The All England Club has some great matches slated for day 2, and we’re here to preview them!
Jo Wilfried Tsonga vs Ernests Gulbis- I really hope this match is as good as it should be. If both players play well, we could have a classic on our hands. Gulbis is probably the most dangerous unseeded player in the draw, and he can certainly play on grass. Jo Willy Tsonga has had loads of success at Wimbledon in years past, and his big serve and all court game suit him well for the surface. Gulbis has a great serve of his own, and his backhand is his biggest weapon off the ground. He will want to get in backhand to backhand rallies, while Tsonga will want to do the same with his forehand. If you recall, I picked Tsonga to have an early exit, and although I’m not fully confident, I’ve got to stick with my pick and go with Gulbis in 5 tough sets.
Roger Federer vs Sergiy Stakhovsky- Federer’s chances of defending his title improved greatly as Rafa Nadal, his potential quarterfinal opponent, was knocked out. Look for Federer to play very focused the rest of the way, knowing this may be his best shot at another major. Federer in straight sets.
Andy Murray vs Yen-Hsun Lu- You might not know the name, but Lu has had some pretty good scalps in his career. He beat Andy Roddick on center court in 2010, and he actually beat Murray at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Look for Murray to play better than he did in his opening round. I think there will be two tight sets, but Murray wins in straights.
Dustin Brown vs Lleyton Hewitt- This one should be fun. Dustin Brown is a great character on and off the court. The Jamaican born German will serve and volley a lot, and he has a huge forehand. You never really know what to expect from Brown, the qualifier. Completely the opposite, Lleyton Hewitt will grind to the end. You know exactly what you’ll get from the veteran, and so that’s why I’m picking Hewitt in straight sets.
Fernando Verdasco vs Julien Benneteau- Benneteau in 5.
Marin Cilic vs Kenny De Schepper- Cilic in 3.
John Isner vs Adrian Mannarino- Isner in 4.
Nicolas Almagro vs Guillaume Ruffin- Almagro in 4.
Radek Stepanek vs Jerzy Janowicz- Janowivz in 4.
Tommy Robredo vs Nicolas Mahut- Mahut in 4.
Vasek Pospisil vs Mikhail Youzhny- Youzhny in 3.
Juan Monaco vs Rajeev Ram- Monaco in 4.
Victor Troicki vs Andrey Kuznetsov- Troicki in 3.
Stephane Robert vs Benoit Paire- Paire in 3.
Jurgen Melzer vs Julian Reister- Melzer in 3.
Steve Darcis vs Lukasz Kubot- Darcis in 5.
Should be good!