2012 Wimbledon Men’s Projections

Here are my projections for this year’s Wimbledon men’s draw.  Djokovic is far and away the favorite now that we’ve moved away from clay.  Federer comes in a close third behind Nadal, helped in part by what is probably the easiest of the four quarters.

Intuitively, these numbers seem about right, especially for the top players.  But a few developments in the ATP recently have exposed some gaps in my ranking system.  Brian Baker’s quick ascendance has yet to do much for him in my system, in part because he hasn’t played very much top-level matches.  But after his performance in Nice, it seems wrong to give him less than a 35% chance against a journeyman like Rui Machado.

The other head-scratcher is Tommy Haas.  After winning Halle, my system isn’t giving him much credit, in large part because he’s 34. Since players start going downhill by age 26, a player’s rate of decline in his mid-30s would generally be staggering.   But, of course, most players are gone by then.  If someone like Haas is still playing (and winning), he probably isn’t subject to exactly the same laws.  Perhaps 34-year-olds on tour are rare enough that it isn’t all that important, but in this one case, it generates a forecast that doesn’t jibe with common sense.

If you’re interested in the rankings behind these forecasts, click here; for more background on the system, here.

Women’s odds were posted earlier today, and both forecasts will be updated throughout the tournament–I’ll post those links when I have them, probably mid-day Tuesday.

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
1   Novak Djokovic         96.8%  81.3%  70.3%    26.2%  
    Juan Carlos Ferrero     3.2%   0.5%   0.1%     0.0%  
    Ryan Harrison          55.0%  10.7%   6.1%     0.3%  
    Yen-Hsun Lu            45.0%   7.6%   3.9%     0.1%  
    Benjamin Becker        53.2%  25.2%   4.8%     0.1%  
    James Blake            46.8%  20.5%   3.6%     0.0%  
    Sergiy Stakhovsky      54.4%  30.6%   6.7%     0.2%  
28  Radek Stepanek         45.6%  23.8%   4.7%     0.1%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
24  Marcel Granollers      53.7%  42.9%  26.4%     1.0%  
    Viktor Troicki         46.3%  35.9%  20.9%     0.6%  
    Martin Klizan          65.0%  15.9%   5.4%     0.0%  
    Juan Ignacio Chela     35.0%   5.3%   1.1%     0.0%  
    Jeremy Chardy          88.5%  48.2%  22.9%     0.4%  
    Filippo Volandri       11.5%   1.8%   0.2%     0.0%  
    Leonardo Mayer         18.7%   4.7%   0.9%     0.0%  
15  Juan Monaco            81.3%  45.3%  22.1%     0.4%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
12  Nicolas Almagro        60.2%  36.6%  18.6%     0.3%  
    Olivier Rochus         39.8%  20.3%   8.2%     0.0%  
    Guillaume Rufin        21.0%   4.4%   0.8%     0.0%  
    Steve Darcis           79.0%  38.8%  17.8%     0.2%  
    Carlos Berlocq         18.7%   2.6%   0.5%     0.0%  
    Ruben Bemelmans        81.3%  33.7%  16.7%     0.2%  
    Tobias Kamke           37.3%  21.0%  10.5%     0.1%  
18  Richard Gasquet        62.7%  42.7%  26.8%     1.0%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
31  Florian Mayer          60.7%  38.2%  19.4%     0.8%  
    Dmitry Tursunov        39.3%  20.8%   8.3%     0.1%  
    Philipp Petzschner     54.8%  23.6%   9.6%     0.2%  
    Blaz Kavcic            45.2%  17.4%   6.2%     0.1%  
    Simone Bolelli         51.0%  17.4%   8.0%     0.1%  
    Jerzy Janowicz         49.0%  16.3%   7.2%     0.1%  
    Ernests Gulbis         36.3%  21.1%  11.4%     0.4%  
6   Tomas Berdych          63.7%  45.3%  29.9%     2.6%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
3   Roger Federer          92.0%  73.7%  59.4%    10.4%  
    Albert Ramos            8.0%   2.1%   0.6%     0.0%  
    Fabio Fognini          36.9%   6.9%   3.0%     0.0%  
    Michael Llodra         63.1%  17.3%   9.6%     0.2%  
    A Menendez-Maceiras    31.5%   6.6%   0.8%     0.0%  
    Michael Russell        68.5%  25.3%   5.5%     0.0%  
    Gilles Muller          43.3%  28.2%   7.9%     0.1%  
29  Julien Benneteau       56.7%  39.9%  13.4%     0.3%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
17  Fernando Verdasco      88.2%  53.1%  27.7%     0.8%  
    Jimmy Wang             11.8%   2.4%   0.3%     0.0%  
    Grega Zemlja           90.7%  43.6%  20.1%     0.3%  
    Josh Goodall            9.3%   0.9%   0.1%     0.0%  
    Xavier Malisse         51.6%  21.7%   9.8%     0.1%  
    Marinko Matosevic      48.4%  19.7%   8.6%     0.1%  
    Paul-Henri Mathieu     12.6%   2.5%   0.5%     0.0%  
13  Gilles Simon           87.4%  56.1%  32.8%     1.4%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
11  John Isner             66.6%  46.0%  28.9%     1.2%  
    Alejandro Falla        33.4%  17.7%   8.2%     0.1%  
    Paolo Lorenzi          21.2%   3.4%   0.7%     0.0%  
    Nicolas Mahut          78.8%  32.9%  16.2%     0.2%  
    Igor Andreev           87.6%  37.3%  15.6%     0.1%  
    Oliver Golding         12.4%   1.2%   0.1%     0.0%  
    Denis Istomin          47.2%  28.3%  13.5%     0.2%  
23  Andreas Seppi          52.8%  33.2%  16.9%     0.4%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
26  Mikhail Youzhny        50.8%  33.2%  16.3%     0.4%  
    Donald Young           49.2%  31.9%  15.3%     0.4%  
    Inigo Cervantes        20.2%   2.9%   0.4%     0.0%  
    Flavio Cipolla         79.8%  32.0%  12.5%     0.2%  
    Ryan Sweeting          79.1%  29.1%  13.8%     0.2%  
    Potito Starace         20.9%   2.8%   0.5%     0.0%  
    David Nalbandian       49.6%  33.7%  20.3%     0.9%  
8   Janko Tipsarevic       50.4%  34.4%  20.9%     1.0%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
7   David Ferrer           70.4%  49.1%  32.6%     1.7%  
    Dustin Brown           29.6%  14.6%   6.7%     0.1%  
    Kenny De Schepper      40.5%  12.6%   5.3%     0.0%  
    Matthias Bachinger     59.5%  23.6%  11.8%     0.1%  
    Wayne Odesnik          30.0%   5.6%   1.0%     0.0%  
    Bjorn Phau             70.0%  24.3%   8.0%     0.0%  
    Jamie Baker            36.0%  22.5%   9.0%     0.1%  
30  Andy Roddick           64.0%  47.7%  25.5%     0.7%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
19  Kei Nishikori          64.7%  52.4%  30.5%     1.9%  
    Mikhail Kukushkin      35.3%  24.7%  11.0%     0.2%  
    Andrey Kuznetsov       33.3%   5.1%   0.9%     0.0%  
    Florent Serra          66.7%  17.8%   5.3%     0.0%  
    Go Soeda               52.2%  16.7%   6.7%     0.0%  
    Igor Kunitsyn          47.8%  14.5%   5.4%     0.0%  
    Robin Haase            30.0%  16.5%   7.3%     0.1%  
9   J Del Potro            70.0%  52.3%  32.8%     2.4%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
16  Marin Cilic            61.8%  42.7%  25.1%     1.5%  
    Cedrik-Marcel Stebe    38.2%  22.0%  10.3%     0.2%  
    Tatsuma Ito            50.0%  17.7%   6.8%     0.1%  
    Lukasz Kubot           50.0%  17.6%   6.9%     0.1%  
    Vasek Pospisil         38.9%  17.0%   7.5%     0.1%  
    Sam Querrey            61.1%  33.7%  18.5%     0.8%  
    Santiago Giraldo       42.8%  19.4%   8.9%     0.2%  
21  Milos Raonic           57.2%  30.0%  16.0%     0.5%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
32  Kevin Anderson         53.2%  29.8%  12.7%     0.5%  
    Grigor Dimitrov        46.8%  24.9%   9.9%     0.3%  
    Albert Montanes        20.8%   4.5%   0.8%     0.0%  
    Marcos Baghdatis       79.2%  40.9%  17.6%     0.7%  
    Ivo Karlovic           39.3%   8.1%   2.5%     0.0%  
    Dudi Sela              60.7%  17.3%   7.1%     0.1%  
    Nikolay Davydenko      24.1%  13.7%   6.0%     0.1%  
4   Andy Murray            75.9%  61.0%  43.3%     7.0%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
5   Jo-Wilfried Tsonga     93.2%  69.4%  47.0%     5.2%  
    Lleyton Hewitt          6.8%   1.2%   0.2%     0.0%  
    E Roger-Vasselin       44.5%  12.0%   4.7%     0.1%  
    G Garcia-Lopez         55.5%  17.4%   7.8%     0.1%  
    Lukas Lacko            82.2%  34.6%  12.5%     0.3%  
    Adrian Ungur           17.8%   2.4%   0.3%     0.0%  
    Jurgen Melzer          35.8%  19.6%   6.8%     0.1%  
25  Stanislas Wawrinka     64.2%  43.3%  20.8%     1.1%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
20  Bernard Tomic          78.7%  51.6%  27.4%     1.0%  
    David Goffin           21.4%   7.3%   1.8%     0.0%  
    Jesse Levine           56.2%  24.4%  10.0%     0.1%  
    Karol Beck             43.8%  16.7%   5.9%     0.0%  
    James Ward             76.3%  28.0%  12.6%     0.1%  
    Pablo Andujar          23.7%   4.0%   0.9%     0.0%  
    R Ramirez Hidalgo       6.7%   1.1%   0.1%     0.0%  
10  Mardy Fish             93.3%  66.9%  41.3%     2.2%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
14  Feliciano Lopez        58.5%  52.2%  28.3%     0.7%  
    Jarkko Nieminen        41.5%  35.4%  16.0%     0.2%  
    Brian Baker            33.8%   2.7%   0.2%     0.0%  
    Rui Machado            66.2%   9.8%   1.5%     0.0%  
    Matthew Ebden          58.7%  25.7%  13.2%     0.1%  
    Benoit Paire           41.3%  14.5%   6.3%     0.0%  
    Alex Bogomolov Jr.     39.8%  21.4%  11.0%     0.1%  
22  Alexandr Dolgopolov    60.2%  38.4%  23.4%     0.7%  

    Player                   R64    R32    R16        W  
27  Philipp Kohlschreiber  81.1%  52.3%  19.6%     0.9%  
    Tommy Haas             18.9%   5.9%   0.8%     0.0%  
    Jurgen Zopp            74.2%  35.2%  10.4%     0.2%  
    Malek Jaziri           25.8%   6.6%   0.9%     0.0%  
    Lukas Rosol            39.9%   9.2%   4.1%     0.1%  
    Ivan Dodig             60.1%  18.3%  10.0%     0.4%  
    Thomaz Bellucci        17.2%   7.5%   3.4%     0.1%  
2   Rafael Nadal           82.8%  64.9%  50.8%    12.0%