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Wimbledon 2012: 3 Upsets Waiting to Happen

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in action during his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Kei Nishikori of Japan  on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 30, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Ted LeeCorrespondent IJune 30, 2012

Upsets have been the most popular topic at Wimbledon and with the round of 16 almost determined, fans and analysts wonder which matchup will have the favorite lose to the underdog.

No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal's second-round upset to Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol has been the headline defining Wimbledon so far. Nadal's early exit has shown that no player has a free pass to the finals. Roger Federer and David Ferrer's second-round struggle showed that all players are ready to play their best and move on in the tournament.

With the round of 16 set to start on Monday, the current bracket has potential upsets that could knock off a couple of favorites out of Wimbledon like Nadal in the second round.

David Ferrer (7) & Juan Martin del Potro (9)

The No. 7 seed, Spain's David Ferrer, is the most likely to go home early in the round of 16 as of right now. In an early struggle against American Andy Roddick, Ferrer got dominated by upstart Roddick. Ferrer proved who was the better player, and showed more discipline and endurance against Roddick by winning the next three sets.

Ferrer will go against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, the No. 10 seed. Del Potro is as dangerous as it  comes, beating the Japanese 19th seed,  Kei Nishikori, in straight sets. Ferrer will go against his second straight hard server in del Potro, whose serves alone can be game changers. 

What makes del Potro even more dangerous can be seen from his match against Nishikori. Del Potro was supposed to struggle against a quick, unpredictable player. Instead, he showed dominance and will show it again against Ferrer, a man who has never made the quarterfinal at Wimbledon. 

Brian Baker & Philipp Kohlschreiber (27)

Brian Baker is continuing his unbelievable run at Wimbledon, moving on to the round of 16 after defeating Benoit Paire of France in four sets. The 126th-ranked player in the world is expected to move into the top 80. 

After five operations from 2005-08, Baker started 2012 as the 458th-ranked player in the world. He is playing with nothing to lose and can be a dangerous opponent for Kohlschreiber, who won easily against Lukas Rosol with only five unforced errors in the match.

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (5) & Mardy Fish (10)

Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga will have a tough matchup in the round of 16 against American Mardy Fish. 

Fish reached the quarterfinals last year, which also happened to be his best showing on grass. After beating David Goffin 6-3, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6), Fish is poised to make a repeat appearance in the quarterfinals. 

Tsonga, swept Lukas Lacko and is looking to show more than in his French Open appearance in which he lost to Novak Djokovic. These two players are hot and will make for a more exciting matchup.

Five weeks removed from getting his heart checked, Fish looks to continue his success at Wimbledon against Tsonga.

The round of 16 is set up to be exciting, with upsets all over the bracket. At Wimbledon anything can happen so don't be shocked if you see these and a couple of other upsets.

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