"Approach Shots" is Ricky's weekly look at what's ahead (or "approaching") on the ATP Tour. Every Sunday he'll preview all the tournaments scheduled for the upcoming week.
There will be a new champion at the All-England Club this year.
Well, maybe not. Rafael Nadal is unable to defend his 2008 Wimbledon title due to knee tendinitis, and his absence opens the door especially for Roger Federer.
Nobody is about to call Federer a "new" Wimbledon champion. He has won the thing five times and was just a couple of points away last summer from being the current six-time defending champion. With Nadal on the sideline and Federer sky high after winning his first French Open, the world No. 2 appears poised to take back the title (not to mention the No. 1 ranking).
Nadal's absence is without question a blow to both Wimbledon and tennis as a whole, but it also provides opportunities to not only Federer, but also every other player in the draw. With Federer back on track and Murray surging, the 2009 event is not entirely wide open, but it's close.
Who will take advantage?
Sun 23/06 21:07
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Sun 23/06 16:17
Wimbledon draw analysis: Federer, Nadal in same quarter
Sun 16/06 16:45
Approach Shots: Players prep for Wimbledon
Sun 09/06 19:04
Approach Shots: Murray returns, Federer headlines Halle
Sat 25/05 16:47
2013 French Open picks: Nadal over Federer
Fri 24/05 20:38
French Open draw analysis: Djokovic, Nadal on same side
Thu 23/05 20:25
One-hit wonder list could grow at French Open
Sun 19/05 18:12
Approach Shots: Local flavor to French Open tune-ups
Mon 13/05 04:24
Approach Shots: All hands on deck for Rome Masters
Sun 05/05 05:51
Approach Shots: Federer back for Madrid title defense
Mon 29/04 19:09
Approach Shots: Relative calm before the clay-court storm
Mon 15/04 05:08
Approach Shots: Djokovic, Nadal headline Monte-Carlo Masters
Thu 04/04 22:02
Approach Shots: Djokovic headlines Davis Cup action View all posts
|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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