Wimbledon 2017: 10 Quick Hits

  1. Roger Federer’s 8th Wimbledon Title – In 2005, Federer beat a 35-year-old Andre Agassi in the US Open final.  By the end of the match, Agassi looked old.  Roger Federer is 35 and looks a lot like he did in 2005.
  2. Garbine Muguruza – She has a chance to become a consistent star on the WTA Tour.  She has already become a consistent threat at majors reaching at least one major final in each of the past three years.
  3. Venus Williams – Her career best results have come at Wimbledon.  While she did not claim a 6th title, Venus did prove again that her veteran status does not disqualify her as a contender.
  4. Marin Cilic – He reached a second major final.  Can he reach more?
  5. Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber – Can they find the right footing heading into the second hard court season?  Not being #1 may help each of them.
  6. Andy Murray’s Reign as #1 – It continues, but his reign has also underwhelmed.
  7. Novak Djokovic – An arm injury may force time away from the ATP Tour and even surgery.  Djokovic is capable of returning to the top, but he will need a healthy arm to do so.  I think taking a long-view is a smart way to approach the remainder of 2017.
  8. Karolina Pliskova – Her rise to #1 is noteworthy, but I think a major title would go a long way to solidifying that ranking.
  9. Tomas Berdych – He may be one or two breaks in a draw away from winning a major.  With half of the big 4 looking ify heading into the US Open and Stan Wawrinka perhaps still shell-shocked from Roland Garros, could Berdych’s consistency pay off in September?
  10. Tommy Haas – He owns the only grass court victory over Roger Federer in 2017.

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