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Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer takes on a veteran on centre court in Richard Gasquet. Federer leads the head-to-head 18-2 and has not even dropped a set against Gasquet since 2011. Federer struggled for large parts of his first-round tie against another Frenchman in Adrian Mannarino before Mannarino retired with a twisted knee.
The Swiss has only recently made a return to action after two knee surgeries and a 14 month layoff and has struggled for consistency ever since, currently boasting a record of 5-3 since his return to action. Federer isn’t the feared entity he once was and I think any player would fancy their chances against the player widely regarded as the greatest of all time. However, I think he will ride the wave and take this one 3-1.
Hard game to judge here as there has been no previous meetings between the two. Badosa has risen to a career high ranking of 33rd and comes into the tournament off the back of a very impressive clay season whilst Putintseva dumped out Tsvetana Pironkova in convincing fashion in their first round clash taking that one 6-3, 6-1.
Badosa gave up 38 unforced errors in her first round match which allowed plenty of opportunity for her to be punished. Despite winning 2-1 in the end the Spaniard perhaps made a lot more work of her first round match than was necessary. This will be a closely run affair which I can see Badosa edging if she can cut down on her unforced error tally.
Back in 2019 a 15-year-old Cori Gauff burst onto the scene when she made it to the 4th round of Wimbledon and has dramatically risen through the rankings and cemented herself as one of the top players on tour. Elena Vesnina who is playing in her first Wimbledon since 2017 came through her first round clash in straight sets against world number 98, Martina Trevisan.
After a sluggish start Vesnina was broken in the 2nd game of the match but fought back to take the 1st set 7-5 after plenty of unforced errors. She then blitzed her opponent in the 2nd set 6-1. If Vesnina was to give an opponent of Gauff’s quality an opportunity like that I fear there would be very little hope of fighting her way back into the match.
I’m predicting a 6-0 set in the match as I believe this will be a dominating display from the young American superstar. There is always that outside hope that Vesnina takes a set 6-0 to keep dreams alive!
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