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"Britons" handed tough draws at Wimbledon

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Tim Henman meets talented Swede Robin Soderling in the first round of Wimbledon, with Roger Federer a possible second-round opponent.

And after the British men were handed a testing draw, Greg Rusedski faces an opening clash with Marat Safin.

 

Wild card Alex Bogdanovic has the daunting prospect of playing world number two Rafael Nadal in round one.

 

Andy Murray will be more optimistic against Olympic champion and 31st seed Nicolas Massu, a clay-court expert.

 

And the reward for 20-year-old Joshua Goodall, who came through qualifying, is a tie with Melle van Gemerden of the Netherlands.

 

Defending champion Federer has an extremely testing match to open his bid for a fourth straight title as he meets France's Richard Gasquet.

 

The Swiss is seeded to meet David Nalbandian in the last four, although Lleyton Hewitt is in the same half and begins against Filippo Volandri.

 

Andy Roddick is in the opposite half to Federer, and the American is up against Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic in round one.

 

Andre Agassi starts what could be his last Wimbledon against Boris Pashanski of Serbia, with Nadal a possible third-round opponent.

 

In the women's singles, defending champion Venus Williams opens against against fellow American Bethanie Mattek.

 

Maria Sharapova is in the same half and will play Anna Smashnova in the first round, while world number one Amelie Mauresmo starts off against Croatian qualifier Ivana Abramovic.

 

In the lower half, Justine Henin-Hardenne begins against China's Yuan Meng.

 

Martina Hingis will take on Olga Savchuk of Ukraine and Kim Clijsters meets Vera Zvonareva, the winner at Edgbaston last week.

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Britons in quotation marks, I notice. I dunno, they find themselves one decent sportsman and they get all territorial about it. :(

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I like Henman because he is a true old-fashioned serve-and-volley player, but he won't stand a chance against the Rodgemeister.  :(

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Agree with that, like Henman but he won't stand a chance againt the master and he is suffering from his recent record leaving him unseeded and facing Federer so early.

 

In terms of Wimbledon Henman has been incredibly unlucky as his peak years happened to coincide with a freak in Sampras who was unplayable at Wimbledon or Henman would have had 2 or 3 Wimbledons because at his best he was excellent on grass courts. Then you had Goran's shock year and after that Henman has been slipping from his best and Federer is now unplayable at Wimbledon!

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Henman's best years are behind him, so I don't have much confidence in him progressing to even play Federer.

 

Rusedski will be out too.

 

Murray will go 2 sets up then get knackered from his deep fried diet and lose.

 

Ever the optimist.

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Henman's best years are behind him, so I don't have much confidence in him progressing to even play Federer.

 

Rusedski will be out too.

 

Murray will go 2 sets up then get knackered from his deep fried diet and lose.

 

Ever the optimist.

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Its definitely worrying that Murray seems incapable of lasting a full match. He's young and should be fit and full of energy yet as soon as a match goes to any length he gets cramp/ill/injured and struggles to a defeat.

 

He also need to get a coach in soon as he needs guidance and somebody to work on improving his game and certainly his stamina and fitness.

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May I be the first to say I don't give a shit about Wimbledon?

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You may and you won't be the last!

 

And this time with a chance of no Brits being left after the second round alot of people won't be giving a shit about it either!

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