Wimbledon 2015: 5 Men that Leave with Momentum and 5 Men that Leave with Questions

5 Men that Leave with Momentum

  1. Novak Djokovic – The world #1 leaves London with his 9th major title and 3rd Wimbledon title.  Novak played airtight tennis for nearly the entirety of the men’s final.  He has now won 3 of his previous 4 Grand Slam finals and is in a class of his own on tour.
  2. Roger Federer – Roger won his 8th Halle title and reached his 10th Wimbledon final.  Roger did not win his 8th Wimbledon title, but his work in reaching the final shows that Roger is still near the top of the game despite being close to his 34th birthday.
  3. Richard Gasquet – Gasquet will probably never be a fixture in the top 10 at this stage of his career, but his play in London reminded many of why they liked his game.
  4. Kevin Anderson – The big man had a couple of break points in the 5th set versus Novak Djokovic that could have swung the entire tournament.  He leaves knowning he was the only player to push Nole to the limit right as he enters the fast hardcourt swing of the tour.  I am not predicting a top 10 ranking, but he should be able to build on his time at Wimbledon in the coming weeks.
  5. Dustin Brown – Dreddy enters play in Newport, RI this week as a mini-celebrity.  His Q rating is up, and he has a memory for life.

5 Men that Leave with Questions

  1. Rafael Nadal – It is true Rafa let Wimbledon before the quarterfinal round from 2011-2014, but he also entered Wimbledon with a Roland Garros title in hand.  His 6 clay court losses this year were compounded by a loss to Dustin Brown in the round of 16.  I think anyone counting Rafa out is at best jumping the gun, but questions abound that may not be answered until the clay court season of 2016.
  2. Tomas Berdych – The Big Czech was anhilated by Gilles Simon.  His early 2015 form lacked losses to players he was expected to beat.  At Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Berdych lost before his seeding.
  3. Nick Kyrgios – Not that he played poorly at Wimbledon, but Tennis Australia/Patrick Rafter and Nick Kyrgios have some things to discuss.
  4. Grigor Dimitrov – He left Wimbledon 2014 looking as though he could make a big push toward the top of the game.  He leaves Wimbledon 2015 looking a bit like Jerzy Janowicz looked leaving Wimbledon 2014.
  5. Jack Sock – After Roland Garros, many were ready to give him the keys to US tennis.  Wimbledon did not exactly signal a smooth transition of power.  Still, Sock should have plenty of opportunities for points in the North American summer.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. jane says:

    agree – thoughts on murray?

    1. Dan Martin says:

      I think if the UK wins vs. France in Davis Cup he is okay, but I think his okay is more or less being a half step behind Nole at best.

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