Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wimbledon First Round Wrap - Murray tested, Del Potro impresses

With the exception of the Taylor Dent - Daniel Gimeno-Traver match that needs to be finished on Wednesday, all first round matches have been completed and second round action will kick off tomorrow.

The Upsets

No. 21 seed, and 2-time Wimbly quarterfinalist, Feliciano Lopez fell to lucky loser, Karol Beck in 5 sets, 10-8 in the fifth

14th seed and last year's semifinalist, Marat Safin, crashed out to Jesse Levine in 4 sets

17th seed and Queen's finalist, James Blake, lost to Andreas Seppi in straights

Last week's Eastbourne champion, and Wimbledon's 25th seed, Dmitry Tursunov retired from the third set (was trailing 2 sets to love) of his match against Mischa Zverev

The Falls

Jeremy Chardy falls to the ground during a rally with Andy Roddick on Tuesday

The impressive Robert Kendrick falls during after a point against Andy Murray on Tuesday

Julien Benneteau suffers an injury after slipping during his match against Novak Djokovic

Is it me or has there been too many slippery falls these past couple of days at Wimbledon?

Those truly tested

Former world number 1, and Wimbledon 13th seed, Ana Ivanovic, scraped through her 1st round match against Lucie Hradecka 5-7, 6-2, 8-6, saving match points along the way

British hope and world number 3, Andy Murray, was pushed to the limits by Robert Kendrick, who took a set off the Scot with his strong serves and incredible volleys. Murray won 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4

Halle champion, and 24th seed, Tommy Haas, came through in 4 tight sets against Alexander Peya

Super Impressive

5th-seed, Juan Martin Del Potro, seems to be settling well in Rafael Nadal's spot at the top of the draw as the Argentine crushed last year's quarterfinalist, Arnaud Clement, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2, in what looked like some vicious form, from where I was at. If JMDP keeps up those ruthless groundstrokes, he will be a major problem for the likes of Roddick, Davydenko and Ferrer, who all lie in the same quarter of the draw as the 20-year-old.

Hot second round matches

Andy Murray [3] vs Ernests Gulbis
Juan Martin Del Potro [5] vs Lleyton Hewitt
Tomas Berdych [20] vs Paul-Henri Mathieu
Marin Cilic [11] vs Sam Querrey
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [9] vs Simone Bolelli

How many aces do you think Ivo Karlovic can hit in his next match?

Okay I know this is silly, but the giant Croat really blows my mind with his ability to keep knocking down those aces. He hit 55 aces in one match at the French Open a few weeks back and despite losing that match, he remained at the top of the aces leader list until the semis. Karlovic hit 32 aces during his 1st round match at Wimbledon against Lukas Lacko and next faces Steve Darcis. So just for the hell of it, how many aces do you think he can hit in his next match?

1 comment:

Sheilla said...

I was shocked when I heard that Karlovic had never won a match in Wimbledon before. With a serve like that I thought he must have won at some point. I say he will hit another 30 against Darcis. Like you said, Reem. Just for the hell of it :-)