Murray, Djokovic Advance In Rain-Soaked Olympics; Packed Monday Schedule Includes Federer, Serena, Venus
Thanks to an eight figure roof, play went on at the Olympics tennis despite all the rain in the area. Among the few fortunate to have a pass to play under the Center Court roof were Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska who was stunned by German Julia Goerges.
Murray, facing his second straight Swiss opponent on Center, had no trouble this time with Stanislas Wawrinka. The two hooked up a few years ago under the enclousure and Murray escaped in five. Wawrinka beat him again the 2010 US Open, but this time Murray cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win.
“I practiced with Stan a few times last week and played really well against him,” said Murray. “That gave me a bit of extra confidence going into the match today. I’m really up for the tournament. I wanted to play well. I want to be involved in this event for as long as possible. I’m going to give it my best shot.”
No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic survived a lengthy rain delay and a poor opening set to oust Fabio Fognini 6-7(7), 6-2 6-2 on Court 1. The two were knotted at 7-7 in the first set breaker when the rains hit. But after dropping the next two points when play resumed the Serb took control of the match.
In other first-round action, Frenchman Tsonga took out Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4. Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the No. 15 seed, beat Bernard Tomic of Australia 7-6(4), 7-6(4).
Julia Goerges pulled the upset of the tournament thus far shocking Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanksa 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-4 in 2 hours 16 minutes.
“It was great, it was my first time representing Germany at the Olympics Games and it’s my first time also on Centre Court at Wimbledon,” said Goerges. “I’m pretty satisfied with the way I played. I’m relaxed here when I’m with the other athletes in the village. I played pretty aggressive and served well. I know if I play well it’s dangerous for anyone and it was today, a lucky day.”
Maria Sharapova was also a winner on Sunday.
With all the rain, the Monday schedule is massive with the remaining first round matches plus second rounders from Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
starting at 12:00
WS 1 (1) AZARENKA Victoria (BLR) vs BEGU Irina-Camelia (ROU)
MS 2 (1) FEDERER Roger (SUI) vs BENNETEAU Julien (FRA)
MS 2 SEPPI Andreas (ITA) vs (8) del POTRO Juan Martin (ARG)
WS 2 WICKMAYER Yanina (BEL) vs (8) WOZNIACKI Caroline (DEN)
Court No. 1
starting at 12:00
MS 1 GOFFIN David (BEL) vs (9) MONACO Juan (ARG)
WS 2 (4) WILLIAMS Serena (USA) vs RADWANSKA Urszula (POL)
MS 2 (10) ISNER John (USA) vs (ITF) JAZIRI Malek (TUN)
WS 2 SUAREZ NAVARRO Carla (ESP) vs CLIJSTERS Kim (BEL)
Court No. 2
starting at 11:30
MS 1 RODDICK Andy (USA) vs KLIZAN Martin (SVK)
WS 1 (9) ERRANI Sara (ITA) vs WILLIAMS Venus (USA)
MS 2 (ALT) PETZSCHNER Philipp (GER) vs (7) TIPSAREVIC Janko (SRB)
WD 1 CIRSTEA / HALEP (ROU) vs WILLIAMS / WILLIAMS (USA)
MD 1 (ITF) NISHIKORI / SOEDA (JPN) vs (6) FEDERER / WAWRINKA (SUI)
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