Hey guys, the Wimbledon 2017 draw took place earlier today, and Roger will start his campaign next Tuesday against Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov most likely on Centre Court. You can see his projected opponents below:
Federer's Projected Opponents
- Round 1: Alexandr Dolgopolov
- Round 2: Dusan Lajovic
- Round 3: Mischa Zverev
- Round 4: Grigor Dimitrov
- Quarter Final: Milos Raonic
- Semi Final: Novak Djokovic
- Final: Andy Murray
Thoughts on the Draw
So first up is Dolgopolov, everyone seems to think this is a tricky match but I'm not sure. It might have been three years ago, but Dolgopolov has a poor record against Roger and hasn't played since he retired in s-Hertogenbosch after he hurt his ankle. So he's not coming in with much in the way of match practice or form. On his day he can certainly produce flashy winners, and I watched his match vs. Stan at the French where he was competitive, but I like Fed's chances to come through without too much hassle. Not unthinkable the Dog can get a set but unlikely for me.
Round 2 is then expected to be Dusan Lajovic, he got two matches in at Eastbourne this week losing to Isner after beating Chardy. The grass isn't his preferred surface and the qualifier Tsitipas faces him in the first round so he probably has a shot to come through. However, I think the Serb will probably have a bit more experience that gets him over the line, and from there I think Fed takes him down in straights.
Into Round 3 and Mischa Zverev is the projected opponent along with Bernard Tomic. Tomic has a pretty good record at Wimbledon so I'd predict him to come through as he beat Zverev in Eastbourne this week. All depends on how motivated he is though as if there's a bit of drizzle on an outside court you can see him losing interest. Again Fed should be able to handle either man based on form and how he's played them in the past.
Should he make it, Manic Monday could see Fed face off against Dimitrov. The Pussycat Dolls fan has been on a bit of a barren run since Melbourne, so perhaps he's due to have a good performance, but his form doesn't look great. He certainly has the tools to play well on all surfaces but for one reason or another hasn't been able to string it together. However, his draw looks very manageable with the likes of Schwartzman, Sela, Baghdatis in that section; with Isner the only one you could see causing an upset so I think he comes through and will certainly be a threat.
As for the quarters, it's Milos Raonic or Sascha Zverev. Raonic has had a bit of a weird year so far and I'm not sure if he has enough match wins under his belt to factor. He does have the serve which can make the difference, and I imagine he will face off against Zverev in the 4th Round. Both of those guys have wins against Roger on grass, but he'd have to be the favourite pre-tournament against both of them.
Semi Finals is then Djokovic who's got some wins in Eastbourne and should win the title and then it's Murray (who is supposedly struggling with his hip) or Nadal in the Final which is a long way off so there's no point looking that far ahead.
So final thoughts? The draw looks very manageable, and I'm looking forward to Tuesday, but just so you are aware, it's all subject to change 😛 and I imagine it's going to look a vastly different landscape after the first two or three rounds.
Projected Quarter Finals
- Murray vs. Wawrinka
- Nadal vs. Cilic
- Federer vs. Raonic
- Djokovic vs. Thiem
Interesting First Round Matches
- Wawrinka vs. Medvedev
- Thiem vs. Pospisil
- Cilic vs. Kohlschreiber
- Kyrgios vs. Herbert
- Verdasco vs. Anderson
Let me know your thoughts on the draw in the comments. Is it simply a good draw because Federer's in the draw? I think so 🙂