New Look Federer Rolls In Wimbledon Opener, Dimitrov Upset By Wawrinka; Nadal, Djokovic Tues
by Staff | July 2nd, 2018, 6:10 pm
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All eyes were on Roger Federer as he walked out on Centre Court today to open play at Wimbledon. But not for the usual reason. For the first time, Federer didn’t wear the swoosh Nike logo, but instead had Uniqlo attire on, confirming the rumor the Swiss had signed on with the Japanese clothing manufacturer.

The new gear didn’t change the result as Federer rolled to a blowout 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Dusan Lajovic. It was Federer’s 8th straight win at Wimbledon and 8th straight in a Slam after he won Australia.

“[I'm] very happy. I felt good from the start, too, which was nice,” Federer said. “I felt right at home again, so it was a really nice feeling. Got the early break in each set and was able to bring it home.

“I was really able to enjoy the match out there because I got off to a good start. When you get off to a good start in set one and two, you’re able to just enjoy the moment more than when you’re struggling early on,” Federer said. “There is always pressure and nerves when you go into a first round.”

Federer will next face Slovak Lukas Lacko on Wednesday.

Federer’s old management teammate Grigor Dimitrov suffered another shock loss. The slumping Bulgarian was sent home by Federer’s countryman Stan Wawrinka 1-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(5), 6-4. Wawrinka had lost his last four matches to Dimitrov and grass was Grigor’s surface. But after dropping a quick first set, Wawrinka grabbed momentum with an early break in the second then held on for the breaker and ultimately the match.

“There’s no reason to panic or anything. I’m not that type of a person anyway. I’ll try to remain positive because I know that’s one of the toughest things, especially when you exit early in the tournament,” Dimitrov said. “You have to stay positive, simple as that. You can’t just go down on yourself.

“It’s hard for me to just accept losing, period,” Dimitrov added. “Especially at an event like this that I’ve done so well at in the past. I’ve beaten big names on that Centre Court, played tough matches against big players. It’s kind of at the same time a tough pill to swallow. Again, in order to get to the trophy, you need to win seven matches.”

The last two men to finish runner-up were in good form. Queen’s winner Marin Cilic picked apart Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

“Luckily I opened really nicely and got a double break in the first set,” said Cilic. “Yoshihito, later in the second and third, showed good tennis. He was very solid… so he made me work.

“But I felt quite confident in my serving. I served really well. Didn’t have too much trouble during the match and I am definitely extremely happy with that.”

And Milos Raonic shook off injuries of the last month to cruise past Brit Liam Broady 7-5, 6-0, 6-1.

Gael Monfils won in three over countryman and 2-time Wimbledon semifinalist Richard Gasquet. Americans John Isner, Ryan Harrison, Jared Donaldson and 2017 semifinalist Sam Querrey were straight set winners while Steve Johnson came from 2-sets down but couldn’t keep it going losing to Belgian qualifying king Ruben Bemelmens 8-6 in the fifth.

“For some reason, I don’t know if it’s visual or what, but I seem to serve better on the grass,” said Querrey. “Maybe on second serves, I might go a little more into the body because the ball skids a little bit compared to the other surfaces. But strategy-wise, I don’t mix it up on the grass.

“If my first serve goes in on grass it’s going to be harder for someone to time it and get it into the court. That’s the biggest difference. You get more free points — not necessarily aces, but balls that aren’t coming back in.”

In mild surprise of the day, a year after shocking Stan Wawrinka in the first round, Daniil Medvedev upset Halle champion Borna Coric 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-2.

“He was the much better player today,” Coric lamented. “I had a set point in the first set. I thought maybe if I get that first set, it could turn around a little bit. But then after that, my level just really dropped. He started to play much better… [in the] second and the third set he was the better player, by far.”

Coric was seeded to meet Federer in the fourth round. That’s good news for Roger who lost to the Croat in Halle and dropped a set to him at Indian Wells.

Lucas Pouille, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Kevin Anderson were also winner on a warm first day.

On Tuesday, World No. 1 and 2-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal returns to take on Dudi Sela who upset John Isner a year ago. Three-time winner Novak Djokovic opens play against Australian Open surprise Tennys Sandgren and French Open semifinal Juan Martin del Potro matches up with Peter Gojowczyk.

British No. 1 Kyle Edmund, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev and Denis Shapovalov are also in action. The Canadian Shapovalov meets Jeremy Chardy.

TUESDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Garbine Muguruza v Naomi Broady
2. Dudi Sela v Rafael Nadal
3. Simona Halep v Kurumi Nara

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Kyle Edmund v Alex Bolt
2. Aliaksandra Sasnovich v Petra Kvitova
3. Tennys Sandgren v Novak Djokovic

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
1. Johanna Konta v Natalia Vikhlyantseva
2. James Duckworth v Alexander Zverev
3. Dominic Thiem v Marcos Baghdatis
4. Vitalia Diatchenko v Maria Sharapova


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50 Comments for New Look Federer Rolls In Wimbledon Opener, Dimitrov Upset By Wawrinka; Nadal, Djokovic Tues

Humble Rafa Says:

I am firing everyone only pays me $10 million per year. I deserve better and I know it.


chofer Says:

According to this site, there’s no players in the top 10.

I’m afraid the ones are playin are all holograms and we’re being cheated.


Willow Says:

Chofer lol ….


Madmax Says:

Giles,

You are completely obsessed with Roger. You really are.
I guess I can understand that though, he has the same effect on me! It was probably his new sponsor who asked for this, what do you think Giles?

“Raf, you gotta stop outfitting like you are about to do a photo shoot for International Male. We all know the baggy look is out, and everything from slim ties to skinny jeans are in, but you, my dude, are taking it too far.”

http://www.espn.com/espn/page2/index/_/id/5339575

Are you enjoying the tournament so far Giles? What are you best moments?


el_matador Says:

well played delpo..but the nxt round vs deliciano will be a much,much tougher assignment..vamos!!


el_matador Says:

looking forward to thiem-baghdatis & chardy-shapovalov ton8


j-kath Says:

Any UK-ites watching wee Jay Clarke vs Gulbis? Jay is 19
and what a lovely character he is…he has taken one set – will probably lose but is certainly a player to watch out for in the future.


Willow Says:

J-Kath im watching the match on the BBC red buton, Gulbis is a bit of a headcase so anything can happen ….


el_matador Says:

gulbis is the best headcase in atp(even kyrgios doesn’t come close)..when he wants to play,he can play..he even talked openly in favour of the legalization of pot..I love this guy😂😂


Okiegal Says:

@Giles 5:22…….You never disappoint! I’m so glad you are keeping up with Fashionista Fed! 😂😂


RZ Says:

J-Kath, haven’t been watching but will say based purely on scores, win or lose, the Brits have done MUCH better this year than in previous years. Looks like those who lost made it competitive.


j-kath Says:

RZ: Jay took 2 sets and just lost when Gulbis decided to win.
Willow and el_matador: Yep, plus I think the Italian, Fabio Fognini is in the “headcase”contest too.

Willow: Is Rafa on centre court?


j-kath Says:

Willow: Located Rafa – centre court, naturally – a lot of talk got me confused.


Giles Says:

Oki. Lol. Someone has to. This is all compelling stuff.


Okiegal Says:

@Giles……👍👍💪💪🤠🤠


el_matador Says:

yep j-kath,fognini is a worthy headcase contender too👌


Margot Says:

Baggy taking it to Thiem at the mo. Took first set.


Willow Says:

J-Kath sorry for the late reply yeah Rafa on CC ….


j-kath Says:

Willow:
Found it 5 minutes after asking…..other thread.
But my goodness – that wasn’t human….can anybody beat that performance? Has he always played that well on grass?


Willow Says:

J-Kath well i hope he keeps it up, any idea who he plays next ?


gonzalowski Says:

Japanese Daniel took a set from Foggy, but it seems he will win.
Goffin muy.


Margot Says:

Thiem seems injured. Looks as if he’s going out :(


RZ Says:

Commentators saying that Thiem is injured. :-(


Willow Says:

Thiem just retired ….


RZ Says:

Yep, Thiem just retired from the match.


RZ Says:

And I almost picked Baggy to win that one in both my brackets since he’s a good grasscourt player, but assumed he was “over the hill” so I stayed with Thiem.


j-kath Says:

Willow:

Rafa next meets Michail Kukushin (Kaz.) who defeated the Canadian Pospisil today.


j-kath Says:

The Umpire at Novak’s match looks like Novak – for a crisp moment wondered what Novak was doing….


j-kath Says:

Novak got 1st set. But to me he looked weary. He’ll probably win this particular match – but still a bit to go to achieve his previous level.

You watching Van Persie?
Where’s the rest of Novak’s fans?


Willow Says:

Cheers J-Kath ….


Margot Says:

C’mon Nole! Anyone called “Tennys” is just asking for trouble.


Van Persie Says:

Am watching JK, agree, Nole not at his best. He can play better. Do not expect him to win the tournament. But, the good news for him is: no one in is looking brilliantly at this Wimbly so far. Maybe, except Cilic.
Still 1st round, which is not yet very relevant


Amit Says:

Nike sounds and looks just so much hetter than this weird uniqlo..😞😞😞


Margot Says:

VP: I thought Nole did really well TBH. But he seemed exasperated with himself at times and oddly lacking in confidence. He’s not behaving like a multiple GS Champ. Needs his mojo back.


Margot Says:

VP, following on from what you said, watching young Shap at the mo., and he IS looking fabulous. Hope he can keep it up. Has taken to grass like a duck to water.


Willow Says:

Novak won in straight sets i saw no problems for him ….


Margot Says:

Ooh Denis…stealing my heart……


j-kath Says:

VP: Noel looked better at Queen’s…but maybe he had such an odd opponent today that it was difficult to tell.
He got thru the match without difficulty but his opponent was clearly out of his league.

So far, the one player that has stood out for me is Rafa – I was honestly surprised at his performance..especially as grass is supposedly his least best surface.


Daniel Says:

J-Kath,

But Dudi Sela is the weakest grass opponnet any big name got so far. No power, no serve, no nothing. So is easier to look good.

Djoko got the easiet score (losing only 6 games) agaisnt a player who has a decent serve, so to me his result is most impreesive, Fedal both lost 8 games.

Lajovic is ranked #58, Sandgreen #57 and Sela #127 so…


Daniel Says:

Masha out in a long match! Too bad, always interesting to have her going deep.


Madmax Says:

Great match from Rafa. He was hitting that ball like it was red hot.

He is in it to win it!


RZ Says:

I swear, cheering for the England World Cup team is as much of a roller coaster as cheering for Andy Murray. I’m exhausted!


Willow Says:

RZ yes indeed that penalty shoot out was very tense to say the least lol ….


j-kath Says:

Daniel: I can only judge the matches by the prowess of the two big players…both Rafa and Nole beat their opponents thoroughly and Rafa on this occasion impressed me most. Nole played better previously than he did today even though his opponent was less convincing. I note the rankings of the opposition players but seriously it is a guide at the best as quite often match-ups can dictate outcomes. (PS: I would have liked to see the Fed match – but was away most of the day – so don’t have a solid basis to consider it in the mix od this chat).


Amit Says:

I love british and german football teams since ever! Good going for Britain! My fave apart from Germany! 😍😍😍⚽⚽⚽


j-kath Says:

Amit: When it comes to team sport, the countries of the UK/NI split into nations…it’s the English football team who are up there playing superbly and passionately – and football fans across the UK are delighted.


Margot Says:

Indeed Kath, even us on the sidelines.

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