Day 1 of Wimbledon is finally here! Writer Chris Hayes will not be able to make picks with me for Wimbledon because he is currently working at the USA F17 Futures Tournament in Rochester, New York. He’ll be back next week, but until then I’ll be doing both the daily previews and recaps! I’ll preview a few of the feature matches and then make my picks for the rest of the days matches.
Roger Federer vs Victor Hanescu- Federer opens his campaign to defend his 2012 Wimbledon title against another 30+ veteran, Victor Hanescu. Hanescu is a tall player who you would expect to have a big serve, but it’s not actually very big. Federer should breeze through this one in 3 straight sets.
Rafael Nadal vs Steve Darcis- We all remember last year. Lukas Rosol pulled the upset of the century over Rafa by hitting every ball as hard as he could. It was one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen from a non-top player. Nadal is back for revenge this year. He opens with Darcis, who is actually a really fun guy to watch. He has an awesome one-handed backhand, but we all know how Rafa deals with one-handers. Rafa should also roll in straights.
Stanislas Wawrinka vs Lleyton Hewitt- This should be the match of the day. Stan the man Wawrinka is having the greatest season of his career, and he’s playing well on grass too, reaching the final at the Topshelf Open. Hewitt, the 32 year old, is still alive and well. His game on grass is still better than most. He reached the quarters of queens, and the sole reason he still plays is for these grand slams. You know he will fight to the bitter end in this match. I think Stan’s serve will eventually make the difference, because he’ll get more free points than Hewitt. The backhand to backhand rallies should be great to watch. I’m taking Stan Wawrinka in 4 tight sets.
Andy Murray vs Benjamin Becker– Can the Brit finally breakthrough and win Wimbledon this year? He should have no troubles against Becker, who he beat just over a week ago. Murray in straights.
Jo Wilfried Tsonga vs David Goffin- Tsonga in 3.
Marin Cilic vs Marcos Baghdatis- Cilic in 4.
Janko Tipsarevic vs Viktor Troicki- Troicki in 5.
Jerzy Janowicz vs Kyle Edmund- Janowicz in 4
Fabio Fognini vs Jurgen Melzer- Melzer in 5.
James Ward vs Yen-Hsun Lu- Ward in 4.
Mikhail Youzhny vs Robin Hasse- Youzhny in 3.
Nicolas Almagro vs Jurgen Zopp- Almagro in 3.
Lukas Lacko vs Rajeev Ram- Ram in 4.
Pablo Andujar vs Adrian Mannarino- Mannarino in 4.
Nicolas Mahut vs Jan Hajek- Mahut in 3.
Stephane Robert vs Alejandro Falla- Falla in 4.
Lukasz Kubot vs Igor Andreev- Kubot in 4.
Ernests Gulbis vs Edouard Roger-Vasselin- Gublis in 4.
Marc Gicquel vs Vasek Pospisil- Pospisil in 4.
Dustin Brown vs Guillermo Garcia Lopez- Brown in 5.
Rogerio Dutra Silva vs Sergiy Stakhovsky- Stakhovsky in 3.
Andrey Kuznetsov vs Albert Montanes- Kuznetsov in 5.
Adrian Unger vs Benoit Paire- Paire in 3.
Juan Monaco vs Bastian Knittel- Monaco in 4.
John Isner vs Evgeny Donskoy- Isner in 5.
Tobias Kamke vs Julien Benneteau- Benneteau in 4.
Fernando Verdasco vs Xavier Malisse- Malisse in 5.
Tommy Robredo vs Alex Bogomolov Jr.- Robredo in 3.
Marinko Matosevic vs Guillaume Rufin- Matosevic in 4.
Radek Stepanek vs Matt Reid- Stepanek in 3.
Julian Reister vs Lukas Rosol- Rosol in 3.
Kenny De Schepper vs Paolo Lorenzi- De Schepper in 4.
That’s a lot of matches…who do you have on upset alert on day 1?