Wimbledon 2015: July 1st Gentlemen’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) – Nole should win against the classy veteran.

Santiago Giraldo (COL) v Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5] – How healthy is Kei?  If he is not getting any better, this may be his last match on grass for 2015.

Tommy Haas (GER) v Milos Raonic (CAN) [7] – Both guys have battled back from recent injuries to be at this point. Haas has a career of injurt setbacks, but an improving Raonic is not what the doctor ordered.

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] v Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) – Stan needs to get through these days of slicker grass, but the hot temperatures should benefit Stan.

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11] v Steve Johnson (USA) – This is a trap match for Dimitrov.  Johnson is going to play a sound match.  Dimitrov’s confidence is not where it was one year ago.  I think Grigor wins, but Johnson is more than capable of extending this match.

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) v Kevin Anderson (RSA) [14] – Mr. Anderson played well at Queen’s Club and should make it into round 3.

Liam Broady (GBR) v David Goffin (BEL) [16] – Barring a homecourt explosion, I think Goffin wins.

Marin Cilic (CRO) [9] v Ricardas Berankis (LTU) – Cilic has still not returned to form from his injuries.  This might be an upset, but I think Cilic’s serve should help him stay safe for one more round at least.

John Millman (AUS) v Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) – Baghdatis has become a bit of a grass court specialist at this stage of his career.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) v Bernard Tomic (AUS) [27] – Tomic should win and the Aussie tennis officials will probably have mixed emotions about his win.

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [26] v Juan Monaco (ARG) – Monaco is a tough competitor.  I think the slick grass of the first few days at Wimbledon helps Kyrgios a lot.  If Nick decides to mail in a poor effort, Monaco will clip him.

Denis Kudla (USA) v Alexander Zverev (GER) – I like Kudla to advance here.  He has played well in grass court challenger events (!) leading into Wimbledon and is making the most of his main draw appearance.

Kenny De Schepper (FRA) v Richard Gasquet (FRA) [21] – Gasquet has enough ability to be favored here for a comfortable win.

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v Dominic Thiem (AUT) [32] – Thiem needs to take advantage of any leg weariness Verdasco may have from the first round.

Matthew Ebden (AUS) v John Isner (USA) [17] – I like Isner to win, but his key for the event will be avoiding long matches in these rounds so he has enough energy to challenge the players seeded ahead of him.

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) [24] v Marcel Granollers (ESP) – I’ll take a mild upset in what should be an excellent match. This match is worth watching up close if you have tickets.

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