World No. 1s Serena Williams And Novak Djokovic Open Play At Wimbledon Monday
by Staff | June 28th, 2015, 6:05 pm
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World No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams open play Monday in the first round at Wimbledon. Djokovic, the defending champion, starts off against the very dangerous Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Djokovic leads the German 6-1, but Kohlschreiber is the highest ranked unseeded player at No. 33.

“Hopefully tomorrow when I get on the court I’ll be able to perform my best because that’s something that is going to be very much needed in order to win against Kohlschreiber,” Djokovic said. “It’s one of the toughest first rounds I could get.”

Also in the men’s draw, French Open Stan Wawrinka is in action against Joao Sousa. Former champion Lleyton Hewitt opens his Wimbledon swansong against Jarkko Nieminen.

US Open champion Marin Cilic is also on court as is his victim in New York, Kei Nishikori.

2014 semifinalist Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov start on their road to a fourth round collision.

Nicky Kyrgios, Hyeon Chung and Alexander Zverev are some of the youngsters on court. 37-year-old Tommy Haas returns as well.

No. 8 seed David Ferrer announced his withdrawal due to an elbow injury. The Spaniard had played 50 straight Grand Slam events. His spot will be taken by Luca Vanni. Ferrer was seeded to meet Rafael Nadal in the fourth round.

In the women’s draw, 5-time champion Serena Williams begins her quest to win another “Serena Slam”. She’ll meet little-known Russian Margarita Gasparyan. Last time we saw the American star play at Wimbledon she could barely stand up. Now there’s history.

“I think the fact that I lost so early the past couple years definitely makes me motivated,” Serena said. “But I think that also gives me a little less pressure because I haven’t done well here in the past two years. It makes me feel like, Okay, I’ll be fine. I have nothing to lose here. I don’t have many points to defend here. So it’s just like trying to have fun, go through it.”

Sister Venus is on Court 3 against fellow American Madison Brengle.

2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova debuts on Centre Court against Brit Johanna Konta. Former Slam winners Sam Stosur, Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic are also in action.

MONDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
Maria Sharapova (RUS) [4] v Johanna Konta (GBR)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] v Joao Sousa (POR)

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Margarita Gasparyan (RUS)
Simone Bolelli (ITA) v Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5]
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11] v Federico Delbonis (ARG)

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [26] v Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Alison Riske (USA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE) [6]
Heather Watson (GBR) v Caroline Garcia (FRA) [32]


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69 Comments for World No. 1s Serena Williams And Novak Djokovic Open Play At Wimbledon Monday

jatin Says:

I don’t know guys. But I have a bad vibe about the Djokovic match. This could very well be the biggest upset of the year.
Philipp Kohlschreiber is a very very difficult opponent to play with. He nearly won against roger in halle. And could potentially score against Novak.
Novak is totally out of sorts on grass right now. He lost to some 17 year old guy in the warm up tournament some days ago with a scoreline of 6-4,6-3.
Plus, his confidence is on lower side after the heartbreaking french open loss.
This is the worst first round match anyone could get.
Novak is a big champion and very match capable of raising him game when he need them the most. But he is a usually a tad bit rusty in first rounds of the open and I think Kohlschreiber is very much aware of that.

Lets see how Novak manage the pressure and rustiness. Its sure is a match of the day or perhaps tournament.
Though it sounds ridiculous to some but I am going with 4 sets Philipp Kohlschreiber win.


Okiegal Says:

I’m going with Novak in straights!!


Skeezer Says:

@jatin
Nole may not win in straights, but he’ll pull through. He won’t pull a “Rafa” first rd fiasco. He’s the worlds #1 in his prime for goodness sake!
—-
With Ferrer withdrawing it looks like lady luck is with the Beast, and he needs it. If he gets into the second week, and with this draw he may very well do that, he may do his “nearly impossible” and “always difficult” maneuver……. like win.


the_mind_reels Says:

With the exception of a deep run in 2012, Kohlschreiber has historically played pretty poorly at Wimbledon:

2014: 2nd round loss to Bolelli
2013: 1st round loss to Dodig
2012: QF loss to Tsonga (all other opponents were ranked 50-100)
2011: 1st round loss to Istomin
2010: 3rd round loss to Roddick
2009: 3rd round loss to Federer

In other words, Kohlschreiber loses matches to the accomplished grasscourt players ranked above him…and then he also tends to lose to players ranked below him at Wimbledon.

If I were a Djokovic fan, I’d not be too concerned about tomorrow.


skeezer Says:

^Totally agree!


Hippy Chick Says:

Novak will be fine,i said it the other day,its an interesting match up for a first round,but best of five,even if he starts off slowly he should come through all barring Phil.K playing the match of his life and performing a miracle,if anything i think the player who would be looking at the first round and losing sleep would be Phil rather than Novak,especially given it was 6 years ago since his last win….


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I can’t understand this crap about Novak’s first round match. When did Kohls became a world beater in grass. This is beyond ridiculous.


Jock-KatH Says:

Phillip is a toughy but Nole will get thru in 4.


sienna Says:

Djoker is getting a page from the RAFA textbook How to become an underdog?

Or better said: underdog for dummys.


Daniel Says:

Djoko started great breaking but than made 2 FH long plus 2 great returns by Kohls and he broke back, 2-2. Djoko is serving great tough


Daniel Says:

A lot of FH’s errors by Novak but still serving with authority. By the second set I think he will be playing better.


Daniel Says:

Don’t understand why Djoko is not coming to the net at all. Now facing doible BP after having BP on kohl serve last game.


Daniel Says:

Maybe he is just gauging his baseline game on grass.

Kyrgios already won in 3 sets.


Daniel Says:

Cilic also through in straights


Daniel Says:

Kohls making 2 DF’s handing the set to Novak who thanks very much. 6-4 Djoko and start serving second.

Now Djoko may feel more at ease, liked he went to the net a few times las games as well. Expect him to sail through now.

His return is still working and serving great also.


funches Says:

Kohlschreiber has underperformed at Wimbledon, but all you have to do is look at his game to realize how good a grass court player he is. He does everything well on grass.

Last year, Bolelli played out of his mind to beat him and then came really close to beating Nishikori in the next round, choking when he had multiple break points in the fifth set.


funches Says:

And, by the way, what a crap move by Ferrer to wait until the schedule came out before bailing. Lost a lot of respect for him. Wanted to help out his buddy Nadal instead of playing fair.

I was wrong the other day when I posted what would happen with the draw if a seed pulled out before the schedule came out. Isner, the 17 seed, would have moved into Ferrer’s spot, while Kohlschreiber would have replaced Isner and had an excellent shot to reach the fourth round on his best surface.


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a BH winner Inside out DTL on set point. Perfect precision. 2-0 Djoko


jatin Says:

Djokovic playing lights out.
Another example why warm tournaments prove nothing. He was looking so rusty against alexender and Philip was looking really good.
Kind of tells what a great champion djokovic really is. He didn’t needed any warm up or anything to get used to grass courts. It seems like he is continuing where he left off last year ( against fed)
Lets see how Philip respond in the 3rd set. He had his chances in the first set.


jatin Says:

Novak’s through. Never gonna predict an upset ever again :)

Waiting for fed’s match tomorrow.


jane Says:

hmm novak’s form was good but not great i thought. got some help from kohls at the end of set one. but glad he came through that test… and got the wee birdie off the court safely. ;)

hotsauce and klizan in quite the battle, on serve 10-10 in the 5th!


Humble Rafa Says:

hotsauce and klizan in quite the battle, on serve 10-10 in the 5th!

There we go again. This type of tennis only interests those who are amateur fans.


Jock-KatH Says:

Well done to Nole – he didn’t need the extra set that I thought he might – Phillipp played well but Nole raised his game when he had to – in retrospect this match could benefit Nole – it gave him a real game as opposed to practice.

Keen to see Stan next.


jatin Says:

The only thing I want ( apart from fed’s win ofcourse) is to see Hewitt win some matches and goes deep in his last Wimbledon.
I have always admired his game. He was so awesome when he was in his prime.
Comon Hewitt.


jane Says:

stan is giving one pair of his roland garros shorts, lol

“When I reach 500k followers, I will give away 1 pair of my lucky shorts to a lucky follower !! #GoodLuck 🎁 “


RZ Says:

@Jane – maybe I should unfollow Stan. I don’t want those shorts!


Jeez Says:

So much for the ALL TOUGH Kohlschreiber Opening round!!!

:-)

6-4,6-4,6-4
WIMPER !!!


sienna Says:

yes a few rounds for Hewitt would be a good way for him to say farewell. His spirit was immense a true champion to the bone. Killed as all time great as course of TMF.
the irony of course is that without Federer he would have won 4/5 slams easy. And not only slams won by TMF himself!
Champion with a big C.


Hippy Chick Says:

NEVER-IN-DOUBT ;)….


sienna Says:

the Aussies are giving me chills down my spine.
vut probs winner will be eaten alive by Djokocf


sienna Says:

I feel Nicky K and 4K have some work to do before they have selfbelief and mental toughness of Lleyton.


Giles Says:

Ferrer and Rafa are not “buddies”. They are both Spamiards!!!


Giles Says:

*Spaniards*


sienna Says:

nishikori acknowledging aan point when bolelli on brink winning Fourth set.

Djokovic should pay attention.
Djokovic does axknowledge many points but never such important. Only when he himself is infront.

That is why Djokovic never will be aan peoples champion like Fedal or only Federer as you wish.


MMT Says:

Jeez: are you kidding? He won each of those sets by a break in the last game of the set – that’s nothing to shake a stick at. Apparently, had Ferrer pulled out 12 hours earlier than he did, Kohlschreiber would have been seeded, and he does have a grass court title in his career (Halle 2011).

I watched the match, and Djokovic did not look sharp until he really needed to be. That can be a good sign or a bad one, depending on whether the first part recurrs in subsequent matches. He might actually have an easier opponent in the 2nd or 3rd round than he did in the first, so it could be enough (as long as whoever he plays doesn’t come out of his socks) but on the face of how he played today, he doesn’t look great.


Hippy Chick Says:

Kei comes through in five sets,struggling with a leg injury,not sure he will have much left for his next match,looks to be in alot of pain,i wouldnt be at all surprised if he pulled out….


van orten Says:

Is nishikori injury prone ?


jane Says:

i was quite please that novak came to net 28 times and won 20 of those points for 71%. what he needs to do is cut down on errors. his first serve was generally strong and he won 57% on second serves which is good, though not great.

kind of thought leyton would make it past jarko, but i guess novak will play neminen instead for the second slam in a row. he’s got that tricky lefty serve.

of the young aussies, nick kyrgios was by far the most impressive with a bagel. 4-K is out and tomic took 5 sets to win, but he did get the W.

cilic and isner through in straights. raonic through too though he dropped a set.

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van orten, he certainly seems to be!


jane Says:

*pleased


Ruby Says:

Phew, now perhaps the extreme over-hyping of Kohlschreiber can stop for a good long while (the_mind_reels gave a good summation of why there was never anything more than some vague distant memory of him winning Halle to fear) and maybe even the secret draw conspiracy talk. As expected, Djokovic wins in straights.

BTW, for Djokovic fans, he is a clue in this week’s New York Times Magazine crossword puzzle.


jane Says:

MMT, glad to know a poster such as yourself recognizes kohls pedigree and game on grass.


jane Says:

^ and i don’t think it was 12 hours earlier for ferrer MMT; i believe it was if he had pulled out *by 12.* so yeah, that’s a bad break for kohls, who probably would’ve gone deeper in the draw.


jane Says:

interesting piece on the single-handed backhand… suggests it’s on the way out, which seems somewhat contradicted by stan’s recent success or by some of the younger players who use it, but feel free to read on :)

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/its-the-stroke-of-champions–so-why-is-the-singlehanded-backhand-on-the-way-out-10345668.html


Hippy Chick Says:

I hope Kei is fit to play his next match,otherwise Simoni Bolleli with be pretty p*ssed off….


M Says:

@jane – Doesn’t it seem like every year there’s a big brouhaha about teh 1HBH being on the way out?

And then somebody wins a big tournament with it, LOL.

Vee takes out Madison Brengle with a double bagel

o.O


jane Says:

m – perhaps, but i found that article a more in-depth approach to the question, or perhaps i missed some of the other ones in the past. anyhow, just thought i would share it, especially for those who play.


Hippy Chick Says:

LOL Too cute Jane….


MMT Says:

jane: It’s an interesting article – he basicaly argues that the professional game has too much power and pace for a good 1-handed backhand, but you can produce more of each with the 1-handed backhand. Also, the professional game is not when the stroke is learned. You have to go to the juniors and earlier to understand why that choice is made.

He also discounts the technical advantages of the 1-handed backhand, and fails to analyze why 1-handers are over represented in the top 100. I believe that unless you’re extremely talented (which most players are not), you will choose the 2-hander as a junior in order to get better results earlier, and that’s because there’s more money in the game earlier.

He’s also very harsh on Nadal, which I don’t agree with – Nadal has a formula to his success, but it is hardly a “demented robotic extreme”. That may have been tinged with some personal bias (after all, he did write a book called “Federer and Me: a Story of Obsession”) Personally, I think Nadal is exceptionally talented (given that he’s won 14 majors with is weak hand) and does things that few players can repeat with their strong hand.

I do agree that the demise of the 1-handed backhand is not at hand – not only because being different can get you exceptional results, but because ultimately talent tells in tennis, and some percentage of the most talented kids will always learn the 1-handed backhand because of the benefits. They will also have earlier success because of their talent, even if their technique isn’t where it needs to be from the beginning.

Here’s my take on it:

http://tennis-column.blogspot.com/2014/02/what-killed-one-handed-backhand.html

http://tennis-column.blogspot.com/2014/02/federers-high-one-handed-backhand.html


jane Says:

thanks MMT, will look at your columns. and yes; i noticed the disdain for rafa in his tone and the connotations of his word choice. i’ve seen rafa hit a backhand winner from sitting position; that takes talent and reflex. i also don’t agree with his assessment that somehow stan’s backhand was the reason for this roland garros win. in fact he hit his forehand exceptionally well, including in the fed match, and he raised his first serve % by 10% in the finals. plus novak was too tentative. lots contributes to wins/losses, not just one type of shot.


Hippy Chick Says:

Big congrats to Liam Broady ;)….


skeezer Says:

MMT,
Very well written pieces, thank you for providing such fantastic tennis tech, really enjoyed it. Would only add that the contact point for the SHBH is further in front on the average vs. the 2 hander and the FH side for that matter. That is one of its unique requirements when hitting with power.
Your concept of hitting options is spot on, and on the rise is by far the best solution. I thought the SHBH has improved through this era though, and no one can say now that a 2 hander has more power than a one hander. Just ask Stan the Man.


chris ford1 Says:

Poor Kohlschreiber. Great guy but the Draw Gods sure have punished him this year. Tomic 2nd round AO. Murray 2nd round Madrid. Federer 1st round at Aegon Halle, which he almost won. Then Nole 1st Round at Wimbledon.
Give Phillipp a break!!
He goes over to tell Nole they play 1st while they were over at Boodles..check out the reaction. The Djoker is still the Djoker behind the scenes and goofy. The picture all but invites a photoshopper to replace Phillipp’s head with a fetching gal tennis star.

https://twitter.com/Kohlscribbler/status/614380395711361024/photo/1


Ruby Says:

I do think Kohlschreiber got a rough patch of luck (though not Djokovic who actually benefited from a challenging but not truly threatening opponent early on), but of course the only answer is to raise his ranking to get better early draws. Then again, he is another one who has already crossed the line of 30, but 30 is the new 20 in tennis these days!


Jeez Says:

@MMT

Though Kohlschreiber got the break back in each(not SET 2 I guess as 1 break did him in) of SETS 1 & 3,he did CAPITULATE @ the end GIFTING Djokovic the SETS..

But the one good thing we could say is that Kohlscreiber didn’t CHOKE from either having 2-1 SET lead or WASTING a bunch of MATCH POINTS which would have been even more

EXCRUCIATING !!![Losing 4-6,4-6,4-6 is better than 4-6,7-6,7-5,6-7[losing MP],1-6 .!!!]

But that’s just my opinion

:-]


jane Says:

“of course the only answer is to raise his ranking”

maybe to some degree, but not really – it’s (bad) luck of the draw to meet the number 1 player in round one when you’re ranked 33! that’s the highest first-round match-up you can have, ranking-wise.

it’s not his fault he drew fed, murray etc, early on. other lower ranked players didn’t. a good part of it is simply bad luck.


Michael Says:

Obviously the lack of match practice was showing in Novak’s game and yet surprisingly he cruised through in straight sets although the easy score line betrays the competitiveness of the match. Novak took full advantage of Kohlschrieber’s double faults at crucial junctures in the match and he knows the class of his opponent to take him very lightly. So, at the moment it appears that Novak is keenly poised to successfully defend his title at the Premier Lawn of Tennis. I think he definitely needs it to compensate his morale shattering loss at Rolland Garros which sagged his spirit.

As far Kohlschrieber, one of the players who has tremendous potential but very little to show in terms of record and is a rather unlucky player in my opinion. He has missed quite a lot of close matches in his career but he still continues his pursuit for excellence. That shows the tenacity and determination of a player despite all the road blocks he is confronted with !!


Hippy Chick Says:

Michael can we hold off please before we put Novaks name on the trophy,theres alot of tennis to be played between now and then,im hoping some other player might also have a say on that score yet?….


Michael Says:

Alison,

Ofcourse. Who knows ? The Tennis world might see a new Wimbledon Champion as we saw recently at Rolland Garros. That is what makes this Sport the spectacle it is braced with uncertainity. However, right now you cannot deny that Novak is the favourite though I would not go far to say it is overwhelming. For me, Andy appears on the top with Novak not much behind !!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

So, Rafa, Novak and Fed appear easily through to the Land of 64. Tsonga needing 5!

And now, Genie Bouchard looks ready to follow up her finals run with a first round exit. Sad…. oh! I spoke too soon, Genie breaks back. Good to know there’s some fight left there.


jane Says:

well tsonga was injured coming in, and muller’s been playing quite well this season. so yeah, i’d be surprised if jo goes deep actually.


Daniel Says:

Saw only end of Fed match and he was playing great,

Murray is inconsistant today, his first serve deserted him, don’t know if is the heat, but something is off with his serve. He should have bag this set already,


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow! Genie is out! That is going to really hurt in the rankings.
The Handshake Curse continues. You do not mess with the Handshake Curse.


RZ Says:

@Daniel – Murray never makes it as easy as it should be. But a straight set victory is good. Onward and upward!


calmdownplease Says:

Hmmm yes, reminded me little bit too much of what we hoped had been moved on from
Ahem
Or maybe he should try a mental insitution instead of a psychiatrist to truly understand his demons
lol (it will be fine I’m sure)
Onwards and upwards.
And it was a cauldron out there
A good test even!


Daniel Says:

Forecast is great so far, pretty warm with this extra week. 40% rain only expected on Wednesday, day of Quarterfinals. Hope this Wimby goes rain free, hate when their is schedule issues and match postponed.

A lot of 5 sets already this tourney. yesterday and today.


Jeez Says:

First Bouchard(24th ranked)then Halep(3rd ranked)Would Wozniacki(5th rank) be next !!??

:-)


Margot Says:

@Daniel
He was serving very well at Queens, so here’s hoping. I think he finds first round matches nerve wracking.
Dunno about shrink, have heard he works for Steve Peters. Last I heard it was someone from “Chimp Management.” Lol, Andy knows how to keep his fans on their toes.
Very sad with Halep. What is up with her? She was nursing an injury I believe.


Daniel Says:

Yes Margot, hope he improves on that. The other parts of his game was excellent, love how he uses variety on grass, a few slices and suddenly a missile BH flat. The thing with grass is when you hit a great return is almost impossible to get back.

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