With the 3rd Round of the Wimbledon 2013 already underway, I thought I’d sit down and make some predictions as to how the rest of the tournament will turn out. With the outbreak of injuries and upsets that’s taken over this tournament any prediction of mine might be a bold prediction– because nobody knows what will happen! After all, Nadal and Federer were eliminated in the 1st and 2nd round, respectively.
I’ll begin the bracket from the Quarterfinals, so I don’t list 32 names beginning from Round 3. Therefore, my predictions include winners from Round 3 matches, as well as those from the Round of 16. If you don’t recognize some of the names, it’s fine. After all the upsets and injuries, a lot of players who don’t usually get this far, got this far. The Round of 16 had more recognizable players, such as Tommy Haas and Richard Gasquet, but both were defeated (in my predictions). To see the current bracket as it stands, check out the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles draw.
Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Djokovic (1) Djokovic Djokovic
Berdych (6) Del Potro Murray
Ferrer (4) Janowicz
Del Potro (8) Murray
Djokovic, on the left. Murray, on the right. (Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated)
In my opinion, Djokovic and Murray, the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world, respectively are a lock for the Wimbledon 2013 Final. However, the road to the Final won’t be easy. Djokovic will play Tommy Haas in Round 16 and if he wins, as I predicted will play Berdych, a strong competitor and the 6th ranked player. The Ferrer-Del Potro match in the Quarterfinals will definitely be one to watch, assuming my prediction is correct. Both are Top 10 players and have had success in the past. Del Potro also has a Grand Slam title under his sleeve– a title he won in 2009 when he was only 21 years old. I believe Del Potro is one of the future stars of this sport and will prevail over Ferrer. Another reason I chose Del Potro is because Ferrer has already played 2 4-set matches against much lower ranked opponents. If he couldn’t beat them in straight sets, I think he’ll have trouble beating Del Potro. Jerzy Janowicz is a Polish tennis player and is currently ranked 22nd. At the time I was writing this article, he beat 15th ranked Nicolas Almagro in straight sets. After watching his match, it was clear that Janowicz is on the rise at the young age of 22. I predict he will beat Jurgen Melzer (the man who beat the man who beat Federer) in the Round of 16. My prediction places him all the way in the Semifinals based on who can potentially verse in the Quarterfinals. This selection is definitely the riskiest prediction I made, but it’s a very likely possibility. Regardless, the Semifinals will be the furthest Janowicz makes it because he’ll be playing Murray. Murray’s toughest match will be in the 3rd round against Tommy Robredo (Murray is up 2 sets to none as I write this). Assuming he wins, he will play Troicki or Youzhny.
As you saw above, I believe Djokovic and Murray will be in the Final of Wimbledon. Djokovic is the 1st ranked player in the world and is a 6-time Grand Slam Champion– 1 which includes Wimbledon in 2011. Murray has one Grand Slam title and it’s not at Wimbledon. But being the hometown kid, it’s definitely a title he wants.
I think Murray is sick and tired of being second. I predict this Wimbledon Final will be one you don’t want to miss (assuming my predictions are right). Murray and Djokovic have met before in a Final at the Australian Open in 2011 and 2013– Djokovic prevailed both times. However, I think things will be a bit different this time around. With his country supporting him, I think Andy Murray will finally become Wimbledon Champion.
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