Andy Muray takes on Milos Raonic in the final.

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The excitement for Wimbledon 2017 builds

Courtside Watch editors

Keshav Gopalan

Wimbledon champion: Roger Federer

He reinvented his game, especially his backhand, the results of which are evident with the wins in the Australian Open and grabbing the Sunshine Double. Only two losses have consolidated how well he’s been playing, and an eighth Wimbledon seems eminent.

Who’s going to be upset? Novak Djokovic

Sure, he’s won Eastbourne, but his form this season has been extremely erratic (Case in point: Rome). He faces Del Potro in the third round, and I have no doubt he’ll be upset by him.

Unseeded player who could have a deep run: Either Tommy Haas or Kevin Anderson.

Anderson has had a great 2017 so far, having come back after being sidelined for a year. Haas is playing his last season and has had a win over Federer. His movement is lacklustre, but I have no doubt that he’ll play well. They’re touted to play in the third round, and I won’t be surprised if it goes to five sets.

Can Murray defend his title and world no. 1 spot at Wimbledon?

Luca D’Amico-Wong

Wimbledon champion: Andy Murray

Partly because of my fear of jinxing Federer, I’m giving this one to Murray. He hasn’t played well all season, but he steps it up here in London, and barring a Fognini/Kyrgios attitude adjustment, he shouldn’t have much to worry about until the semifinals.

Who’s going to be upset? Rafael Nadal

Rafa will have to face at least a couple of big servers – the young Russian, Khachanov, and most likely one of Karlovic or Muller, including a deadly QF match with Cilic. He’s struggled with these “servebots” in the past, and I see no reason why that will change.

Unseeded player who could have a deep run: Kevin Anderson

The South African stands at a whopping 6’ 8”, and his massive serve poses a huge threat here on the grass. He almost took out Novak two years ago, and a relatively weak section with Wawrinka and Tsonga means I can see him getting to the quarters.

Étienne Giguère-Allard

Wimbledon champion: Roger Federer

Roger has had a tremendous 2017 so far and he is about to play his favourite tournament. Over the year, he bounced back from his losses in a stunning fashion and is not likely to be upset in a best-of-5 match against a weaker opponent. I suspect him to be highly motivated and is possibly the best grass-player of all time, so I would not put my money against him at Wimbledon this year.

Who’s going to be upset? Kei Nishikori

The Japanese player never passed the 4th round at Wimbledon, and just had to retire from his only match on grass of the year in Halle against Karen Khachanov. I do not see this player reach the 2nd week at Wimbledon this year and he could be upset in the early rounds, especially in the 2nd round where he will face a strong grass opponent in Benneteau or Stakhovsky.

Unseeded player who could have a deep run: Kevin Anderson

The South African will meet Fernando Verdasco in the 1st round and won their only encounter on grass, in 2016. That win would open up the draw for him until the 4th round, where he could meet Stan Wawrinka. Anderson also has a 1-0 record against Stan on grass and a total record of 4-5. Even if he does not face the most accessible opponents in the draw, he could end up having a strong showing at Wimbledon this year.

Federer remains the odds on favorite for an unprecedented eigth Wimbledon crown

Tennis-Pulse editors

Neil Cranston

Wimbledon champion: Roger Federer

Last year a knee injury put a hold to Federer’s search for glory at SW19. In 2014 and 2015, Djokovic stood in the way. This year none of these things are likely to bother the Swiss. If Federer finds his spring form, he’s my favorite to lift the trophy.

Who’s going to be upset? Novak Djokovic

An accepted wildcard to Eastbourne screams panic. A confident Djokovic doesn’t need tune ups – in fact he hasn’t played a grass tournament prior to Wimbledon in seven years. On grass you need the margins on your side and chances are he won’t find his rhythm in time.

Unseeded player who could have a deep run: Jerzy Janowicz

Who doesn’t remember Janowicz’s run to the Wimbledon semifinals four years ago? While he might never reach those kinds of heights ever again, he’s been dealt a kind draw that could carry him far if he finds anything close to his best form.

Yoeri Nieuwland

Wimbledon champion: Roger Federer

It’s hard to bypass Federer on grass even when he would have a subpar year. But this year it’s quite the contrary. Losing to Haas in Stuttgart could’ve set in a downward spiral but in the other part of Germany in Halle he set the record straight while breaking it with a 9th title. Whenever the man is confident the ball becomes his servant. Everything flows from his serve on the lively surface. If he serves well I see no reason why he should lose.

Who’s going to be upset? Andy Murray.

As the no. 1 it will always be an upset in whichever round you lose. But Andy seemed to have paid the price with injuries and loss of form for getting to the top of the mountain late last year. But he’s the defending champion and he could get on a roll if the high expectations from the British crowd and press don’t become too heavy for him. Losing to ‘lucky loser’ Jordan Thompson at Queen’s just isn’t a good omen.

Unseeded player who could have a deep run: Robin Haase

Not just proclaiming this as a Dutchie myself. Going down the list his name is the one that stands out for me. He has been steadily climbing up the rankings, now back in the top 40. He reached the quarters in Halle where he beat Thiem and then lost to Gasquet in an exciting match. He also beat grass specialist Mahut in Eastbourne. His game suits the surface albeit his movement is not always easy on the eyes. But remember, he took Rafa to five sets a couple of years ago. Give him a big stage and he starts to shine!

Is Robin Haase going to be the dark horse that surprises everyone this year?

Shuvam Chakraborty

Wimbledon champion: Roger Federer

Federer was born to play on grass, and even at this age has the most natural grass game of anyone in the draw as he showed in Halle. Add to that Djokovic’s slump, Murray’s injuries, and Nadal’s grass woes, and the stars align in favor of the Swiss.

Who’s going to be upset? Novak Djokovic

Despite Eastbourne win, I don’t expect Djokovic to break out of his slump here. His section has players like Lopez, who won Queens and has the variety to trouble Djokovic on this surface, and Thiem who humiliated him in Paris. Look for Djokovic to go down before the potential date with Federer.

Unseeded player who could have a deep run: Andrey Rublev

Rublev, the extremely talented but inconsistent nineteen year old, has a game made for grass with a huge forehand. He impressively made it through qualifying, and has a nice draw. The big seed in his section is Raonic, but Raonic has struggled all year. This could be where Rublev begins his ascent to the top of the game.

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