The first round of Wimbledon starts at 6:30 AM (EDT) tomorrow morning and I already mentioned the matches that are the most heartbreaking for that half of the draw. The bottom half also has a few of those first-round matches that will end up being a nightmare for the fans.
Philipp Kohlschreiber (27) vs Tommy Haas
Both had a great tournament in Halle. Kohlschreiber, for the first time in his career, defeated Rafael Nadal, and Tommy Haas, at 34, won the tournament, defeating Roger Federer in the finals, showing that those hinting he should retire due to the numerous injuries that plagued him over the last two years had it all wrong. Both players could have gone far in this Wimbledon. The draw made the two countrymen have to knock each other out right from the start.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5) vs Lleyton Hewitt
There are no easy comebacks and Rusty is the living proof of it. He came back at Roland Garros after undergoing a foot surgery that should really fix (no pun intended) the problem for good, lost in the first round to Blaz Kavcic, then also lost in the first round of Queen’s to Ivo Karlovic. Now, he has to play last year’s semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for starters. I don’t know how fit the 2002 champion is, but he will need all his fighting spirit and game if he wants to pull the almost unbelievable upset.
David Ferrer (7) vs Dustin Brown
German Dustin Brown comes from the qualifications and his old-style game really destined him to a good tournament. The draw seems to have made it otherwise, as he will face World no 5 (and seventh seed) David Ferrer, who just won the Unicef Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and is, as always, in great shape. The contrast of styles should make for a very interesting match. Sadly, one of the players will have to lose and my guess is that it will be Dreddy.
Bring on the action, Wimbledon, and may the best man win in two weeks!