A Brit Wins (Really!); Hewitt Plays Last Match at Wimbledon Monday
by Staff | June 29th, 2015, 4:54 pm
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic overcame a tough opening-round opponent, two seeds were upset, former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt played his final match at the All England Club, and an English man actually won a match on an activity-filled opening day at Wimbledon.


Djokovic defeated German Philipp Kohlschreiber, a former grasscourt title winner at Halle, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to move into the second round in his first match since losing in the French Open final to Stan Wawrinka.

“I thought it was great to be back in Wimbledon and to play on the untouched grass and open the Wimbledon 2015 campaign on Centre Court as the defending champion,” said Djokovic, who will next meet Jarkko Nieminen, who defeated Hewitt 11-9 in the fifth set in the Aussie’s last appearance at Wimbledon. “It is a special feeling, completely different from any other tournaments. The tradition and history is nurtured here, respected.”

Other Top 10-seeded winners on Monday were No. 4 Wawrinka topping Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-2, 7-5, 7-6(3); No. 5 Kei Nishikori struggling past Italian Simone Bolelli 6-3 in the fifth; No. 7 Milos Raonic defeating Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4); and No. 9 Marin Cilic straight-setting Japan’s Hiroki Moriya 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(4).

“I knew it was going to be a tough one because we played long five sets last year here,” Nishikori said of Bolelli. “I knew he’s good on grass. Mentally I was ready, but maybe there were many ups and downs. My serve, and maybe my concentration wasn’t there some moments…But I finished very strong in the end, so very happy to win today.”

The French Open champ Wawrinka did not face a break point against Sousa.

“When I was younger, up until age 19 maybe, I only played on clay, so from the baseline I needed to have time to prepared my shots,” Wawrinka said. “It took some time for me to feel comfortable on faster surfaces. On grass it’s important to be aggressive, play close to the baseline and pressure your opponent. I had the find the solutions over the years, and now I am able to play my best tennis on grass as well.”

On the upset tip Aussie John Millman toppled No. 19 Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, and American wildcard Denis Kudla came from two sets down to outlast No. 28 Pablo Cuevas 6-2 in the fifth.

Other seeded winners were No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 14 Kevin Anderson, No. 16 David Goffin, No. 17 John Isner, No. 21 Richard Gasquet, No. 24 Leonardo Mayer, No. 26 Nick Kyrgios, No. 27 Bernard Tomic who needed five sets to beat German Jan-Lennard Struff, and No. 32 Dominic Thiem.

While Hewitt failed to revive his past Wimbledon success, a number of other unseeded veterans found their way into the second round in Marcos Baghdatis, former world No. 2 Tommy Haas, and Spain’s Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco whose nerve outlasted Slovak Martin Klizan 13-11 in the fifth.

The 37-year-old Haas will next meet the No. 7-seeded Raonic.

“He’s been doing some great things really, so I think age is irrelevant,” Raonic of the German. “I’ve just got to face Tommy and try to play my best.”

Brit wildcard Liam Broady won his first career Grand Slam match, coming from two sets down to defeat Marinko Matosevic 6-3 in the fifth.

“To be honest, I’m not sure how much I believed I could win a round of Wimbledon before today, even going into the match,” said the 21-year-old bearded Broady, a Wimbledon juniors doubles champion and singles runner-up. “I’m hoping that it will sort of push me on and give me a bit more fire to want to get back here.”

Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal highlight play on Tuesday at the All England Club.

CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
Petra Kvitova (CZE) [2] defeats Kiki Bertens (NED) 6-1 6-0
Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Roger Federer (SUI) [2]
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v Andy Murray (GBR) [3]

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Rafael Nadal (ESP) [10]
Jana Cepelova (SVK) v Simona Halep (ROU) [3]
Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6] v Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [13] v Gilles Muller (LUX)
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v Gilles Simon (FRA) [12]
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [8] v Sachia Vickery (USA)
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [5] v Saisai Zheng (CHN)


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22 Comments for A Brit Wins (Really!); Hewitt Plays Last Match at Wimbledon Monday

RZ Says:

I guess I have to be the first one to point out that Andy Murray is British and wins quite often, LOL. But the point about Liam Broady’s match win is well-taken. :-)


Jack Lewis Says:

Sean Connery would beg to differ on that.


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:

i agree for set one, but not so much in set three.


jane Says:

i just read that if andy wins the title but roger fails to make the semis, then andy takes over #2.


jane Says:

another brit won: heather watson, in a tight 3rd set.


RZ Says:

@Jane – that was a nice comeback for Heather Watson, especially as that is a tough first round draw. Laura Robson didn’t win but a 6-4 6-4 loss in just her second match back after 17 months is encouraging.


RZ Says:

Another tough first rounder: Jankovic vs. Vesnina. I’ve been following the scores and it seems like it’s been a very up and down match, with both ladies getting break leads in the final set.


M Says:

“Another tough first rounder”

@RZ – there don’t seem to be many “easy” ones, are there? On either side.

I think lots of that has to do with unexpected fallings in rankings – #3 Halep and #12 Bouchard are also out (and that’s just on the ladies’ side!) – and the resulting mix-it-ups.

Another “upset” – Sam Groth beat #31 Jack Sock; people who were so proud of Sock’s performance at RG thought he was going to skate on through. Grass is different, folks! If you’re going to be an all court player, you have to learn your craft cold on all courts, because the competition is tough, and there’s always somebody looking over your shoulder.

(It’s like Showgirls, LOL.)

Good for Heather Watson. I thought it was over for her yesterday; then they switched courts and she pulled level, and then pulled out the win today.

Thanks, jane!


RZ Says:

@M – the number of tough first round matches seems to be much higher at this tournament than usual. There are always a few but seems like a lot at this year’s Wimbledon.

Here’s another one (though not quite to the same level as some of the others): Wozniacki vs. Zheng.


Colin Says:

I didn’t see the last set of the Watson match, though I wish I had. Apparently she was warned for swearing!

Andy Murray contrived to make things nerve-racking for British viewers. He was closing in on the second set, leading 5-1, and then two things happened. His first serve deserted him, and Kukushkin began taking risks, going for difficult shots and pulling them off. Andy managed to right the ship and duly won the match, but when he was misfiring I worried for Amelie Mauresmo’s health.
If she’d got really tense and excited, we might have had an unusual medical time-out!

On BBC Radio, Justine Henin is on the commentary team, and she said this was just what Murray needed in the first round, having to work hard for his win. I hope she’s right.

Losing 4-6, 4-6 was quite a good result for Laura Robson, against a useful opponent, and should give her confidence. I assume she will now look to minor tournaments to get more match play.


Jock-KatH Says:

I’m pleased for Andy of course – but I was irritated all day that little respect was given to Jo Tsonga v G. Muller’s match which went to 5 sets. Surely this was as important as Fed’s thru the park, Nadal’s welcome surge and Andy’s eventual success?

I even struggled to find a scoreline for Jo on the web. This was a mammoth struggle between 2 great players.

I’m a Brit/Scot – but for goodness sake BBC how could you close down that early viewing and go to national matches without giving the choice – it was said to be on BBC Online — maybe other people got it but I couldn’t get it —and we pay the license fee. Pretty angry!!!

Also the Wimbledon site is so awful, so awful.


sienna Says:

I just read that ifvRoger wins the title but Andy fails to make the semi, then Roger stays second but with #18 in the pocket.


Giles Says:

Jock-KatH. You should get the Wimbledon App. It’s absolutely brilliant


Giles Says:

His pocket is already too full. No room for #18!!


john Says:

“I even struggled to find a scoreline for Jo on the web. This was a mammoth struggle between 2 great players.”

Google Flash score tennis, should solve the problem.


Margot Says:

@KatH
Thought they disrespected Hewitt as well. Would not have hurt them to give him Centre as a last hurrah. Sounds like a very crowd pleasing match too.
It’s obvious Konta would be murdered by Maria and probably intimidated by Centre, that was a silly chauvanistic gesture.


Jock-KatH Says:

Agree – Margot – re. Hewitt it was honouring the past…and seemed so sad that no real acknowledgement had been arranged irrespective of any outcome – surely that should have been planned.

I’m also still angry re. Jo.s match – it was even ignored in a round up by Sue Baker on BBC – not even mentioned….then I went to the computer searching — it seems the BBC offered the match online but it was not actually available – I was pretty “plissed off”.

LOL


Jock-KatH Says:

Thanks Giles & John.

@ Sienna – Re Roger v Andy rankings – Are you sure it isn’t the other way round?


Colin Says:

@Jack Lewis – Connery would not agree regarding Andy’d nationality, eh?

That would be the Connery who lives abroad for tax reasons, and could not vote in the referendum because to qualify, he’d have had to spend a certain amount of time residing in Scotland, paying British tax. He isn’t exactly short of money, is he? If he’s so keen on Scottish independence, wouldn’t you think he’d put his money where his mouth is? Andy hasn’t gone to live in Switzerland of Monte Carlo, as he well could have.


Colin Says:

Whoops, s/b Andy’S.


sienna Says:

You mean Andy would have 18 slams? Wow that would be something.
You think Andy is of that calibre?

Just kidding my comment was a jest to …

jane Says:
i just read that if andy wins the title but roger fails to make the semis, then andy takes over #2.

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