My favorite Grand Slam tournament is finally upon us! Roger Federer and Garbiñe Muguruza will begin their defense of their Wimbledon titles at the All-England Club on Monday. As usual, there are some interesting storylines to follow.
For the gentlemen, is there a young player who will emerge and make a name for themselves? How far can two-time champion Andy Murray go after returning from a hip injury just a few weeks ago? Can reigning French Open champion Rafael Nadal finally make it past the fourth round for the first time since 2011?
For the women, will there a fourth straight first-time Grand Slam tournament champion? Most importantly, how will Serena Williams do after withdrawing from the French Open due to a pectoral injury?
Once again, I will channel my inner-psychic abilities and correctly predict who will lift the Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy and Venus Rosewater Dish, respectively.
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES DRAW
No. 1 Seed Roger Federer’s Quarter of the Draw
TOP HALF FT. FEDERER, BORNA CORIC, etc.
This section will pretty straightforward, with all four seeded players advancing to the third round. The fourth round matchup most will want to see is Federer vs. Ćorić, which would be a rematch of Sunday’s Halle Open final where Ćorić stunned Federer in three sets. Unfortunately, No. 22 seed Adrian Mannarino, who has defeated Ćorić on grass in the past, will spoil that matchup. The Frenchman’s run will stop in the fourth round once Federer dispatches of him in straight sets, just like their previous four matchups.
BOTTOM HALF FT. KEVIN ANDERSON, SAM QUERREY, etc.
Once again, all four seeded players should reach the third round without much trouble, but this is where things will get interesting. Despite a semifinal appearance at Wimbledon last year, Querrey will come up against an even tougher player in No. 23 seed Richard Gasquet, who is coming off a title at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships two weeks ago. As for Anderson, the big South African has struggled to re-gain his form since returning from a thigh injury, losing in three sets to Leonardo Mayer at the Queen’s Club Championships on June 19. No. 25 seed Phillipp Kohlschreiber will bounce on Anderson’s struggles, but fall to the red-hot Gasquet in the fourth round.
No. 3 Seed Marin Čilić’s Quarter of the Draw
TOP HALF FT. CILIC, MILOS RAONIC, LUCAS POUILLE, etc.
If there is a place where young, rising Americans can do well, it is in this section. Pouille is coming off a disappointing straight-set loss against young upstart Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Halle Open, while a leg injury has kept No. 28 seed Filip Krajinović has out of action since the Miami Open back in March. Pouille will fall in the first round to 25-year-old American Denis Kudla. If healthy, Krajinović should win his first round match, but could run into trouble against 23-year-old American Mackenzie McDonald in the second round. Both of these upsets will clear the way for an exciting fourth round matchup between Čilić, one of last year’s Wimbledon finalists, and Raonic, a 2016 finalist. At age 27, Raonic has yet to prove himself against the big names in men’s tennis, as shown by his relatively easy path to the Halle Open final, where he lost in straight sets to Federer. Čilić, however, recently knocked off Querrey, Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic on his way to the title at the Queen’s Club Championships. It’s hard to see Čilić‘s streak of four consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinals ending this year.
BOTTOM HALF FT. GRIGOR DIMITROV, JOHN ISNER, PABLO CARRENO BUSTA, etc.
This is the one of the more wide-open sections in the entire draw, as all three names listed above will fall within the first three rounds. Isner, who has never advanced past the third round at the All-England club, will fall to fellow American Steve Johnson in a second round battle of human trash. Carreño Busta, who has admitted that grass is his weakest surface, will make it past the first round at Wimbledon for the first time in his career, only to fall to fan favorite Cameron Norrie in the second round. These upsets will open the door for either Dimitrov or No. 31 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas. Unfortunately for Dimitrov, who yours truly recently learned is dating Nicole Scherzinger, he has yet to make it past the fourth round at Wimbledon since his semifinal run back in 2014. On top of that, the 27-year-old Bulgarian has had disappointing results in both major tournaments this year, losing to an unseeded Kyle Edmund in the quarterfinals as the No. 3 seed at the Australian Open and losing to the No. 30 seed Fernando Verdasco as the No. 4 seed at the French Open. As for Tsitsipas, the 19-year-old from Greece has picked up a few decent results on grass this season, reaching the quarterfinals at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships and the Round of 16 at the Queen’s Club Championships. Tsitsipas will upset Dimitrov in five sets and advance to his first-ever quarterfinals at a Grand Slam event.
No. 4 Seed Alexander Zverev’s Quarter of the Draw
TOP HALF FT. DOMINIC THIEM, NOVAK DJOKOVIC, etc.
There are a lot of dangerous, young unseeded players in this section of the draw that could shake things up right from the opening serve. One of those players is 20-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, who faces a struggling No. 30 seed Fernando Verdasco in the first round. Another young player to keep an eye on is 22-year-old Karen Khachanov, who has a great chance of a second round upset over French Open finalist Dominic Thiem, who suffered a bad straight-set loss in the quarterfinals of the Halle Open at the hands Yuichi Sugita. Speaking of which, Sugita will also capitalize in a second round upset over No. 21 seed Kyle Edmund, who has had a so-so grass court season to this point and may find the pressure of being Britain’s top-ranked player at Wimbledon a bit too overwhelming. So with Tiafoe, Khachanov and Sugita advancing to the third round, Djokovic should breeze to the quarterfinals in a three or four set match against Tiafoe in the fourth round.
BOTTOM HALF FT. ZVEREV, NICK KYRGIOS, etc.
Following his win in the Italian Open final over Zverev earlier this year, Rafael Nadal said of Zverev’s Grand Slam future, “If he’s not playing well in Grand Slams in the next two years, you can come back to me and tell me ‘You don’t know anything about tennis.'” A few weeks later, the 21-year-old German reached his first-ever major quarterfinal at the French Open, where he fell to Thiem. On the bright side, it was a step in the right direction for a player who has defeated the likes of Federer and Djokovic on the ATP Tour, but has yet to even reach the point of facing those players at Grand Slam tournaments. On top of that, Zverev is entering Wimbledon following a disappointing loss to Ćorić in his opening match at Halle. Fortunately, his draw is simple enough that he should reach the third round before falling to No. 27 seed Damir Džumhur, who is coming off a title win at the Antalya Open this past week. Not to mention, there is another young star in this section of the draw who has arguably more talent than Zverev, but has yet to put it all together, perhaps due to immaturity or lack of mental toughness. Another early exit from Zverev should open the door for Kyrgios, who John McEnroe has dubbed “the most talented tennis player of the last 10 years,” to return to the quarterfinals at the All-England Club for the first time since defeating Rafael Nadal as a 19-year-old wild card entry back in 2014.
No. 2 Seed Rafael Nadal’s Quarter of the Draw
TOP HALF FT. JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO, DAVID GOFFIN, JACK SOCK, etc.
The big story in this section is whether two-time Wimbledon champion and crowd favorite Andy Murray is fully healthy to compete for Grand Slam titles. The 31-year-old has played just three competitive matches in the lead-up to Wimbledon, losing two of them to Kyrgios and Edmund, respectively. Murray should make it past the first round in straight sets, but it would be stunning to see him make it past the second or third round considering his injury and his potential opponents (UPDATE: Murray has withdrawn, as of this morning). It also does not help that there will be chaos in this section, so much so that three seeded players will fall in the first round. No. 26 seed Denis Shapovalov, who has struggled on grass this season, has little to no chance against the red-hot Jérémy Chardy, who possesses a 12-2 record on grass in 2018 across all competitions. Sock has lost in straight sets twice on grass this season and will certainly be on upset alert against 22-year-old Italian Matteo Berrettini. Last, but certainly not least, Goffin, who lost his lone match on grass this season to Feliciano López at the Queen’s Club Championships will fall victim to 30-year-old Australian Matthew Ebden, who made the semifinals at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships and the quarterfinals at the Queen’s Club Championships. Speaking of Lopez, the 36-year-old Spaniard is capable of upsetting del Potro, who has not played a single match since the French Open. From there, it’s basically a toss-up between Chardy, López and Ebden for the quarterfinals spot. Let’s just go with Ebden.
BOTTOM HALF FT. NADAL, DIEGO SCHWARTZMAN, FABIO FOGNINI, etc.
Schwartzman is coming off a bad loss in Nottingham against Lukáš Lacko and is not a strong grass-court player, as shown by the fact that he has never made it past the first round at the All-England Club. Unseeded Bosnian Mirza Bašić should take advantage, as should the other Mischa Zverev in his second round match against No. 29 seed Marco Cecchinato. The older Zverev brother is coming off his first ATP tile win at the Eastbourne International this past week, while Cecchinato failed to make it past the first round in his lone Wimbledon appearance last year. While Zverev’s tendency to come to the net could give Nadal some problems in the third round, the Spaniard should advance and set up one of the more exciting Round of 16 matches against Fognini. Despite not advancing past the fourth round at Wimbledon since 2011, the draw should work in Nadal‘s favor. If he can get through this section of the draw, he will go all the way.
Roger Federer  DEF. Richard Gasquet 
Marin Čilić  DEF. Stefanos Tsitsipas 
Novak Djokovic  DEF. Nick Kyrgios 
Rafael Nadal  DEF. Matthew Ebden
Roger Federer  DEF. Marin Čilić 
Rafael Nadal  DEF. Novak Djokovic 
How poetic would this be? Almost 10 years to the day of their legendary 2008 final, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal face off, perhaps for the final time, at the All-England Club. It would truly be a testament to all that these two legends have accomplished in the intervening decade. This final would also guarantee seven straight Grand Slam tournaments won between these two legends, dating back to the 2016 U.S. Open. In another five-set classic that will go down in history, the defending champion will exact his revenge from that 2008 final loss and capture his ninth Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam title overall.
Roger Federer  DEF. Rafael Nadal 
LADIES’ SINGLES DRAW
No. 1 Seed Simona Halep’s Quarter of the Draw
TOP HALF FT. HALEP, ELISE MERTENS, etc.
After finally capturing her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros last month, Halep deservedly took the next month off to recuperate for this tournament. The 26-year-old has a relatively easy draw and should breeze to the fourth round. Mertens, however, has struggled on grass this season and will be on upset alert in the first round against American Danielle Collins. That should open the door for No. 22 seed and Britain’s own Johanna Konta, who defeated Halep in the quarterfinals in one of the best matches of last year’s tournament. If Konta can string together a few wins and use the home crowd to further build her confidence, she will beat Halep again.
BOTTOM HALF FT. PETRA KVITOVA, JELENA OSTAPENKO, etc.
Beware of Kirsten Flipkens, and for a number of reasons. First off, her potential second round opponent, Ostapenko, is coming off a shocking first round loss at Roland Garros, arguably the worst Grand Slam result of any player this season. A straight set loss to Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarterfinals at the Eastbourne International certainly does not inspire much confidence in her ability to advance far in this tournament. Outside of Flipkens, expect a few more second round upsets, including American Sofia Kenin knocking off No. 24 seed and pathological liar Maria Sharapova, who has not played a match on grass since the 2015 Wimbledon championships. Although she has not done well at Wimbledon historically, three-time Grand Slam champion Samantha Stosur is more than capable of an upset over No. 26 seed Daria Gavrilova, who also lost to Radwanska at the Eastbourne International and has advanced past the first round at the All-England Club just once. This will all set up an exciting rematch of the 2013 Wimbledon quarterfinals between Flipkens and Kvitová, a match in which Flipkens won after dropping the first set. Why can’t she do it again?
No. 3 Seed Garbiñe Muguruza’s Quarter of the Draw
TOP HALF FT. MUGURUZA, DARIA KASATKINA, ASHLEIGH BARTY, etc.
Muguruza is the defending champion, but will the “defending champion” show up? To clarify, outside of last year’s title and a finals appearance in 2016, the 24-year-old Spaniard bowed out within the first two rounds in her other three Wimbledon appearances. Considering No. 28 seed Anett Kontaveit’s struggles on grass this season, the path is clear for Muguruza to reach the fourth round. Beyond that point, however, will be tough considering the recent grass play of Barty, who defeated the likes of Konta and Naomi Osaka on her way to the Nottingham Open title. She will advance past beyond the second round, but it will unfortunately be another disappointing Wimbledon result for Muguruza.
BOTTOM HALF FT. CAROLINA GARCIA, ANGELIQUE KERBER, NAOMI OSAKA, etc.
No. 27 seed Carla Suárez Navarro will be on upset alert against 23-year-old German Carina Witthöft in the first round. This section will blown even more wide open when Garcia falls to unseeded Alison Riske in the second round. The 27-year-old American has not only beaten Garcia at the All-England club before, but she is coming off two quarterfinal appearances on grass this season, including at the Mallorca Open, where she defeated Kerber in the first round. That leaves the aforementioned Kerber and Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, another 2013 Wimbledon quarterfinalist, as the only players left who could come out of this section. In an exciting fourth round match, Kanepi will use her earlier Wimbledon success over Kerber to get back to the quarterfinals.
No. 4 Seed Sloane Stephens’ Quarter of the Draw
TOP HALF FT. KAROLINA PLISKOVA, VENUS WILLIAMS, KIKI BERTENS, etc.
It’s amazing to consider that Venus Williams made the final of Wimbledon last year at age 37. Now one year older, the older Williams sister has a relatively easy draw back to the fourth round, considering Bertens’ unconvincing play on grass this season. However, the winner of this section may come down to a first round matchup between No. 29 seed Mihaela Buzărnescu and 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus. Both have been fantastic on grass this season, but the slight edge should go to Sabalenka, who won her first WTA title at the Eastbourne Invitational this past week. In her path to the title, she defeated Plíšková, her potential third round matchup, in a close three-set match in the quarterfinals at the Eastbourne International. Taking into account Venus’ two first-round exits at Grand Slam tournaments this year, the cards could fall into place for Sabalenka to go very far in this tournament, which would make it three unseeded players in the quarterfinals thus far.
BOTTOM HALF FT. STEPHENS, JULIA GOERGES, etc.
Speaking of unseeded players, don’t expect many ranked players to advance deep in this section of the draw. Goerges and No. 23 seed Barbara Strycova have both been beaten on grass by their first round opponents, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig and 2017 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Svetlana Kuznetsova. No. 31 seed Shuai Zhang, who suffered a bad first round loss at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships last week, will not be a threat either, bowing out to Germany’s Mona Barthel in the second round. This will open the door wide open for Stephens, another 2013 Wimbledon quarterfinalist. Despite not playing on grass this season, the 25-year-old American is coming off a finals appearance at the French Open. Add in the easy draw, and it should not take Stephens long to re-gain her form and get back to the quarterfinals once again.
No. 2 Seed Caroline Wozniacki’s Quarter of the Draw
TOP HALF FT. ELINA SVITOLINA, MADISON KEYS, MAGDALENA RYBARIKOVA, etc.
Let’s not mince words… this is No. 25 seed Serena Williams’ section of the draw. All eyes will be on the 19-time Grand Slam champion and her battle back from a pectoral injury that forced her to withdraw before her surefire pummeling of Sharapova in the French Open Round of 16. Even if she is not at 100 percent, Williams should make quick work of her first two opponents. The third round is where this section can get blown wide open. While many expect her to play Svitolina, there’s a great chance that the No. 5 seed may not even make it out of the first round. Svitolina’s opponent, Tatjana Maria, is coming off her first WTA Singles title at the Mallorca Open last week. It really comes down to whether Serena is completely healthy, and at the moment, no one really knows. In the bottom half of this section, it’s a toss-up between Keys and Rybáriková for the other spot in the Round of 16. Either way, neither will be able to match up with the in-form Maria.
BOTTOM HALF FT. WOZNIACKI, COCO VANDEWEGHE, etc.
The main noisemaker in this section will be Aleksandra Krunić, the 25-year-old Serbian who is also coming off her first WTA Singles title at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships last week. Not only will she dispatch of No. 21 seed Anastasija Sevastova, who is also playing well on grass this season, but she will also defeat Vandeweghe, who lost in straight sets to Krunić in Holland. She will meet reigning Australian Open champion Wozniacki, who is also coming off a title at the Eastbourne International this past week, in the fourth round. The 26-year-old Dane is 0-6 in fourth round matches at the All-England Club, so it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that she could fall to a player in good form such Krunić. However, with the pressure of not winning a major off her shoulders combined with the her recent form and possible chaos of the other sections, Wozniacki is the odds-on favorite to lift the lift the Venus Rosewater Dish.
Kirsten Flipkens DEF. Johanna Konta 
Ashleigh Barty  DEF. Kaia Kanepi
Aryna Sabalenka DEF. Sloane Stephens 
Caroline Wozniacki  DEF. Tatjana Maria
Ashleigh Barty  DEF. Kirsten Flipkens
Caroline Wozniacki  DEF. Aryna Sabalenka
There has been seven different winners over the last Grand Slam Tournaments, including three consecutive first-time major champions. Since Serena’s Australian Open win 2017, no one player has grabbed the women’s game by the scruff of the neck, which has led to a lot of unpredictability, particularly at majors. This tournament will no different, but if their recent quarterfinal match at the Eastbourne International was any indication, Wozniacki will continue her dream 2018 season and pick up her second Grand Slam title.
Caroline Wozniacki  DEF. Ashleigh Barty