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Olympic Men: Federer's Path of Gold Blocked only by Isner

Doubles Draw Previews


July 26, 2012 | 02:53 PM

Since there are good links to Previews of both the MEN's and the Women's draws, I will spend my time looking at the Doubles Draws for the USA, where we have a real chance for GOLD in both.

MEN's Draw Previews:

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/d84Hz?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=tennis

(it's unlikely anyone will agree with all of the writer's semi-final picks!)

http://heavytopspin.com/2012/07/26/2012-olympics-mens-projections/

(Sackmann's ranking system forecasts)

ACTUAL Men's Draw:

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/d84HR?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=tennis

WOMEN's Draw Preview:

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/d84HM?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=tennis

http://heavytopspin.com/2012/07/26/2012-olympics-womens-projections/

(Sackmann's ranking system forecasts)

ACTUAL Women's Draw:

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/d84HR?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=tennis

MEN'S DOUBLES Preview (link to Draw below):

Gold Medalists FED & WAWA Block #1 Bryans' Medal Path

Not an ideal draw for either team, but an exciting quarterfinal to await. The #6 seeded Swiss pair seems to have a couple of tougher rounds before that, however; first against the Japanese, Nishikori & Soeda, and next probably against the strongest Spanish doubles duo, Lopez & Granollers.

They share a half with #3 seeds, Serbian Davis Cuppers Zimonjic & Tipsarevic, as well as:

- Canadians Nestor & Pospisil

- Frenchmen Benneteau & Gasquet

- #7 seed Bhupathi & Bopanna

The other half features #2 seeds Llodra & Tsonga (an unlikely duo to live up to their seeding, which was awarded from an imperfect seeding system for this unique event). A few of the reasons the #2's may be derailed early:

- #5 seed Berdych & Stepanek (in their quarter)

- unseeded ISNER & RODDICK (in their quarter)

- # 8 seed Djokovic & Troicki

- unseeded Murray Brothers

- unseeded Melzer & Peya

- #4 seed Fystenberg & Matkowski

MEN'S DOUBLES Draw:

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/d84HR?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=tennis

WOMEN'S DOUBLES Preview

Unseeded Williams Get Other Half from Top Seeded Americans, Huber & Raymond

The sisters have big trouble in their quarter:

- #2 seeded Italians Errani & Vinci

- #5 seeded Germans Kerber & Lisicki

WOMEN'S DOUBLES Draw

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/d84HR?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=tennis

Rick

Olympic Tennis 7.26.12


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