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The mercurial Nick Kyrgios of Australia, in Rome, in May, plays today at Wimbledon. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
The mercurial Nick Kyrgios of Australia, in Rome, in May, plays today at Wimbledon. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)|Associated Press
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Wimbledon 1st Tuesday: Abrams picks 26 men’s matches, including Federer, Nadal, Cilic, Kyrgios, Thiem, Querrey, Isner and many more

Matches start at 6 am EDT.

Neal Abrams

Neal Abrams

Wimbledon
Men’s Tuesday First Round Picks

Roger Federer over Lloyd Harris
Federer won’t lose in the first round on grass.

Rafa Nadal over Yuichi Sugita
Who says Nadal can’t play on grass?

Dominic Thiem over Sam Querrey
Querrey can win this match, but won’t. Thiem is good enough for a few wins here.

John Isner over Casper Ruud
Isner’s serve is just too good on grass. But in a couple of years people will know who Casper Ruud is.

Nick Kyrgios over Jordan Thompson
Since we don’t know if either Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde will show up, I’m giving the benefit of the doubt and assume that the Wonder from Down Under wants that second round match with Rafa.

Marin Cilic over Adrian Mannarino
After all the big upsets of Day 1, I doubt we’ll get a repeat Tuesday. But if it is Upset Tuesday, Mannarino could lead the show.

Kei Nishikori over Thiago Monteiro
Nishikori can’t win this tournament, but he’ll win this match.

Jo-Willie Tsonga over Bernie Tomic
Tsonga should overpower Tomic, even though Tomic has actually won matches the past few weeks.

Dan Evans over Federico Delbonis
Evans is on a roll and likes grass.

Frances Tiafoe over Fabio Fognini
I like the young Yank in a first round upset. Tiafoe is desperate for a win, and Fognini isn’t on his favorite surface.

Gilles Simon over Salvatore Caruso
Simon has been playing well of late, even on the grass, and should outlast the qualifier.

Jan-Lennard Struff over Radu Albot
Struff should overpower Albot, but this will be a battle.

Tennys Sandgren over Yasutaka Uchiyama
Sandgren has the game to win on grass, although he’s had a miserable year. This single win could begin to redeem him.

Stevie Johnson over Albert Ramos-Vinolas
As soon as Johnson hit the grass four weeks ago he started to win matches again. He should win this one over the Spaniard clay courter.

John Millman over Hugo Dellien
This one is a pick-em, but I’ll go with Millman simply because of the surface.

Brandon Schnur over Marcos Baghdatis
I think the lucky loser from Canada ends the career of the very likable 34-year-old Baghdatis.

Noah Rubin over Jay Clarke
Rubin, a qualifier from Long Island, can and should beat Jay Clarke, a homeboy wild card.

Cristian Garin over Andrey Rublev
Even though Garin made his bones on slow courts, he should take out the Russian.

Laslo Djere over Guido Andreozzi
Djere is going to lose early here, but not to Andreozzi.

Matteo Berrettini over Aljaz Bedene
Berrettini is playing too well to lose early to a clay courter.

Denis Shapovalov over Ricardas Berankis
We haven’t heard much from Shapovalov lately. It’s time he records some wins.

Lucas Pouille over Richard Gasquet
Pouille is 4-1 lifetime with his compatriot and Pouille hasn’t lost to Gasquet since 2015.. I see no reason why that run should end now.

Marco Cecchinato over Alex de Minaur
Cecchinato is hot and de Minaur has very little match play since the Australian Open. What little play de Minaur has had has been desultory. I like the Italian in an upset.

Diego Schwartzman over Matt Ebden
Even though Ebden is very comfortable on the grass here, I like the diminutive Argentine to take out the Brit.

Thomas Berdych over Taylor Fritz
This should probably go five, and it will be a war, but Berdych’s serves should pull him through against the very tough American.

Joao Sousa over Paul Jubb
Paul Jubb, the 2019 NCAA champ from South Carolina, hails from Great Britain and got a wild card into this event. He should present no problem whatsoever for Joao Sousa, a real pro.

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