Federer, Nadal Win But Line Up Tough Opponents in 2nd Rd. at Wimbledon
| June 30th, 2015, 5:43 pm
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Former Wimbledon champs Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal eased into the second round in their debuts at the All England Club on Tuesday, with almost time to enjoy strawberries and cream during change-overs as three of the Big 4 won in straight sets.


Federer needed just a little over an hour to dispatch of Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 on Centre Court, speaking to the difference of the show courts, and all the courts, as the tournament advances.

“[The grass] changes as the tournament progresses,” said Federer, who will next meet American Sam Querrey in their first meeting on grass. “It’s easier to move once you enter, I’d say, third round. Then especially the second week, just because of the used bit in the back, you have more grip, whereas in the beginning of the tournament it’s softer, it’s more slippery where the green patches are.”

Also avoiding slips among the Top 10-seeded players were the No. 3-seeded Murray with a 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-4 win over Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin; No. 6 Tomas Berdych in one of the late matches over France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-7(8), 7-6(3), 7-6(5) as darkness fell; and the struggling No. 10 seed and former champ Rafa Nadal who looked to be righting his ship with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci.

“I think I played okay [today]; played well, played solid,” Nadal said of improving to 5-0 career against Bellucci. “I am a little bit more confident now than I was few months ago. Just day by day for me. Obviously victories help.”

Nadal will next face an awkward opponent in the net-crashing German “Smokin’” Dustin Brown.

“He’s not a usual player,” Nadal said. “Anything can happen. He beat me last year in Halle. It is little bit different, the surface and everything. He’s a tough player…Probably he will come with good confidence. I’m going to try to be ready for it.”

Murray squeaked by in a tiebreak in his second set, when his serve went off the boil.

“I didn’t necessarily feel nervy,” said Murray, who will next face Robin Haase. “I lost my serve a bit in the end of that second set. There was a period where I missed like 10 or 12 first serves in a row and let him back into it there. Then he played some really good stuff at times and was going for his shots. I found it difficult to play aggressive tennis out there. I was glad to get through in straight sets.”

Seeds outside the Top 10 advancing were No. 12 Gilles Simon, No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who out-served Gilles Muller in five, No. 15 Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, No. 18 Gael “Force” Monfils, No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 22 Viktor Troicki, No. 23 “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic, No. 25 Andreas Seppi, and No. 30 Fabio Fognini.

No. 31 Jack Sock was a seeded fatality, needing injury treatment during a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 loss to giant-serving Aussie journeyman Sam Groth. Spain’s Pablo Andujar was another upset maker, downing No. 29 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in five 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Other players of note into the second round in all-unseeded meetings were another non-Andy-Murray Brit winner with James Ward defeating Italian Luca Vanni after losing the first set, joined by fellow winners Nicolas Mahut, Borna Coric topping veteran Sergiy Stakhovsky 9-7 in the fifth, Lukas Rosol straight-setting Ernests Gulbis, and Vasek Pospisil.

Highlights of men’s play on Wednesday at the All England Club include (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Jarkko Nieminen, (7) Milos Raonic vs. Tommy Haas, (11) Grigor Dimitrov vs. Steve Johnson, and Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco vs. (32) Dominic Thiem.

 


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26 Comments for Federer, Nadal Win But Line Up Tough Opponents in 2nd Rd. at Wimbledon

andrea Says:

good grief. the genie death spiral continues……i can’t even watch anymore.


chris ford1 Says:

May go down as one of the great bone-headed moves in tennis in the last 10 years. Bouchard, rocketing up the rankings and pegged as the next glam star and pocketing several million in endorsement deals – decides it is a perfect time to sack her coach at the end of her great 2014 season. And not shake opponent’s hands.
Been downhill ever since for Genie.


M Says:

Roger, Rafa, Andy, Novak.

Who didn’t win in straights?

Or is the OP talking about in a single day?

Speaking of which … DAE notice that 3 of the big 4 are in one half of the draw? And DAE think that’s … a little “Two men enter, one man leaves”, because whoever is left standing on this side will face a comparatively fresh defending champion on the other …?

/things that make you go hmmm


M Says:

P.S. Okay, Grigor. Don’t screw this up.


AndyMira Says:

Similar draw at FO,rafa,novak and andy in the same side and novak came victorious but too drained mentally and physically in the final..it will be interesting to see who will come out unscathed here since rafa,roger and andy on the same side..or whether the ‘supposedly’fresh novak can take advantage of his easy draw.


Bertie Says:

I do not think the draw will be easier for Novak. I watched Wawrinka play on Monday and he looked good. Novak will not want to meet him again in the semis. Plus the last time Fed, Rafa and Andy were on the same side Murray Mint won Wimbledon. so it is much of a muchness.


Wog Boy Says:

Jack Sock was disappointing last night, not because he lost, that happens, but because of huge disrespect he has shown towards battler Sam Groth during entire match, he even hit the ball in despair aiming at Groth’s fans “Aussie Fanatics”. Commentator, who was American, was discussed with Jack Sock behavior, he stressed few times that Sock “doesn’t show any respect towards his oponent even loudly saying that Groth can’t hit more than two ground strokes in a row and yet he is winning”, as commentators said “it wasn’t Groth’s fault that Sock is playing poorly”.


FedExpress Says:

Nishikori has withdrawn. what a joke draw for nole till the final


Hippy Chick Says:

Shame about Nishikori,but i had a feeling this was going to happen,i feel sorry for Bolelli TBH IMO the fair thing would be to let him face Nishkoris opponent,still JMO….


Daniel Says:

Djoko could still meet Wawa/ Raonci or Dimitrov who is playing great in semis and Cilic or Isner in Quarters.

But with his form in this match I think he is the final. He is hitting way more deeper, less mistakes as first match, coming to net more and better serve. A clean perfect match for him so far.

Tomic shouldn’t be a problem and than he will get probably
Anderson before Dimi/Isner. Possibly 2 serve bombs in a row, 3 if Raonic is in semis.


Wog Boy Says:

Nole is not there yet with his game, his return game is not where it should be and he is facing very awkward and dangerous player on grass in the next round, Tomic.


RZ Says:

@Wog Boy – Nole wasn’t there with his game for most of the tournament last year, but it didn’t hinder him (though it helped that his game showed up in the final). Unless Tomic plays at his top level, Nole shouldn’t have any issues.


RZ Says:

In the “had-to-happen-that-way” department, Baghdatis wins in 5!


FedExpress Says:

This was Cilics Wimbledon simon
cilics title to lose


FedExpress Says:

ivanovic is so overrated


Jock-KatH Says:

Nah – Tomic won’t beat Nole


funches Says:

I don’t think Djokovic found his game in the final against Federer last year.

It was a mediocre match that people oohed and aahed about because it was Fed-Djokovic. I’m no Nadal guy, but I felt like an in-form Rafa would have beaten both of them in 4 sets the way they were playing.

Djokovic appears to be playing better this Wimbledon than last Wimbledon, but it doesn’t mean anything until he faces someone who can really challenge him.


jane Says:

i thought last year’s final was great quality: nole 68 winners/27 errors and fed 75 winners/29 errors. both won over 70% of their first serves. it was a clean match overall, with some really exciting points. but yeah, i know i’m biased.


sienna Says:

Why has Rafa tough opponent? It is laughable what people are trying to create.


sienna Says:

Cilic to win or lose!
His serve and forehand in someway reminded of Usopen. But It was nothing like his play at Us open. Usopen Cilic was animalistic, raged with controled agression. seeking and pounding every chance. Making no unforced errors and bombing every ball. He defended like a lion.
I like to see a final against this years Federer.

Because he showed best form of early rounds. Im anxious for this afternoons match. I will have reschedule aan lot to make this match but gotta see about TMF.


madmax Says:

FedExpress Says:
Nishikori has withdrawn. what a joke draw for nole till the final

July 1st, 2015 at 8:01 am

FedExpress,

Would Nishikori be a real threat to Nole?

I don’t think so.


madmax Says:

funches Says:
I don’t think Djokovic found his game in the final against Federer last year.

It was a mediocre match that people oohed and aahed about because it was Fed-Djokovic. I’m no Nadal guy, but I felt like an in-form Rafa would have beaten both of them in 4 sets the way they were playing.

Djokovic appears to be playing better this Wimbledon than last Wimbledon, but it doesn’t mean anything until he faces someone who can really challenge him.

July 1st, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Funches,

But Nadal was not “on form”, so it is a mute point.


madmax Says:

jane Says:
i thought last year’s final was great quality: nole 68 winners/27 errors and fed 75 winners/29 errors. both won over 70% of their first serves. it was a clean match overall, with some really exciting points. but yeah, i know i’m biased.

July 1st, 2015 at 10:31 pm

Jane,

It absolutely was great quality and to be honest, Fed making it into a fifth set, gave us all hope. You are not biased. You stated the facts as they were and no one can argue with that. For anyone to even say it was a lack-lustre match. Crazy!

However, Novak is fittest tennis player on the planet, so Fed was always going to suffer towards the end, even though he played a cracker!


elina Says:

Any self respecting Roger fan would love to see Fed playing the Psy of tennis in the final.

mew


madmax Says:

Elina,

And?

Are you not able to accept the fact that Novak is the best player in the world right now, or do you think that Federer is?

Newsflash. Novak No. 1. Federer No. 2

That is not to say he wouldn’t win Wimbledon, but he is NOT the best player in the world, as it stands right now.

If I have misunderstood, then please, let me know.


elina Says:

Of course Novak on every metric is the best player in the world ATM.

Yes I think you misunderstood. I never mentioned Novak.

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