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The Men to Look Out for at Wimbledon

Photo by Claudio Pozo

Photo by Claudio Pozo

Ever since Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal contested perhaps the greatest Wimbledon final of all time in 2008, tennis fans have been looking forward to a rematch in 2009.

Such was the quality of that memorable final that it was inconceivable that they would not contest the showdown a year later, especially as they produced another classic in the Australian Open final in the first Grand Slam of this year.

However, the unexpected events of the French Open means there are other players to look out for. Few would have predicted a semi final line-up that included Robin Soderling and Fernando Gonzalez and only one of the top four seeds. Those who thought they knew who would feature in the latter stages of Wimbledon have been forced to have a rethink.

Soderling produced the match of his life to beat Nadal in Paris and the major seeds will want to avoid him at Wimbledon. He has the serve to perform well on grass and should not be short of confidence. He will be seeded this year and could well reach a second consecutive Grand Slam quarter final after failing to do so in his previous 21 attempts.

Gonzalez has the reputation for being a clay court specialist, but he reached the last eight at Wimbledon in 2005. He has suffered from injuries this season but has been in fine form at Roland Garros.

Andy Roddick is a player who certainly prefers grass and for once has some momentum going into Wimbledon. He was a semi finalist at the Australian Open and produced his best Roland Garros performance, reaching the last 16 for the first time. A good run at SW19 beckons.

Juan Martin del Potro has been steadily improving on all surfaces over the last 18 months and is firmly inside the top five of the rankings. He will surely improve on his two second round showings at Wimbledon and is as likely as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic to upset the Wimbledon odds and break up the Federer-Nadal Wimbledon finals dynasty.

-Philip Oliver

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  1. Alex
    June 18, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Hey!

    Where have you been? I’ve been waiting for some new posts for a while, so please please please get back to posting regularly because your blog is fantastic. One more thing, why have you been using other people’s articles instead of writing yourself. I enjoy your writing and I wouldnt go to a blog if i wanted to see a professional’s opinion, so please write yourself rather than using other’s writings, because i adore your writing.

    Thanks and hope you have great coverage of Wimbledon.

    • sportsaholic89
      June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks for the good words. I will definitely be posting regularly now that finals are over.

      Thanks!

      😀

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