Wimbledon seed report (cont.)
Posted: Friday June 22, 2007 2:28PM; Updated: Sunday June 24, 2007 4:03PM
Notables in 17-32
17. David Ferrer: Hefty Spaniard can play on the green stuff. Reached round four in 2006.
19. Jarkko Nieminen: Quarterfinalist in 2006 is probably a top 10 player on fast courts.
19. Jonas Bjorkrman: A semifinalist last year, the attacking Swede goes further when the courts play faster.
21. Dmitry Tursunov: Russian looks to be healthy and has reached the round of 16 two years running.
23. David Nalbandian: Former finalist has been become a become a cranky, erratic player, but if he catches a gear, it's not hard to see him reaching a quarter.
27. Philipp Kohlschreiber: The German has been a sleeper hit this spring.
Dark Horse Nation
Tim Henman: If we've learned anything, it's that tennis deities can work in funny ways.
Ivo Karlovic: Dr. Ivo is capable of losing to anyone in the top 500, but if his serve is on and he can win those tiebreakers, he's even money to beat almost anyone.
Wayne Arthurs: Haven't heard much from the Aussie lately, but he qualified and is still a hard server and a lefty.
Chris Guccione: The "Australian Karlovic" has a huge serve and improving mobility.
Sebastien Grosjean: On his WB track record alone.
Michael Llodra: The French lefty has a peculiar game, but he serves well and can play the net.
First round matches to watch:
James Blake v. Igor Andreev: For the second straight Slam, Blake draws a brutal first round opponent.
Rob Ginepri v. Fernando Gonzalez: Incoming!
Andy Roddick v. Justin Gimelstob: If only for the postmatch press conferfences.
Richard Gasquet v. Bohdan Ulihrach: The return of Ulihrach is a great story, and if he can knock off a seed, the story will only get better.
Carlos Moya v. Tim Henman: Two former top tenners meet early.
Ivo Karlovic v. Fabrice Santoro: As far as studies in contrast go, you won't do better than this.
Blue plate first round upset special
Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor: The Bryands are the defending champs (and obvious pick), but if media types have rooting interests, it's in the narrative. And what could be a better storyline than a divorcing doubles team winning their final two Slams?
Federer vs. Roddick
Djokovic vs. Berych
Federer vs. Djokovic