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Wow, he did it. Great to see that for Monfils.

Not a great performance from Berdych though. With this draw I had him down - alongside Federer and Ferrer - as a genuine outside shout for the title here (again, using the theory that Djokovic comes through the top half), but once again he comes into a slam in great form and fails to do himself justice.

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Interesting day's play. I had Fed down to struggle against Benneteau as well as Simon as they're both guys who have caused him problems in the past, so a reasonable effort to come through both for the loss of two sets, I think. Tsonga should be a stiff challenge, and Fed can't afford mental lapses like he had today: as he kept losing 0-30 leads on Simon's serve in the mid part of the second set you just knew he was about to throw in a bad service game, and then it came right on cue. Worryingly predictable.

Whether it's Federer, Tsonga or Ferrer (who is looking great), whoever comes through the bottom half really needs to do so without racking up too much court time, as they'll need to be fresh - and hope it's a tired Djokovic who makes it through from the top.

Interesting few days ahead, that's for sure.

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Hoping to get home for the Wawrinka match, could be a cracker. Probably my two favourite players to watch, because they are both capable of such highs and lows, switching between the two during the same game at times.

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There goes my theory. If was looking so good the longer it went - so long as Djokovic won in the end.

I can't see Rafa losing to either of the other guys. I like Ferrer, but think I'd like to see Tsonga win that semi now, as with the crowd behind him he probably has the better chance to make a good match of it in the final. He has the power to hit through Rafa, and did so once before in Australia in 08, but I don't have much hope of him doing the same on clay. Still, that would be an incredible story.

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I remember when Wimbledon used to not do that system, and there'd always be a bit of news as they didn't follow the ranking order for seeding and the likes of Edberg went higher up because of it. Seems like a step back not to do it really, although I suppose the surface/balls/etc becoming less different recently means there's less need to.

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The system does partially take into account grass court form over previous two years (as well as ranking). I believe Nadal's problem is the 2nd round loss last year, which gives him a points tally below where someone who's won the tournament twice should be.

I think Wimbledon used to piss off all the clay court specialists by seeding them lower than their ranking, so that's why they moved away from it. Clearly the rankings are wrong though, as on current form (fitness issues aside) you'd probably have Nadal as favourite*.

* Not with this draw though. In order to win it, Nadal or Federer will most likely have to go through the other one, then Murray and then Djokovic (who's likely waltzing in having barely got out of 2nd gear the previous 12 days). It's a very tall order.

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I was still calmly predicting Nadal would come back to win as Darcis served for the match.

I only saw the last set as I was sat on court 2 on Monday. From the set I saw on the hill it didn't even look like Darcis played that amazingly; it was mainly that Nadal was so bad. He's got away with a few dodgy performances in week one at Wimbledon down the years, but this was something else.

Ironically, you could make a case that Darcis didn't even put in the best performance by a Belgian on Monday: Goffin was on court 2, and - despite losing in straight sets to Tsonga - he was superb. He was the better player for large parts of the match, but Tsonga's serve is just unplayable. Every time Tsonga got in trouble he pulled out two or three monster aces/unreturnables. It was ridiculous serving, and in the end it broke Goffin's spirit.

There has been loads of talk about Goffin, but this was the first time I've seen him in the flesh. He's got a beautiful game and his technique is as good as anyone's. In the long run he might lack the power to consistently compete with the best players, but he is great to watch.

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To people who go to Wimbledon, whats the best way to get to see some tennis without pre booked tickets - rock up and head for the hill? I remember there being a queue system for returns and early leavers etc, where does one hed for this if its still around?

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Stakhovski is looking awesome, this is a great match between him and Federer.

It's lovely to see some one really going for it. Federer looks so solid on his service games that Im going to post this with stak having two break points...

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