Wimbledon 2014: Talented Martin Klizan could pose Rafa Nadal problems on day two

Roger Federer given ‘unbelievable’ draw but must go on the attack

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Rafa Nadal could have been handed a far easier start to his Wimbledon campaign.

Martin Klizan is streaky – he can hit a ton of winners and just as easily pummel the back fence – but he has been in good form recently, winning a title on clay in Nice and impressing at the French Open and Eastbourne.

We don’t know how the Slovakian will cope with the big occasion but unlike Andy Murray’s first-round opponent David Goffin, he has the firepower, on a one-off day, to beat players of Nadal’s calibre.

“Roger has been given the kindest draw of the top four and I can see him winning in less than an hour and a half.”
Barry Cowan

The more I hear from Rafa and his camp, though, the more positive I am about his chances.

He is talking well and seems in a very positive place and while I was initially 60-40 over whether he would make it past the first three rounds, I am now almost certain he will.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, has been given an unbelievable draw against Paolo Lorenzi, certainly the kindest of the top four, and I can see him winning in less than an hour and a half.

Whatever game-plan Roger deploys he should win comfortably but as his coach Stefan Edberg spoke before Wimbledon about how he would have to come forward more to beat the top guys, I think he needs to play that way from the off.

If Roger – who still firmly believes he can win this title – doesn’t lay down that marker in round one, he won’t be able to suddenly pick it up in the quarter-finals.

 

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