Murray Beats Another Brit, Wawrinka Lines Up Del Potro, Federer vs. Cinderella Willis Wed. at Wimbledon
by Staff | June 28th, 2016, 6:42 pm
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Another shocking lack of upsets saw all 10 seeds in action advance into the second round Tuesday on a day cut short by rain at Wimbledon, led, at least to the home crowd, by No. 2 seed Andy Murray winning an all-British match-up against Liam Broady 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.


Broady, perhaps best known as the brother of WTA player Naomi who was cut from the LTA women’s program after posing scantily clad and provocatively next to a condom machine, and shared on social media, was no match for the former champ.

“My job is to learn from the French Open and one of the things I could have done better there is start the tournament quicker,” said Murray, wrapping his match right before the rains came. “I served pretty well. Offensively, there was good stuff. Defensively maybe I could have done a little better but it’s not that easy playing someone you know. We’re both out there just trying to win but it doesn’t make it any easier.”

Three other Top 10 players were in action as No. 4 Stan Wawrinka beat American and former No. 1 junior Taylor Fritz 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4; and No. 7 Richard Gasquet cruised past Brit Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

“Taylor’s a great player, really talented for sure, and he has a lot of shots,” said Wawrinka of the American who won the third set after trailing 0-4, speaking to the BBC. “He’s really young and he has a lot of time in front of him to improve but you can already see that he’s a strong player.”

Lower-seeded winners into the second round were No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 15 Nick Kyrgios who ground down Radek “The Worm” Stepanek in four, No. 22 Feliciano Lopez who straight-setted Rajeev “Rampras” Ram, No. 25 Viktor Troicki, No. 26 Benoit Paire who outlasted Croat Franko Skugor 10-8 in the fifth, and No. 31 Joao Sousa who edged Russian Dmitry Tursunov in five, twice a set down.

“I do believe I can do good things in this tournament, go far, potentially win it,” Kyrgios said after beating The Worm. “We’re great friends, I knew it was going to be tough. To be honest, that’s a nightmare first round for anyone at Wimbledon. I could pick 90 guys in the draw that I would rather have played first round.”

Unseeded winners of note were former Slam champ Juan Martin Del Potro who will next meet the No. 4 Wawrinka, Gilles Muller winning a delayed match from Monday 15-13 in the fifth, and German “Downtown” Dustin Brown who will face the No. 15 seed Kyrgios.

“Great sensations after three years,” said del Potro, contesting his first Slam in almost three years after wrist injuries. “I been here in 2013 making semifinals in a great match against Djokovic. I never have the chance again to play on grasscourts. This year is completely different for myself and I am enjoying tennis a lot. Of course, when you win your first round, everything is much better. I’m looking forward to playing a great match against Wawrinka…I was close to quit tennis in the end of the last year. But now my [outlook] is completely different. I’m enjoying tennis again.”

Matches to watch for on Wednesday at the All England Club include (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Adrian Mannarino, (3) Roger Federer vs. Brit Marcus Willis, (16) Gilles Simon vs. Grigor Dimitrov, (19) Bernard “The Tank Engine” Tomic vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, (18) John Isner vs. Marcos Baghdatis, and (13) David Ferrer vs. Nicolas Mahut.

WEDNESDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [3] v Kateryna Kozlova (UKR)
2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
3. Roger Federer (SUI) [3] v Marcus Willis (GBR)
NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM

1. Monica Puig (PUR) v Johanna Konta (GBR) [16]
2. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v Gilles Simon (FRA) [16]
3. Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Milos Raonic (CAN) [6]

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
1. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v Bernard Tomic (AUS) [19]
2. Daniel Evans (GBR) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) [30]
3. Simona Halep (ROU) [5] v Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
4. Jana Cepelova (SVK) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [2]


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94 Comments for Murray Beats Another Brit, Wawrinka Lines Up Del Potro, Federer vs. Cinderella Willis Wed. at Wimbledon

Daniel Says:

Wow, didn’t realize there was this much time since DelPo hasn’t play a Slam.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

This article mentions Federer and Novak. Hey, which one do you think is GOAT? That would be a fun discussion to have!
Remember, if someone disagrees on that, it is really an attack on your entire life and worldview. It must not be allowed to stand.


skeezer Says:

“This article mentions Federer and Novak. Hey, which one do you think is GOAT?”
Lol …same subject a few years back except it wasn’t Novak, it was Rafa. Whos next?


Daniel Says:

Another rain interrupted day, seema will be going like this all tourney.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Amazing comment from DelPotro that he was close to quitting last year. Now, just a couple months into his comeback he already has wins over a few top twenty players and a bagel and breadstick win at Wimbledon! Great to hear he’s enjoying himself after such a trying FIVE FREAKING YEARS!


Daniel Says:

Looks like only Djoko and Fed will finish their matches today. Started raining again.
Djoko on court.

TV,

It would be awesome to see DelPO win a Slam again, maybe next year or 2018. The ultimate Cinderella story and what a moving one it would be. Step by step.


Daniel Says:

SO far mansion is playing decent, hold at ease and he even had 2 BP in Djoko’s game and another 15-30. But last game Djoko holder with authority.


J-Kath Says:

ww.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3665875/Marcus-Willis-s-girlfriend-arrives-cheer-player-against-Roger-Federer.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Heh Ladies, (and guys too)…see Marcus Willis’s girl-friend…WOW….totally got “IT”.


Daniel Says:

Great return by Djoko to have set point and he closes the next point 6-4. Now ready to take control of the match and play more freely.


jalep Says:

Thanks Nikola. They are both adorable! Wow.
His nickname is “Cartman” — after the South Park cartoon kid.

I forgot how much weight he’s lost since meeting her — a lot, anyway.


J-Kath Says:

Thanks Nikola for adding the missing link…I saw it didn’t light up but hoped it was enuf. Yes Jalep…he’s pretty great too.


jalep Says:

Is it too good to be true? JK?
Well, I hoping love at first sight, as he described it, is for real this time.


jalep Says:

Hoping that they put an extra matches on Center Court after Willis v Federer. Any chance of that?


jalep Says:

grammar alert . edit. Hoping they put extra matches on…


Daniel Says:

Hard to see it jalep, they only have 3 matches per day on center court to preserve grass. But so far Rada was fast 2 sets, Djoko is winning under 2 h and of Fed wins fast maybe they can place another female match.


Daniel Says:

Talked to soon, Djoko broken serving for the matcb, 5-5.


jalep Says:

Mannarino is quietly making a match of it.

Idemo Nole! oops…he can’t hear me…

Your probably right about preserving the grass, Daniel.
Female match — I like. They could at least finish Puig v Konta. It would be very kind of them to let Bernie and Nando finish their match, too.


jalep Says:

Wow. Nole ole. Anyone see that? Not boring!


jalep Says:

hahaha great tennis!


jalep Says:

Kudos to Adrian Mannarino in that decider and tb. Outstanding stuff.
But Nole too good. GSM!


Daniel Says:

A scare at the end, 0-30 5-6 but Djoko comes through. Next Bellucci or Querey. Bellucci seema to gove trouble for Djoko for a set or twi and Querrey has a big serve, but over 5 can’t see them doing it.

Next Federer versus Willis, should be fun atmosphere.


Daniel Says:

Agree, if Fed wins in straight thet should end one of the matches that is half set to go. Poor Tomic is one game away.


Wog Boy Says:

Another record for Nole, he surpassed Rod Laver’s 29 GS wins in a row, this is Nole’s 30th GS win in a row, stands alone.


jalep Says:

Yep and the tarps are off the courts at the moment they just showed 🍿😜

I took Verdasco in my TX ATP bracket and Tomic in my Tenngrand one. I don’t care with one wins. I do care very much about Zverev getting to finish off PHM, tho!

Great atmosphere going into this Fed v Willis.


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

I don’t think you will be to thrilled with all of the double faults today by Nole. But that’s okay. He still got it done in straight sets. The usual rollercoaster ride at the end. I have to say that Nole is one of the worst ever number 1 players at serving for matches. He seems to feel more comfortable breaking a player to win the match. I don’t mean one of the worst at holding serve. But how many break points does he have to save when he is serving for the match. So many matches where he has a very difficult service game to finish matches.


Giles Says:

Jalep. You carry on trying to convince yourself that joker is not boring. Lol
As long as you’re happy. 🤗


Daniel Says:

Much better start by Fed this time.


Willow Says:

Jalep i picked Dasco in my bracket dont know how wise that was, agree about the atmosphere in the Fed / Willis match, and i think Marcos is just enjoying the moment, because he has nothing to lose, BTW thanks for the chat the other day it was a rally nice surprise ;-)) ….


Willow Says:

Willis is playing very well, but is still 4 / 0 down, closer than the scoreline would suggest ….


jalep Says:

Yeah, it’s pretty easy for Fed, so far.
But you can see that Cartman has talent – looks like he needs more of his fitness program. I’d take a tennis lesson from him :D

And Thiem v Flo Mayer is on. Switching to Thiem match. Thiem took the first set 75. Beating Flo isn’t going to be easy!
Tomic won. Bah, not a fan.


jalep Says:

Oh hi Willow. Yeah the communication is sweet. Thanks, my friend.

It’s okay to tell me I have too many brackets 😁 My Tenngrand one will be doing better than the other one I think.


Daniel Says:

Poor Willis, reality check.

Hope he can get some games in next 2 sets.


Dave Says:

I expected more than this. He has had game points and break points, just hasn’t been able to convert any. If he gets on the board, that will help. Ward lost the first 9 games and than turned things around against Djokovic in the second set. I just hope he at least gets a few games as well.


Dave Says:

Interesting stat. Djokovic is 14-2 in tiebreaks this year.


Daniel Says:

Thiem already a break up in set 2. I was in doubt picking bracket either him or Zverev, but went woth Zverev’s height and power on grass, he seema more natural to me here.


Daniel Says:

Dave, that 12-2 is called confidence, Djoko knows where he stands right now.


Dave Says:

It’s 14-2. They don’t update the stats on ATP.com until wimbledon is over. he was 12-2 going into wimbledon. He won a tiebreak in each match so far.


jalep Says:

Zev won in straight sets = happiness.
Querrey won the first set.
Konta got the job done in two sets.

But many I thought would make it — are not going to win.


Daniel Says:

Querrey taking control of the match, looks like Djoko x Querrey will be first third round defined


Van Persie Says:

Go Willis. Take at least a set!


Willow Says:

Federer is a superior player (obviously), and is getting away with having to play just good enough, as his opponent misses alot, and i dont know if its my imagination, but he doesnt seem to chasing down as many balls, but i dont think he will get away with gifting so many break points to a better returner ….


Willow Says:

Van Persie unlikely as Federer broke, and is serving for the match ….


calmdownplease Says:

Poor Liam Broady!
If only he drew Federer instead of Muzz he might have had a pretty good chance here
Just sayin ;0)


Van Persie Says:

What a shame…I liked Willis.:(


Van Persie Says:

His girlfriend looks like Claudia Schiffer


Dave Says:

VP,

Your right. I couldn’t put my finger on who she looked like. That’s exactly who it is. Claudia Shiffer.


Willow Says:

Tennis players have beautiful girlfriends no question ….


jatin Says:

Such a sweet match that was.
I really liked Wilis, what he had done in past 2 weeks or so is really unbelievable. A fairy tail indeed :)
He played some pretty good tennis as in the 2nd and 3rd set as well. Hope he continue this process and rise up in the rankings.

It was a lovely match to see, full of emotions from Marcus wilis side and his family.

Well done fed, onto the 3rd round. Keep it up :)


Margot Says:

Rather rude about Liam. He has won boys’ doubles at Wimbledon and AO. He is not “unknown” in the UK.
Keep up at the back.
So glad Wills played better in the 3rd.However, cannot bear Sue Barker gushing and giggling. You are not 12 years old Sue.


jalep Says:

Okay, so it’s Pironkova and Bencic walking onto Center Court.
This one is a key match for my WTA bracket!!


Dave Says:

The commentators are right. Huge advantage for Djokovic and Federer with the weather being the way it is. It must feel good to be the first ones in the 3rd round and now able to rest. Dolgopolov because of a condition that he has, doesn’t have a good amount of endurance. That’s been one reason he has never lived up to his potential. He can’t last in matches that he gets pushed in. So, no chance for Dolgopolov if he gets into the 3rd round.


calmdownplease Says:

‘Rather rude about Liam. He has won boys’ doubles at Wimbledon and AO. He is not “unknown” in the UK.’

Huh?
I do hope this isn’t aimed at me……


calmdownplease Says:

as in I wasn’t whatsoever.
(to anyone rational, that is)


jalep Says:

That’s true about Dolgo, Dave. But he’s got a great approach to tennis and a positive attitude. When he’s on, he’s a joy to watch.

Bencic has a preternatural ability to know where the next shot is going and get there — I think her mind is her best weapon. Expecting this to be a close match – it was a hard choice between Bencic or Pironkova.


Dave Says:

I talked with Dolgopolov’s coaches. They were nice. He is a very fun player to watch for sure. I always enjoy watching him play.


Daniel Says:

2 matches and Fed hasn’t lost serve, hope he can keep this up a few more rounds and play himself into form.
Key for him os win fast, no more than 2 and a half hour matches. He has to save himsef for QF onwards where the fun really begins.

Agree that him and Djoko are favores vy weather now, as it looks like play will be finished by the day and some hasn’t even finish firat round I think.


J-Kath Says:

Jalep:

It’s for real. PS: He seems to need/want her. Her: She wants him to want what she wants for him…cor blimey, he was close to tears at the end, so looks like he wants it for himself. PPS: Don’t tell me if they separate.

Nole had a good match. He got a wee bit tested and came thru convincingly.

VP: Yes.


calmdownplease Says:

Oh J-Kath Darling!

Clearly You’ve been at those old Mills and Boon novels again
Phewoar!


Willow Says:

Fifty Shades Of Grey ;-)) ….


calmdownplease Says:

^^^ Yeah, I think you nailed it Willow :0)


Margot Says:

CDP @1.57
Not unless you are “staff” already.


jalep Says:

Gosh, Kath.
It’s almost too precious. Makes one want to protect them from the hazards and pain of life. I’ll hope it works out – and that’s a rare thing for me to feel in these cases. Dimitrov and Sharapova, uhg. Scherzinger and Dimitrov, oof. I’m neutral on models, beauty queens and tennis pro’s. Or female tennis players and famous hockey/basketball/soccer/golf stars. I like Novak and Jelena very much.

All the best to them Wills and his beautiful GF!

Hope you are doing well, JK.

Meanwhile Belinda did not disappoint in the first set but it’s not over! I’m a fan, a BB fan.


calmdownplease Says:

that’s a relief.
(as I couldn’t see who else had said it)
You actually read those piece at the top!?
You’ve too much time on your hands at the mo, darling ;0)


jalep Says:

Andy and Kim seems quite right, too.


calmdownplease Says:

‘cherzinger and Dimitrov’

Dimitrov is a tiresome attention seeking slut bomb
I might welcome his inevitable exit from the top 20
Although given his talent there’s still a bit of a pang there


Margot Says:

@CDP
It’s called skim reading honey. You should try it. Anyway, better than reading the “mines bigger than yours” stuff which seems to predominate on tennisx these days. Or the tiresome GOATY arguments which go round and round, and ditto the “weak era” cobblers.
Skim reading rocks.


jalep Says:

hahaha agree about Dimitrov. He’s got talent but having the attention span for making the most of that talent – I don’t think so. He’s too distracted by himself. He needs a miracle, dang it. Or maybe needs what you suggested that other thread needs :D


Margot Says:

jalep, BB is playing terrific tennis at the mo. My WTA bracket is about to crash and burn :(


jalep Says:

Amen, to that, Margot @ 2:48.


jalep Says:

Oh no did you pick Pironkova? Yikes.
Belinda isn’t flashy but she’s a force.


Travis Bickle Says:

Among the questions at Djoker’s press conference, there was a guy wanting no questions to ask. He simply showed to say this:

“I’ve been watching tennis for 60 years. I keep looking to find a weakness in your game. And, I can’t do it.
I’d like to say this: I think that you’re credit to the game, and I like how humble you are about records and giving respect to the sport. I am honored to know you!”

I’ll let you guess the name of the guy.
Hint: he is not journalist and typically does not attend press conferences…


Willow Says:

Yes indeed tennis going on, so stop the GOAT talk, and enjoy the tennis instead ….


Willow Says:

I did say dont expect nice weather when Wimbledon is on ! ….


Margot Says:

Lol Willow, driving rain all day, dark clouds, miserable temperatures…..why Summer and Wimbledon have arrived!


Willow Says:

And the Brits continuing to dispoint at Football :(( ….


El_matador Says:

‘brits continuing to disappoint at football’..are you serious??wales are having their greatest run..norther ireland and ROI have performed beyond expectations..the only disappointment is England,which is expected,no?


Travis Bickle Says:

@El_matador

Your expectations are too high, if you think she would know that Welshmen are Brits…


Willow Says:

EL-Matador true, i specified England, which is why i said continues to dissapoint ….


Willow Says:

Travis Bickle i know full well the Welsh are Brits, but im not actually from Wales, and i dont actually live in Wales, you silly little man ….


J-Kath Says:

Calmdownplease

Hiya there.

I’ve never read a “Boons & Mills”. I’m so ignorant. Please tell me what you think about them and I’ll rush out to the library tout suite….

Just to pull your heart-strings a bit more….there’s something so exciting about Wills & his girl-friend that captures me. Goodbye Andy & Kim.


Travis Bickle Says:

@Willow,

Please be respectful and don’t call me silly. I pointed to El_matador that he should lower his expectation about your knowledge of history, geography and in general. That much is obvious from your posting history here.
I stated the fact that points to your dumbness. Because if one doesn’t know that Welsh are Brits, and on top of everything lives on that very island, the only diagnosis is extreme lack of general education/dumbness. Nothing wrong with that, completely allowed to be dumb, I just pointed the facts.
And what is it about you claiming you “specified England” in your post above?!? No you didn’t, you are lying…
And, please refrain from personal insults from now on!!!


El_matador Says:

Willow,i know what you meant..it just feels so great to mock england(most overrated country in football) after their ex players and ‘pundits’ said that it was good to have a favourable ro16 draw against that tiny,little country:-)
Hail Iceland,Hail viking spirit!


Willow Says:

Please refrain from personal insults lol, well if that just aint the pot calling the kettle black, i really have heard it all now ….


Willow Says:

EL-Matador thankyou, a certain person as usual couldnt resist taking a pot shot at me though, as per usual, im from mixed ancestory anyway, dad was Viking ancestory, mum was Anglo saxon ….


MMT Says:

calmdownplease Says: “I might welcome his inevitable exit from the top 20″

It’s not inevitable – it’s already happened. He’s currently ranked 37th, and unseeded. Did I misunderstand you?


Humble Rafa Says:

EL-Matador thankyou, a certain person as usual couldnt resist taking a pot shot at me though, as per usual, im from mixed ancestory anyway, dad was Viking ancestory, mum was Anglo saxon

While I have been recovering from my many injuries, the forum has disintegrated into a kindergarten class. My only surprise is Skeeze is not part of this.


chrisford1 Says:

when you move into the pack of Open Era statistics leaders, and you are on a roll like Djokovic is, every match seems to bring some record or extend another.

Today, he got the Open Era record for consecutive wins at Slams, surpassing Laver on that record:

No1e 30

Laver 29

Federer 27

Sampras & Nadal 25

And if you go on subjective things like perceived intensity in the eyes and facial expression of a champion, the look on Djokovic was after winning his 2nd round match was raw, intense hunger for more. And more. And more.


Dan Martin Says:

I have my day 4 predictions up at http://tennisabides.com


Veka Says:

Djokovic also has 27 from 2011 to RG 2012


calmdownplease Says:

‘Skim reading rocks..’

it does indeed dear, or I would never read at all!


calmdownplease Says:

‘Anyway, better than reading the “mines bigger than yours” stuff which seems to predominate on tennisx these days. Or the tiresome GOATY arguments which go round and round, and ditto the “weak era” cobblers.’

AGREED AGREED AGREED AGREED
And, you know what?
If Andy were to nick this title from the ‘goat in waiting’ (lol) it would do A.LOT to restore order around here….


theDA Says:

What delightful person this Travis seems to be. Clearly a member of the #nolefam cult. No wonder Mat4 is so smitten with him. Birds of a feather :D

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