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Wimbledon: Elf-Centred

Posted by gauloises1 on June 20, 2009

As I’ve previously mentioned, Rafa’s withdrawal means that JMDP will take his spot in the draw, relinquishing his previous spot in Nole’s quarter to James Blake.

Yes, that’s right. My man has his own quarter.

I’m trying to decide whether it’s good or not, and hence how nervous I should be. His projected route to the semis, and presumed semi-final opponents …

Pre-Rafa withdrawing: Seppi – Gicquel – Andreev – Haas – Djokovic – Federer

Post-Rafa withdrawing: Clement – Hewitt – Tursunov – Stepanek / Ferrer – Davydenko / Roddick – Murray

I think, anyway. I might have worked all of that out wrong.

But I do believe it looks *worse* for Elf than it did before Rafa pulled out. And that’s just going on the draw, without even factoring in the added pressure of Elf taking over such a high-profile vacated spot in the tournament.

Oh, and don’t forget that he hasn’t played a warm-up tournament and I’ve as yet unearthed exactly ONE photo of him even practicing on something that purports to be grass:

hurlingham

What the hell is that?! I’ll tell you what it is. That’s shit preparation for Wimbledon, that’s what that is.

What do you guys think?

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  1. Jills (Francophile) said

    LOL. Yeah, “Elf on grass” sounds really fantastic and majestic, but honestly that is bad preparation. I really think that me, Gilles and Delpo are all on the same “please give me some hard courts ffs” train.

    The post-Rafa projection definitely looks worse now that it’s written out like that. Nole totally benefited and Delpo got a tougher draw. And now that you’ve reminded me that Delpo didn’t play these last two weeks (the 2 weeks I’ve been trying to erase from my mind, that is), I see why you’re worried.

    I don’t think the pressure of having his own quarter will affect him though, seeing as how all the attention and pressure will be on Fed and Muzz. Hopefully.

  2. Joan said

    “Elf on grass” made me wonder what he would be like high.

    I’m done trying to forecast tennis results. I’m just going to go along for the ride. I’m letting the players and the booze do all the work. After getting molested by the draw at Roland Garros, I’m just not ready to have my expectatons trampled again.

    Djokovic does seem to be the only one whose immediate path has benefited from Rafa’s departure.

  3. Daniel said

    Question: Will Del Potro have the number one seed at Wimbledon?

    For example: at his first match, will the scoreboard say?:

    1-Del Potro
    Clement

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