Djokovic Dominant, Murray Drama At Wimbledon; Federer v Gasquet
by Staff | June 30th, 2021, 6:20 pm
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Novak Djokovic looked the part of the favorite at Wimbledon, breezing past Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in a rematch of their 2018 final. The Serb committed a total of six unforced errors and never faced a break point in the destruction.

Djokovic is now 16-0 in Slams this year and has won his last 16 at Wimbledon where he has won the last two years.

“Obviously I’m in a high level of confidence,” Djokovic said. “But I was nervous coming into this match because I was playing a very good player, experienced player, whom I faced in the final three years ago.

“He’s a big server. He’s very dangerous opponent, especially in the early rounds.”

Djokovic now faces American qualifier Denis Kudla on Friday.

Andy Murray was on again in the evening and again the Scot was in a battle, this time with qualifier Oscar Otte. Murray got the opener and led with a break in the second but fell off his game as the powerful German got his serve going. A slip and fall created a moment of agony, but he continued.

With the roof shut and having recharged during the break, Murray stormed back to win in five sets 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in 3 hours, 51 minutes.

‘I enjoyed the end. The middle part not so much,” Murray said to the crowd. “What an atmosphere to play in at the end. The whole crowd was amazing but there were a few guys in there getting me fired up. I needed everyone’s help tonight.”

Murray, who has played nine sets of tennis, will now get Denis Shapovalov Friday evening. The Canadian will be well-rested after not hitting a ball today after Pablo Andujar withdrew due to a rib injury.

“I’m obviously tired and I fell over a couple of times,” said Murray on court. “Pretty slick courts but considering everything I feel alright. Hip feels good. I get a rest day tomorrow and hopefully come out on Friday and play in another atmosphere like this and perform well.”

Murray’s mates Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie also won.

Nick Kyrgios proved yet again there’s little need to practice or even play matches. In his first match since Australia, the entertaining Australia finished off Ugo Humbert for the second time in as many events in five sets 9-7 in the fifth.

“It wasn’t hard to get off the couch in Canberra, as Wimbledon is one of my favorite events,” said Kyrgios. “It was a long day yesterday with the rain and I ate so much food, thinking the match may be cancelled. I got home late last night. It’s very easy to get up for a match with a full crowd.”

Matteo Berrettini, Diego Schwartzman, Fabio Fognini, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov also advanced.

American men kept charging ahead. Frances Tiafoe backed up his win over Stefanos Tsitsipas with another straight set victory over Vasek Pospisil. Sebastian Korda kept winning beating qualifier Antoine Hoang and Sam Querrey, Marcos Giron, Kudla and Taylor Fritz also won. American big man John Isner, though, fell in five sets to the 5-foot-6 Yoshihito Nishioka in five sets.

On Friday, the second round concludes with Roger Federer taking on Richard Gasquet. Daniil Medvedev meets 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev and Berrettini are also on court.

THURSDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:30PM
1. Ashleigh Barty v Anna Blinkova
2. Elena Vesnina v Cori Gauff
3. Roger Federer v Richard Gasquet

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Alex Bolt v Cameron Norrie
2. Carlos Alcaraz v Daniil Medvedev
3. Victoria Azarenka v Sorana Cirstea

NO.2 COURT – 11:00AM
1. Tennys Sandgren v Alexander Zverev
2. Elina Svitolina v Magda Linette
3. Angelique Kerber v Sara Sorribes Tormo
4. Felix Auger-Aliassime v Mikael Ymer

NO.3 COURT – 11:00AM
1. Andrea Petkovic v Barbora Krejcikova
2. Matteo Berrettini v Botic Van De Zandschulp
3. Daria Kasatkina v Jelena Ostapenko
4. Gianluca Mager v Nick Kyrgios


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6 Comments for Djokovic Dominant, Murray Drama At Wimbledon; Federer v Gasquet

Andy Mira Says:

Hey hey hey JK!….Just wanna stop by for a moment & ‘high fiving’ with u about Andy’s positive perfomance in his first 2 rd!…

Hope he will keep surprising us!….Have a great day & week JK!🙋‍♀️


Telperion Says:

Federer against Gasquet will be a delightful battle of one-handed backhands.

Congrats to Andy! Very emotional match. Still, I thik he’ll have a hard time winning in 3rd round. He’s been struggling since 1st round. But maybe I’m wrong…


John Ben Says:

The outcome is way over my expectations. Good one!


J-Kath Says:

Andy Mira – “High Five” to you too. Not bad for someone being held together with metal. The way the crowd supported him was terrific – he was virtually orchestrating them.

Telperion: Yah, he’s had a few struggles but has it been much worse than most other players?


chrisford1 Says:

Gasquet v. Fed is like the perfect 2nd round opponent for Federer. Reee-chard! is talented and a grass vet so he gives Fed a test, but at a 19-2 H2H, he is always Fed’s patsy when it matters. You get a 1-hander backhand show with an almost certain outcome. If Gasquet ever tries surging, Fed just talks to him sternly in German and takes control of matters again.
Serious, real happy for Andy. A true “A True Struggle, Rise to become the best Brit player ever, rise to the Top over the 3 legends, Crash from the Heights Saga” [Part 1]
[Part 2 The Heroes Fall and Return]] is now underway and is also the Hero’s Twilight. The 4 years of injury again separated him from the big 3, widened the career achievement gulf between the guys. His fans hoped. And now Andy is in the best part of any great (warrior’s) comeback saga. The redemption part itself. Most unlikely he will rise to win much if any big titles, but many real fans won’t care about that.
They will, and hopefully Andy will know he showed his time away was clearly not from lack of desire, a lack of ability to play great tennis even at slightly less a player than he once was. He is simply showing his mettle at Wimbledon, a better writer than I might say, lest it be forgotten that Andy Murray’s chronic injuries derailed a great champion in his prime. And Murray dealt with it, and showed great courage and character as the champion he is. His call to return to the Tour, though he needs no fame or need for more money for his family to live well on…he knows he by playing has added more risk of future impairment, even being in a wheelchair but he has decided it is best for his life.

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J-Kath Says:

Chrisford 1: I rather liked your Andy metaphors. When you catch the expressions of his wife & Judy etc. they confirm your comments. Andy will never reach the high peak again but he has the crowd’s support – “Come On Andy”!!!! they shout and when they don’t he conducts them. So they shout louder and he’s re-energised…..etc. etc.


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