Dzhumur proved he can play in Paris with some nice shots but with no heavy shot to really the force the issue I struggle to see how he can do much damage. He also chose to play an outdoor clay challenger in Moscow after Paris meaning his only grass prep was over in Liverpool at an exhibition tournament.
Round 2 is probably the most interesting match of the first week for Federer as Sam Querrey looks likely be to the opponent. Querrey is playing in the semi finals of Nottingham today so could head into Wimbledon both in form and feeling confident. The American has a decent grass game winning Queens a few years ago so could put up some resistance but I think Fed will be able to exploit his movement and find his weaknesses too easily. Querrey doesn't have the clutch sort of game required either as highlighted when he lost to James Ward in the Davis Cup last year on home soil.
Round 3 could be against Jack Sock whom Roger played for the first time in Indian Wells earlier this year. I'm not 100% convinced Sock will make it though and I'll pick one of the Aussies (Duckworth or Groth) to come through into the third round.
The fourth round is seeded to be against Feliciano Lopez but he hasn't won more than 1 match in a tournament since Indian Wells back in March! My pick to make the fourth round here is Roberto Bautista Agut; he's not been playing great either but over 5 sets I think the solidness of his game will prevail against some of his projected opponents.
Into the Quarter sees Berdych as the seeded opponent and on paper it looks like he'll get there; there are no massively tricky opponents for the Czech and only the 4 Frenchmen look capable of causing an upset; Mahut, Mannarino, Monfils or Simon. Take your pick in any.
Friday 7th of July will be semi finals day and Murray could be the man that gets there. Murray has had a very good year so far winning 2 clay titles and Queens last week; his game suits grass too so I think he's pre tournament favourite. Murray doesn't have it easy though with a couple of dangerous players in his section including Troicki and Dolgopolov plus Nadal who is a bit of an unknown. Whoever comes through that could have to face Djokovic in the final but the Serb also has a tough looking draw in paper with Kohlschreiber first up along with Wawrinka, Raonic, Anderson, Cilic and Nishikori all potential opponents of his.
As usual one match at a time but I think Fed has a nice looking draw regardless of which players come through and if he's got his head screwed on a deep run is more than likely. Djokovic has it toughest on paper and I think Stan's draw is looking pretty rosy; not sure he has the fleet of foot or net game to deliver on grass but when you strike the ball that well its not unthinkable he can make the latter stages.
I was all set to predict Bagdhatis would have a decent run at SW19 but I've just seen he's retired injured in the semi finals of Nottingham 🙁 question marks over him now but if he takes to the court I think he can make a run to the fourth round.
- Brown to take Nadal to 5 sets
- Troicki to take out Nadal
- Ebden to take out Isner
- Tomic vs. Djoker 4 setter
- Wawrinka to make the semi finals
- Winner of the bottom half semi final to win the title
What do you guys think of the draw? Let me know in the comments 🙂