Federer, Nadal Take to Grass Immediately; Queen’s, Halle, Birmingham Previews
AEGON Championships (Queen’s Club)
Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Marin Cilic, Gael Monfils, Sam Querrey, Feliciano Lopez, Julien Benneteau, Janko Tipsarevic, Richard Gasquet, Michael Llodra, Santiago Giraldo, Dudi Sela, Andreas Seppi, Denis Istomin
Floaters: (Q) Frank Dancevic, Taylor Dent, Mardy Fish, (WC) Bernard Tomic
Notes: (Q) Dancevic could make a run at (1) Nadal in third round; Dent could go deep if he gets by Kevin Anderson first round; Fish could also easily go deep to meet (5) Cilic in quarters; (11) Gasquet vs. Nishikori interesting first-rounder; Since its inception in 1979, 25 of the past 27 Wimbledon champions have played at the Queen’s Club; three of the Top 4 seeds have won the Queen’s Club title; Roddick is 29-4 at Queen’s; past champions in the field are Murray (2009), Nadal (2008), Roddick (2007, ’05-03), and Hewitt (2006, ’02-00).
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Seeds: Roger Federer, Nikolay Davydenko, Mikhail Youzhny, Juan Carlo Ferrero, Radek Stepanek, Jurgen Melzer, Marcos Baghdatis, Lleyton Hewitt
Floaters: Jarkko Nieminen, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Peter Luczak, (WC) Nicolas Kiefer
Notes: Fed is 10-0 lifetime against Nieminen, but their last meeting was two tiebreaks; Other first-rounders of interest are (5) Stepanek vs. Kohlschreiber, (8) Hewitt vs. Luczak in an all-Aussie, and (3) Youzhny vs. (WC) Kiefer, who has only played two tour events this year due to injury but thrives in Halle; Federer is 32-3 in Halle; Davydenko is 1-3; Hewitt is making his first-ever appearance in Halle; past champs in the field are Federer (2008, ’06-03) and Kiefer (1999).
Seeds: Na Li, Maria Sharapova, Yanina Wickmayer, Aravane Rezai, Sara Errani, Yaroslava Shvedova, Olga Govortsova, Andrea Petkovic, Aleksandra Wozniak, Maggie Rybarikova, Melinda Czink, Elena Baltacha, Angie Kerber, Tammy Tanasugarn, Kristina Barrois, Vania King
Floaters: Karolina Sprem, Anna Chakvetadze, Alicia Molik, Sania Mirza, Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Notes: Another sad start to the WTA grasscourt season with no Top 10 players in attendance; horrible field; did we mention horrible field?; first-round matches of note include (15) Barrois vs. The Spreminator; possible (8) Petkovic vs. Chakvetadze 2nd rd., (9) Wozniak vs. Molik 1st rd., (2) Sharapova vs. Mattek-Sands 2nd rd.; former champs in the field are Rybarikova (2009) and Sharapova (2005-04).
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