By KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writer
Published June 25, 2006
Can Roger Federer regain his mojo?
There's no doubt the world's No. 1-ranked men's player was devastated by his French Open final loss to rival Rafael Nadal. But - and there's really no other way to put it - Wimbledon is Federer's turf. An incredibly tough draw won't help, but Federer should win his fourth straight title at the All England Club.
Will Andre Agassi, who has been slowed most of the season with ongoing back problems, be a factor?
The 1992 Wimbledon champ has reached the quarters or better seven times here, but one has to wonder if his limited tourney play this season will hinder him. The guess here is that it will.
Is Venus Williams the American - man or woman - with the best shot of winning?
Probably. Williams' big serve and power game are perfectly suited for the grass. The evidence: She's 42-6 all time at Wimbledon with three titles and five final appearances.
Can Nadal work his magic on grass?
A wizard on clay, many believe Nadal's game won't thrive at Wimbledon, where his greatest weapon, a menacing topspin forehand, seems to be somewhat neutralized. But it must be remembered that he reached the semifinals of the Wimbledon juniors division in 2002.
Is Maria Sharapova a one-hit wonder?
The Russian won this event two years ago, but hasn't been to a major final since. Two things to remember: She's only 19 and she's still learning how to play. Sharapova will be a force for years to come, especially at Wimbledon.