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Friday, June 18, 2010

Wimbledon 2010 Preview

It's that time of the year again. You know the feeling. The sun is starting to come out more, the air is warmer, jobs are ending, people, in general, are happier. Oh, and Wimbledon, too.

Wimbledon 2010 - the tournament that is doomed to be forgotten. Why do I say that? Because the last two years at Wimbledon have been spectacular, offering the best Tennis has to offer. Two five set epic finals in a row, with one resulting in all time grand slam record? You can't beat that. At least not three times in a row.

That being said Wimbledon 2010 should still be enjoyable and entertaining.

Wimbledon 2010 Tournament Stories:

  • Roger is going for his 17th grand slam title. 17. Say that out loud. Say it again. It's an unbelievable number. The fact is, though, that Roger is past his prime. He's almost in his thirties and his not hitting his forehand like he was when he was twenty-six. But it's Wimbledon 2010. It's Roger. It's a grand slam. It's on grass. He is still, without a doubt, the favorite going in.
  • The Return of Rafa. The king of clay is back and he's swinging for the fences. After his dominating win at the French Open, Nadal retook the number one ranking for Federer. Of course, that didn't matter to Wimbledon who still seeded Roger as number one and Nadal as number two. The question for Nadal is if his game is able to compete on grass. He won this tournament two years ago against Roger, and wasn't able to defend it last year. Will there be revenge in mind for Roger if the two meet in the final?
  • The will of the Andy's. Andy Roddick and Andy Murray. They met in the semi finals last year with Roddick playing one of the best matches of his career. Roddick then went on to play an even better match in the finals against, you guessed it, Roger Federer. He lost to one the greatest player of all time in the longest mens final in history, losing 16-14 in the fifth. Murray on the other hand is coming off a Australian Open final loss to Roger Federer and is England's great hope. Is it his time to shine?
  • One last surge of Hewitt? The truth is Hewitt was a player perfect for his time. He was a transition player, playing in the era that was the slow downfall of Sampras and Agassi, and the rise of Roger and Rafa. He's won his two grand slams by working hard and having the heart of a lion. If he's to make another run its going to have to emphasize those two traits, with the addition of a little luck.
  • The other guys. Theres also a few surprises at Wimbledon (Look at Roger beating Sampras a decade ago), and its safe to say that Wimbledon 2010 will be no different.

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