ESPN's picks for Wimbledon (prepare to not be shocked)

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    Tennis Expert Picks - All England Lawn Tennis Championships
    Editor's note: In selecting our picks, an "early exit" must be by a player currently seeded in the top 10, and a "sleeper" is someone outside the top 10.

    MEN'S WINNER: Federer (5), Nadal (3), Murray (1)

    Early Exit: Berdych (2), Nadal (2), Fish (2), Roddick (1), Soderling (1), Djokovic (1)
    Men's Sleeper: Tsonga (5), Isner (2), Raonic (1), Gasquet (1)

    WOMEN'S WINNER: Sharapova (6), Li Na (1), Kvitova (1), Wozniacki (1)

    Women's Early Exit: Schiavone (5), Azarenka (2), S. Williams (1), Wozniacki (1)
    Women's Sleeper: V. Williams (4), Hantuchova (3), Vinci (1), Petkovic (1)

    Discuss

    Some notes:

    -Djoker not picked by anyone to win; Shriver selects him as an early exit
    -Neither Serena nor Venus are pegged to win
    -Drysdale and McEnroe select Nadal as a potential early exit
    -McEnroe jumps on the bandwagon and picks Li Na to win it all
     
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  2. bezs

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    Nadal early exit, let the flaming begin :lol:
     
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  3. bolo

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    Thank Jesus, all is again right with the world! :)
     
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  4. Legend of Borg

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    I'm not shocked.
     
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    nadal early exit? what??
     
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  6. Tobias Fünke

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    Where are Brad Gilbert's picks?
     
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  7. bolo

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    I wish the picks could be exactly like this for ever and ever. I don't think I am asking for too much at all. :)
     
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  8. Magnus

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    Nah, Nadal's winning it. Djokovic is yet prove himself on grass and Fed will struggle like last year. Nadal will struggle in some matches but will eventually win. Murray will reach the semis.
     
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    soderling will fall in the second round to hewitt in my oppinion
     
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  10. MethodTennis

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    Murray and Roddick to win most likely. Plus who cares aside from his book everything he has ever said and done has been worthless!
     
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  11. BreakPoint

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    I'm not shocked. :shock:
     
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    its actually really funny how murray was picked over djokovic.

    i have money on serena coming through in the womens side. as much as i dislike her, sharapova is the only woman in her quarter than can trouble her, and theres no guarantee that masha wont lose in the first round.
     
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  13. Murrayfan31

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    Nadal is going out early due to grass playing like true grass and the rain making the courts more slick. Possibly playing indoors is bad for Nadal to.
     
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  14. TMF

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    Wow. Not a single expert picked Serena to win. But according to the Serena lovers from She's Back thread, you must be a hater if you don't pick Serena as the favorite. These 10 experts must be a haters too.:rolleyes:
     
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    Tsonga should be the sleeper, but Federer????? I'd the top 4 are pretty equal.
     
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  16. JeMar

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    Has Fernandez ever not picked Nadal to win a tournament?
     
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    Yea! We all know Nadal can't win on "real" grass, true slick fast grass like Queens. Ha, ha, ha. Take that Nards!




    "Oh no, I wet my pants again. God please make Ronald win, please! Also, I need a girl friend really bad, can you help with that too? Oh, if only I had a brain..."
     
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  18. Murrayfan31

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    lol Tsonga
    lol Mahut
    lol Lopez Nadal lost early 3 times in the last 5 years at Queens.
     
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    Wozniacki a winner...

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    I like the Federer pick. :twisted:
     
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    Brad Gilbert's picks are:

    Men's Winner: Andy Murray
    Women's Winner: Petra Kvitova
    Men's Early Exit: Tomas Berdych
    Women's Early Exit: Francesca Schiavone
    Men's Sleeper: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
    Women's Sleeper: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
     
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    No surprise that ESPN's talking heads--,amy with their collective noses up Sharapova's ass--would pick her on a surface where her best result was a fluke long in the past.

    On the men's side, once again, they pick Murray as one of the possible winnersa, when he's never displayed the kind of tennis necessary to wipe out opponents at the event.
     
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  22. zagor

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    Mostly due to the fact that Nadal is usually coming to Queens after just having won FO and is just looking to get a few grasscourt matches under his belt rather than win the title(although he did that in 2008).

    That said Queens isn't old grass,it's conditions have always been similar to Wimbledon.Neither Nadal nor Fed proved they can win on old grass for the simple reason that there isn't any.
     
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  23. Undisputable_GOAT

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    Why don't you shove those lame excuses about 'get a few grasscourt matches' up your back and accept that ****** lost the match and his game is not good enough to for him to be consistent in Grass...??? :twisted::evil:

    P.S.:****** Is out of wimby before Semi's & I know what I'm Talking about ..!!:)
     
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  25. BreakPoint

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    Neither did Federer, who lost in the 1st round in 3 of the 4 years he played Wimbledon before he won it all in 2003 with the loss of only one set in 7 matches.
     
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  26. TMF

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    And neither Sharapova did it during her teen, who even had less experience than Murray. Yet, 17 yrs old Maria destroyed an overgrown Serena.
     
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    The only expert who got both the AO and FO right was Wilansky. Cool thing he chose Federer for Wimbledon.
     
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    Ooh good, best one in past picked Nadal as early exit (Federer to win, Tsonga sleeper) 2nd best had Fed win, Fish early exit, Gasquet sleeper, Wilansky got Federer/Roddick/Tsonga
     
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  29. THUNDERVOLLEY

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    Murray is not Federer, and does not have that kind of talent which took off like lightning. Murray is already one of the top ranked and experienced players, yet he's routinely picked by various talking heads for no logical reason as of this date.
     
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  30. jukka1970

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    I'm shocked that any of them picked Nadal as an early exit of the top 10 players, especially Patrick McEnroe. But even more shocking is that only one person pick Roddick as the early exit of the top 10.

    Was a little surprised that no one picked Djokovic to win it. Not that I think he will, but he's certainly been playing well enough to be in the mix.
     
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    What round is considered an early exit? Before the 2nd week (round of 16)?
     
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  32. Bobby Jr

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    They need to add one more set of data to these expert prediction polls: how right/wrong they were last year.

    I recall a couple of these people saying Murray would win Wimbledon and the US Open last year...
     
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  33. drakulie

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    That's what I was thinking.



    Anyway, would love to see Murray win it. On the women's side,,,,,,,,,,,honestly......... who cares.
     
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  34. TheBoom

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    Why would murray have a better chance than novak?!
     
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    Someone thinks Wozniacki will win Wimbledon. Misleading thread title is misleading.
     
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  36. NadalAgassi

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    LOL what the hell did Sharapova do to deserve this. IF she were playing her best I could see her becoming the heavy favorite by default with the Williams out so long, Li Na still in the process of proving how great she can or cant be, the up and comers unproven and largely weak on grass, Clijsters out.

    However the reality is she is still far from playing her best on fast courts. Clay hs oddly become her best surface. Her serve arguably cost her the French Open and her serve will hurt much more on grass then on clay where the serve is far more important. No way she wins Wimbledon serving like did at Roland Garros.
     
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  37. BreakPoint

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    Federer was also not Federer until he became Federer.

    He had been in the Top 20 for over 2 years and Top 10 for a year but had done nothing. Guess what his ranking was when he won his first Wimbledon? Number 5.

    Just face it, you just have a bias against Murray for some bizarre reason.
     
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    And you just have your lips attached to Murray's arse for some bizarre reason.
     
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    I totally agree with you. And please, dont get bothered by stupid remarks like the one bellow.
     
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    l like Drysdale predictions... early exit for the bully.

    I like Shriver picks as well
     
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    I am thinking Murray will be in the final and lose to Rodge.
     
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  42. BreakPoint

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    Yeah, that reason is known as "objectivity". I'm a big Federer fan, not a Murray fan.

    To say that someone can't possibly win Wimbledon because they've never won Wimbledon before is pretty asinine, don't you think? Both Sampras and Federer sucked at Wimbledon before they actually won it. Now they are considered the best ever at Wimbledon.
     
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    If your GOAT is so "undisputable", then why are you in such dispute, my friend ???:)
     
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    I Just want YOU to talk sense & not bulls*it about your perceptions ...!!


    So Is the message clear now.
    Thanks!
     
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  45. THUNDERVOLLEY

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    Murray has been a higher ranked player talking heads believed would have won a few by now. The pick is the same crap Murray-lovers toss at the audience every year, with the same results.
     
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    ...that, or he's making arguments for the sake of it.
     
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    With Breakpoint it is usually always the latter.
     
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  48. THUNDERVOLLEY

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    But that's the long-standing fantasy of certain people at ESPN--they continue to dream of the fluke winner being some sort of imagined "queen" of Wimbledon, when she was never built to be a major factor on that surface.
     
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  49. Magnus

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    I wish they would all choose Nadal, who's the real favorite anyway (and we all know that). I like that Fed comes as the underdog, he usually plays much better like that (USO 2008, FO 2011).
     
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  50. tennis_fan_182

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    You know what - what is the point of all this?

    Just go with whoever is no. 1 in the world and pick them to win every slam. This ain't the WTA. Apart from Murray there are no early exits, there are no upsets, especially where Nadal is concerned. Every match will go by ranking.

    Nadal will win it because he is ranked number one. Simple.
     
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