By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Sunday June 19, 2022
These ten gamers will take momentum into Wimbledon after a robust begin to the grass season.
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Because the second week of grass-court season involves a detailed, we flip our ideas to the gamers who’re emphatically stating their case within the lead as much as Wimbledon.
1. Matteo Berretini
Again-to-back titles on grass and 20 out of 21 on the floor since June of 2021. It has been the very best return to the tour for Italy’s Berrettini, who has hit the bottom working since he made his return from hand surgical procedure, taking part in his first aggressive match since Indian Wells at Stuttgart.
Berrettini, now 31-3 on grass because the begin of 2019, and a runner-up at Wimbledon final yr, is hoping to take it one step additional in 2022.
2. Beatriz Haddad Maia
Brazil’s Haddad Maia has emerged as one of many scorching names on grass after racking up ten consecutive wins in Nottingham and Birmingham over the previous two weeks. It hasn’t been a fluke. The hard-hitting southpaw has notched wins over Maria Sakkari, Alison Riske, Petra Kvitova, Camila Giorgi and Simona Halep in that span. She’s going to make her top-30 debut on Monday and ultimately head to Wimbledon as a participant with excessive expectations.
Subsequent query: How will she deal with them?
3. Daniil Medvedev
Again-to-back finals in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Halle supplied the general public with proof that Medvedev could be a power on grass. His efficiency in each finals left many scratching their heads, nevertheless. Blowout losses to comparatively unknown Tim Van Rijthoven within the Netherlands adopted by Hurkacz on Sunday in Halle, make us marvel what precisely is lacking from Medvedev’s recreation in the meanwhile.
Might it merely be the truth that he has nothing to play for on account of the truth that he’ll not be permitted to play Wimbledon? Or is the World No.1 merely having hassle understanding the x’s and o’s of his serve and return video games on grass? Seems to be a little bit of each…
4. Ons Jabeur
Taking the title in Berlin, Ons Jabeur will as soon as once more head to a Grand Slam with momentum in 2022 (she does play Eastbourne subsequent week, first). It didn’t work effectively in Paris, the place Jabeur was ousted within the first spherical by Poland’s Magda Linette, however that have ought to solely serve to inspire Jabeur.
The Tunisian has a recreation that shines on grass, and can enter the draw as considered one of a handful of gamers who may take the title if Iga Swiatek slips.
At 21-9 lifetime on grass – and 15-2 because the begin of 2021 – it’s clear that Jabeur has what it takes to go deep at Wimbledon. She proved that final yr by reaching the final eight at SW19.
5. Andy Murray
If he’s wholesome, Andy Murray may very well be in for his first journey to the second week at a Slam since 2017. The Scot is a real legend on the grass – his two Wimbledon titles and lifelong file of 114-24 on the floor inform that story – all he has to do is proceed the progress he has been making with Ivan Lendl to make waves at Wimbledon.
His journey to the ultimate in Stuttgart was definitely a step in the correct path. Now we wait and see if Murray may be 100% match, with the stomach harm that took him out of Queen’s Membership within the rearview mirror.
6. Nick Kyrgios
The Aussie was a tick or two away from taking out Hubert Hurkacz within the semis at Halle, and that claims quite a bit about how deadly he’s on grass in the meanwhile. Regardless of the loss, Kyrgios has reached back-to-back semifinals at Stuttgart and Halle and is of sound thoughts, physique and spirit as he heads to Mallorca for one final occasion earlier than Wimbledon.
The Aussie can be unseeded at Wimbledon – the participant no person desires to see within the first spherical – and if the draw breaks his means he may simply make his means into the second week. How will he maintain up within the five-set format, with all of the stress that inevitably comes at Wimbledon? If all goes effectively, we’ll get our reply in a number of weeks’ time.
7. Hubert Hurkacz
Wow. Simply wow. The Pole’s efficiency towards Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s Halle remaining was a pure assertion of intent from Hurkacz. Already with a Wimbledon semifinal on his resume from 2021, it seems that Hurkacz may very well be a fixture within the second week at Wimbledon for a few years to come back.
When Hurkacz’s recreation is engaged on grass he’s extraordinarily environment friendly on either side of the ball, and capable of finding methods to get his opponent on protection together with his heavy-handed assault. Wins over Felix Auger-Aliassime, Kyrgios and Medvedev in succession to say his first title in Halle have been a robust assertion.
8. Simona Halep
The Romanian fell in three units to Beatriz Haddad Maia within the semis at Birmingham, however her return to the grass for the primary time since successful Wimbledon in 2019 was a hit. Halep reached the semis with out dropping a set and seems to be discovering her kind on the floor.
Now, for that elusive subsequent step, one thing that has eluded her in 2022 as she has didn’t strategy her acknowledged purpose of returning to the High-10.
9. Coco Gauff
It was good to see 18-year-old American Coco Gauff shake off the Roland-Garros remaining and hit the grass working in Berlin. Gauff opened eyes along with her straight-set takedown of 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Karolina Pliskova within the quarters, even when she couldn’t get previous top-seeded Ons Jabeur within the semis.
Gauff, like Jabeur, has confirmed to be a whiz at making the transition from clay to grass. With one other week to gear up her recreation, she may very well be prepared for an additional breakout at SW19.
10. Marin Cilic
Coming in scorching after reaching the Roland-Garros semis, mighty Marin Cilic reached the semifinals at Queen’s, the place he fell to Filip Krajinovic. Not his finest end result, however Cilic has what it takes to be an element at Wimbledon, the place he’s a former runner-up.
At 80-32 lifetime on grass, Cilic is all the time going to be an element at Wimbledon. He has reached the second week at Roland-Garros and Wimbledon in the identical yr twice beforehand (a type of years was 2017, the yr he reached the Wimbledon remaining).
A 3rd time is definitely within the playing cards this yr.