Peter Bodo: Bernard Tomic

We live in an age of speed reading, speed dialing and even speed dating. So why not speed draw analysis as well?

Let’s not waste any more time before looking at the 2014 Wimbledon draw.

Men's singles

Top quarter: The Djokovic section
Promoted to the top spot thanks to Wimbledon’s seeding formula (despite ranking behind world No. 1 Rafael Nadal), Novak Djokovic might end up saying “Thanks for nothing.”

His quarter is loaded with tricky players (Radek Stepanek, Gilles Simon, even lost boy Bernard Tomic) as well as power hitters (No. 26 seed Marin Cilic, No. 12 Ernests Gulbis, No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 18 Fernando Verdasco). Djokovic will be lucky to make it through to the quarters, where he might have to lock horns with yet another bombardier, No. 6 Tomas Berdych.

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Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesAndy Murray's title defense at Wimbledon could run into a roadblock in the form of David Ferrer.
Second quarter: The Murray section
You could just as well call this the mercurial section because it contains a dazzling array of shot makers including No. 16 seed Fabio Fognini, No. 21 Alexandr Dolgopolov, Dominic Thiem, No. 27 Roberto Bautista Agut and flavor-of-the-month in the ATP, No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov.

Andy Murray’s versatility will come in handy. Unlike Djokovic, his promotion to the No. 3 seed despite a world ranking of no. 5 was still a net plus, even though nobody could possibly look forward to a quarterfinal date with No. 7 seed David Ferrer.

Third quarter: The Federer section
What is this, the anniversary reunion for some tennis academy? The “old guys” in this section include No. 4 Roger Federer, No. 23 Tommy Robredo, No. 19 Feliciano Lopez, Julien Benneteau, hoary old Lleyton Hewitt and even never-say-die Michael Russell.

Young ace-makers John Isner (No. 9 seed) and No. 15 Jerzy Janowicz inhabit this quarter as well. But the biggest threat to Federer’s hopes of making the semis is his countryman and No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka.

Fourth quarter: The Nadal section
This one is real mixed bag, with mercurial players such as No. 13 Richard Gasquet and No. 25 Gael Monfils mixed freely with volatile elements such as No. 29 Ivo Karlovic, Benoit Paire, and (if all goes according to plan) Nadal’s quarterfinal opponent, No. 8 Milos Raonic.

The semis: Djokovic-Ferrer, Wawrinka-Nadal

Women's singles

Top quarter: The Serena section
This is a highly navigable section for top-seeded Serena Williams with one potential roadblock: No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard.

Other dangerous players include resurgent No. 20 seed Andrea Petkovic and perhaps No. 9 (but slumping) Angelique Kerber. There are some dangerous floaters here, too, including Camila Giorgi, Daniela Hantuchova and Christina McHale.

Second quarter: The Halep section
This seems a soft section, which will be great news for last year’s finalist, No. 19 seed Sabine Lisicki, as well as No. 3 seed Simona Halep. No. 7 Jelena Jankovic, No. 11 Ana Ivanovic and No. 21 Roberta Vinci all are vulnerable.

There are three additional players of interest in this section: former world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva, a wild card, and a pair of American 18-year-olds in wild card Taylor Townsend and qualifier Victoria Duval.

Third quarter: The Radwanska section
Victoria Azarenka, returning from a long injury layoff and seeded No. 8, has to be happy with this draw. She has a history of just hammering No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, which means there might be a clear passage to the semis.

The biggest obstacle could be No. 10 Dominika Cibulkova, who has upped her game significantly this year. Sure, No. 27 Garbine Muguruza is an up-and-coming talent and the section also has No. 14 Sara Errani, but both are better on clay than grass.

Fourth quarter: The Li section
Petra Kvitova, the 2011 champion, is a wildly unpredictable player who has struggled with illness and injury. She is seeded No. 6, and if she finds her game and gets hold of her emotions she could win the whole thing again. That’s an unlikely development, though, which means No. 2 seed Li Na is looking pretty good.

Li’s biggest enemy is herself, however, and she has lost to that rival many times, so who knows?

The semis: Bouchard-Halep, Azarenka-Li

Our 2013 Duds of the Year

November, 25, 2013
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This wasn't a very good year for the crowd that hands out year-end awards. The male Player of the Year and the Comeback Player of the Year were one and the same guy: Rafael Nadal. On the WTA side, Serena Williams dominated even more thoroughly than Nadal, and there was neither a resurgent player nor a newcomer who created a sensation.

So here's an idea. Let's name the Duds of the Year -- the male and female players who most disappointed their ardent fans and pundits in 2013. This year, both of them hail from Down Under. One of them lives in the town called Gold Coast, the other just takes lap dances there.

Let's start with the ATP's Bernard Tomic. Has anyone had as horrific a year as this "complicated" former prodigy?

In 2012, Tomic finished at No. 52 in the ATP rankings, a 10-place drop where he ended 2011. The most amazing thing about Tomic's 2013 may be that through all the turmoil, he actually improved his year-end ranking by one tick (to No. 51). That's not exactly what pundits predicted when, at just 18, Tomic qualified for Wimbledon and made the quarterfinals.

Tomic had a good start in 2013; he won the title in Sydney and made it to the third round of the Australian Open. But when the tour moved out of Australia, he began to sputter. And soon after the European clay-court swing began, his support system collapsed. In May, right before the Madrid tournament, Tomic's coach and father, John, beat up his son's hitting partner, Thomas Drouet. That's right -- beat him up. The attack left Drouet with a broken nose and stitches, and Tomic was forced to deal with the controversy and its consequences for weeks on end.

Although Bernard Tomic never denied his father's culpability, he wouldn't renounce the man either. He also accused the ATP, which suspended John Tomic from attending tournaments indefinitely, of mishandling the situation. Tomic felt the ATP acted imperiously in disciplining his father without reaching out to the Tomic family in a discreet manner.

As Tomic fielded question after embarrassing question regarding his violent father, his game hit the skids. Although he had a decent Wimbledon (he made the fourth round with an upset of year-end No. 9 Richard Gasquet), the controversy dogged him and he won just seven of his final 20 matches in 2013.

The events seemed further proof that Tomic is a trouble magnet. Just days ago, photos emerged of Tomic enjoying lap dances at the "Sin City" nightclub in Surfer's Paradise. It added further to Tomic's blossoming reputation as a kind of male Lindsay Lohan of tennis.

Samantha Stosur kicked and clawed and finished 2012 at No. 9. But this year, a downward spiral carried her to a year-end No. 18. It could have been worse had Stosur not finished on an upbeat note, winning 12 of her final 15 matches. In fact, it might have been a lot worse.

Stosur's decline through the past two years borders on the astonishing, given that in 2011 she seemed to fulfill the potential that had always been obvious to onlookers when she upset Serena Williams to win the US Open. Players who hit their stride that way rarely fade so quickly without mitigating circumstances. But the only thing remotely like one for Stosur was the fact that she fired David Taylor, her coach of many years, just nine days before the start of the US Open.

That might help explain Stosur's sensational loss to 17-year-old American ingenue Victoria Duval, but the fact remains that Stosur fired Taylor partly because of how poorly she'd played for so long earlier in the year. She never made it past the quarterfinals until she won Carlsbad in July. But the US Open was a debacle, and she plummeted to No. 20 before she launched her late-season push in Osaka.

It was too little, too late, too often -- and that's not likely to change when the new year begins. Stosur goes to pieces playing in her native Australia. And right now, it's hard to imagine her fellow countryman and Gold Coast habitué Tomic doing much better.

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