Right now, the in-form players are Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, and to an extent, Roger Federer. Novak Djokovic is perpetually classy and gritty, but it’ll be interesting to see if he can bounce back from the colossally disappointing French Open final. After all, he had declared that Paris was his no. 1 priority this year. He even defeated Nadal and Murray on the way to the final. And he fell to the Swiss no. 2.
Djokovic is tough, one of the toughest to ever play the game, but can he go on and defend a title he is expected to defend easily? Perhaps not.
Let’s take a closer look at the draw.
Defending Champion: Novak Djokovic (1)
Maximum Titles: Roger Federer, 7 titles
The first half of the draw makes for a fascinating read. Djokovic, who is obviously the favourite at the top to reach the last 8, could face Hewitt (playing his last Wimbledon) in the second round. A win there, and another Aussie, Bernard Tomic could be his opponent in the third round. The likes of Anderson (finalist at Queens), Cilic (US Open Champion) and Janowicz could pose him a little trouble if he is unmotivated. But it will be World no. 5 Nishikori who he could most likely meet in the quarterfinal. Djokovic doesn’t have it totally easy, despite Murray, Nadal and Federer being on the other side of the draw.
Predicted QF: Djokovic v/s Nishikori
Stan Wawrinka, fresh from his second slam title, will most likely be Djokovic’s semifinal opponent. He has never reaches the semis here. But who will he face in the quarters to get to the Serb? It is down to two young guns: Nick Kyrgios and Milos Roanic. Dimitrov could pose Wawrinka a few problems, considering he was last year’s semifinalist and ex-Queens champion. But the Bulgarian has been in pitiful form this year, and has fallen off the radar again. Roanic was a semifinalist last year too, and though he hasn’t had much to crow about this year, he could be the one winning the third round encounter against Kyrgios.
Predicted QF: Wawrinka v/s Raonic
Predicted QF: Murray v/s Nadal
Roger Federer has it easy till the quarters. He faces big servers like Querrey, Sock and Lopez, but won’t be losing to any of them. Berdych, who is the favourite to face him in the last 8, might find it difficult to get past Monfils. Berdych hasn’t been very consistent on grass, and Monfils is as unpredictable as Tsonga here. On his day, he could beat Berdych, and he could even beat Federer.
Predicted Semis: Djokovic v/s Wawrinka, Federer v/s Murray