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Postby Borquat » Fri Jun 18, 2004 10:26 pm

(1) ROGER FEDERER - A few contenders here, Srichaphan in good form at the moment and both Lopez and Karlovic can serve the lights out on occasions, but Federer will have too much class.

(7) LLEYTON HEWITT - A blockbuster section of the draw, with a Moya v. Safin 3rd round match a possibility. But while both provide great threats neither of these two man enjoy playing on grass like Lleyton does and their disinterest will prove their downfall.

(14) MARDY FISH - Pretty weak section of the draw here, Coria will probably get done by Moodie in Rd1 or Arthurs in Rd2. Fish will have to work hard to get through, with Clement, and the Swede's Bjorkman and Johansson all posing tough matches. Federer is the only man to have beaten him on grass for a while, which is pretty good thing to be able to claim.

(10) SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN - He will have no trouble moving through this section of the draw. Ferrero has nothing on grass and Gambill should be able to play well, but rarely does.

(11) MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS - Tough tough tough section of the draw with Henman, Philippoussis the perenniel Wimbledon contenders as well as the dangerous Gonzalez and the giant-killer Andreev. Philippoussis loves Wimbledon but his form has been atrocious lately. Henman has become a clay court specialist of late, and lost in Queens last week. I pick Philippoussis to serve 40 aces a match and get to Wimbledon quarters yet again.

MARIO ANCIC - Nalbandian is 10-2 at Wimbledon the last two years and is in good form coming off a SF run at Roland Garros, but I think the young man from Croatia has matured enough to stun Nalbandian in Rd1 and then fight off Haas or Malisse to get through to the quarters.

(12) SJENG SCHALKAN - Schuettler and Schalkan haven't had great preparation on grass in the last couple of weeks and wildcards Todd Reid and Greg Rusedski both know grass courts very well. Greg played pretty well in Nottingham this week, but I can't see him putting everything together over five sets, Schalkan has had some good results on grass and at Wimbledon before and should be too tough.

(2) ANDY RODDICK - Pavel and Dent can both be ultra tough to beat when they are on, but I think qualifier Gasquet will be the biggest threat to Roddick, but even he will be lucky to get a set off the A-Rod.

And so it happens....

Hewitt df. Federer (some remarkable victory like in 2003 Davis Cup)
Grosjean df. Fish (too much experience)
Philippoussis df. Ancic (too much impatience by the young Croat)
Roddick df. Schalkan (serve is unbreakable)

Hewitt df. Grosjean (the frenchman fails in yet another GS SF)
Roddick df. Philippoussis (lack of matches this year tells on Philippoussis)

Roddick df. Hewitt (Queens SF repeat)

Andy goes to the top of the world again and takes over Federer as No.1 although it may be short-lived unless he repeats his remarkable US summer run.
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Postby FulhamFan » Sat Jun 19, 2004 11:08 am

scrichaphan just pulled a gaudio. down 1-6 1-4 and he manages to win nottingham.

johansson beat mirnyi, rusedski and dent to get to the final. He's going to be a dangerous floater in the draw.

coria also beat karol beck and ancic so don't count him out
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Postby BelgiumDude » Mon Jun 28, 2004 5:58 am

nice picking borquat!!
you can still have 7 out of 8 :o
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Postby Borquat » Mon Jun 28, 2004 10:47 pm

Cheers mate, devastated with Philippoussis gtting ripped off by dirty local favouritism last night, but 6 out of 8 is still alright. My call about Roddick to win the championship looks OK because he hasn't lost a set yet, but from the matches I have seen, he hasn't been really impressive. We'll wait and see. Can Florian Mayer go any further? This kid has had an impressive year on the Challenger circuit, but to make the Wimbledon QF's! Crazy.
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Postby Luke Cage » Tue Jun 29, 2004 6:00 am

Hi Borqat. 6 out of 8 is pretty good. Before Wimbledon started I predicted correctly that Grosjean, Hewitt, Roddick, Henman & Federer would make it to the quarters because they always seem to do well at Wimbledon and other grass tournaments as it is for the case of Grosjean. Having said that predicting them to do well is a little easy and so hats of to you for correctly saying that Schalken, Ancic would do well.
For the semis I say that Hewitt can beat Federer in quarters but Federer is playing great. I say that Grosjean, Federer, Roddick and Henman make it to the semis. Finals will be Roddick against Federer with Federer reataining his title. :HeadBang:
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Postby UNTBOWLER » Tue Jun 29, 2004 8:49 am

I think Federer is playing amazing right now but Hewitt will be a battle with Federer pulling thru.
Grosjean should have enough experiece to take out Mayer.
Henman should beat Ancic, but everyone knows how Henman has trouble carrying Britain on his shoulders.
Finally Roddick should beat Schalken, but he has not played well at all.

Federer should take out Grosjean in a match similar to Hewitt.
Henman should be able to chip and charge is way to the finals by picking on the weak Roddick backhand and keeping the pressure on.

Federer should rip Henman apart. 8-[
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