I won’t go into all the details of the Wimbledon draw now, but I like what I see. First, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal wound up on separate sides, which might be bad news for Roger Federer who gets the third-seeded Djokovic while Rafa contends with Nikolay Dayvdenko as his highest seed in his half.
Of course Davydenko’s positioning is of little concern, but Andy Roddick’s was, and the No. 6 seed was also drawn in the Rafa’s half, and would meet the Spaniard in the semifinals.
Some quick thoughts, Federer’s probably got the toughest draw of the top guys. He could meet Monfils in the third round then either Lleyton Hewitt or Fernando Gonzales in the fourth round and even Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.
Djokovic’s path looks pretty easy with Marat Safin in the second round, maybe Sam Querrey of Wawrinka in the fourth and possibly David Nalbandian in the quarters.
Roddick’s isn’t terribly friendly with Dmitry Tursunov in the third round and Blake in the fourth.
And Rafa will a big server in either Ernests Gulbis or John Isner in round two with a potential showdown with Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinal.
Some good first rounders include Haas v. Canas; Fish v. Gasquet, Murray v. Santoro, Gulbis v. Isner, Guccione v. Monfils, Hewitt v. Haase, Ginepri v. Gonzalez, Lldora v. Ancic.
All in all, I think the Big Three have to be happy with how things unfolded and overall the draw looks good.
Going by seeds we would get the following fourth round match ups in draw order:
Federer v. Gonzalez
Berdych v. Ferrer
Djokovic c. Wawrinka
Bagdhatis v. Nalbandian
Roddick. V. Blake
Mathieu v. Davydenko
Gasquet v. Murray
Stepanek v. Nadal
I will have my full synopsis and picks later this weekend.
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