Wawrinka Exits in Shocker; Federer, Djokovic Up Tues. at Wimbledon

by Jeremy Davis | July 3rd, 2017, 5:58 pm

Russian 21-year-old Daniil Medvedev had his breakout moment on the opening day at Wimbledon on Monday, ousting a knee-addled No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to kick off the championships. Sorry, “The Championships.”
Medvedev was making his first Wimbledon main draw appearance, and was 0-2 at Slams entering the match.

“I have no words to describe this,” said the Russian who overpowered the multi-Slam winner. “I guess this memory will be with me forever…It’s a very strange feeling to go out there. It’s like you have a fear, you’re tight, but you want to show your best. You want to [beat] Stan Wawrinka on Centre Court so that people can know more about you. It was just something special. I don’t know how to explain it.”

Medvedev will next face qualifier Ruben Bemelmans.

Also on the upset tip were France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert who advanced when No. 20 seed Nick Kyrgios retired trailing 6-3, 6-4; Brit Aljaz Bedene who out-served No. 21 Ivo Karlovic 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 6-7(7), 7-6(7), 8-6; and South African Kevin Anderson who doused No. 31 Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(8), 6-3.

“I kind of knew I was in trouble,” Kyrgios said of his retirement. “I have been feeling my hip ever since I fell over at Queen’s. I never got it right. I was doing everything I could to help it, but just not enough time. I thought I could win. Obviously, probably not against him, but some opponents if I played them today, I probably still could have won. I could feel it a lot. It was hindering my performance a lot.”

Other Top 10 players in action all cruised in straight sets as No. 1 Andy Murray beat Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, No. 4 Rafael Nadal rolled Aussie John Millman 6-1, 6-3, 6-2, No. 7 Marin Cilic who topped German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, and No. 9 Kei Nishikori who routed Italian Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.

“I was a bit nervous this morning,” said the defending champion Murray, who will next meet the net-rushing Dustin Brown. “I hadn’t been able to do as much as I would have liked in the build up. I didn’t know the guy I was playing. Obviously, first match at a slam, there’s always a few extra nerves. Once I got out there and got the early break, saved a couple of break points in my first service game, I felt good. I moved well. So, for a first match, considering how I was feeling five, six days ago, it was really positive.”

Nadal recorded his first grasscourt win in two years.

“I [am] happy because I didn’t win a lot of matches the last couple of years here in Wimbledon,” the Spaniard said. “Today I win one, and I am looking forward to play the second one.”

He will next meet American Donald Young.

Lower-seeded winners Monday were No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 14 Lucas Pouille who needed a fourth-set tiebreak to beat Malek Jaziri, No. 16 Gilles Muller, No. 18 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 24 Sam Querrey, No. 26 Steve Johnson, No. 28 Fabio Fognini, and No. 30 Karen Khachanov who beat Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2 in the fifth.

Bemelmans ruined former world No. 2 Tommy Haas’ last Wimbledon, beating the German 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Matches to look out for on Tuesday are (2) Novak Djokovic vs. Martin Klizan, (3) Roger Federer vs. Alexandr “The Dog” Dolgopolov, (8) Dominic Thiem vs. Vasek Pospisil, (29) Juan Martin del Potro vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis, (22) Richard Gasquet vs. David Ferrer, and (23) John Isner vs. (Q) Taylor Fritz in an all-American burger.

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28 Comments for Wawrinka Exits in Shocker; Federer, Djokovic Up Tues. at Wimbledon

Humble Rafa Says:

Does the milkman have a brother I can play next round. Milkman seemed line a nice guy.

Humble Rafa Says:

Didn’t this kid get kicked out once for questioning an umpire’s race?

Van orten Says:

Hahaha humble u like the milkman now don’t you ???

RZ Says:

HR, that’s what I read. Also, John Millman does seem like a nice guy.

Tony N Says:

Marat Safin: “I knew already that he was going to be the one. I had no doubt about it because I played against Sampras, [Andre] Agassi, a lot of players, and I realised he is the most complete of all. Agassi wasn’t complete. He had the baseline [game] but he didn’t have certain weapons to become a more complete player. Sampras also was incomplete, even though he was No 1 for a very long time. Roger could play on all surfaces, from the baseline, volley or chip and charge. He had a whole range of weapons in his arsenal. The rest of the players, [Pat] Rafter, [Pat] Cash, [Goran] Ivanisevic, [Lleyton] Hewitt, me … nobody was as complete as Roger”… Safin, who is only 18 months older but retired in 2009, offers a simple explanation as to how Federer has outlasted so many of his rivals: “Roger was smart, and we were not so smart like him.”

gonzalowski Says:

Feliciano, on Murray:
“Of all that I have faced, Andy Murray is the one that costs me the most, on grass. First, by the way he has to rest. Together with Novak, he does the best. And then, because he is very skillful. My way of playing is not very common today. Many tennis players are a bit uncomfortable with the low ball, with the slice. But Andy knows how to play the game very well. He also has very good cut shots.”

“At 18 years old, I thought, ‘I should play a more aggressive tennis, be braver, get on the net’ It wasn’t until 2011 I decided that; And I did well”

chrisford1 Says:

Where Nada is in the obliteration of John Millman, according to Rafa, no?

“I played with passion. I played with determination on what I wanted.
“I could do things better, yes, but not too many.”

Pretty simple. Nadal is still feeling it, big time, after the FO.

madmax Says:

A shocker for Stan. Disappointing too. The one slam that eludes him.

More practise needed. Not easy when you transition.

el_matador Says:

good start for delpo in his match..in other news,ferrer is taking the insult of being unseeded in a slam very seriously..up a set and a break against gasquet..more surprising as grass is ferrer’s worst and gasquet’s best surface

madmax Says:

Federer v the dog, unpredictable tactician – under rated Dolgopolov. Fed will be kept on his toes, but I do fully expect him to come through. Will be an interesting fun match!

Independent thread Sean?

Humble Rafa Says:

Independent thread Sean?
–Why? Is it a special match?

Humble Rafa Says:

Tennis at “Tournament for Cows” is odd. It is not real tennis. It is very predictable.

Truth Says:

Safin admitted he was slow minded and physically less talented, but he was ok enough to reach #1, like that powerless Hewitt.
Of course, they were nowhere near top 5 talent in 2008-2009.
Fedal fans claimed Fed was crippled on grass and hardcourt in 2008 then suddenly stopped being crippled in August 2008.

el_matador Says:

good win for delpo..his next match is against supremely talented pothead rockstar gulbis..should be a great match

Daniel Says:

Wawa lost last 2 matches (both on grass), maybe is the injury.

Delpo final game was insane, glad he came through.

Daniel Says:

Klizan injured. Mini practice for Djoko who is through, 1 round away from DelPo 3rd.

Navdeep Says:

klizan retired. Novak through

Humble Rafa Says:

Some times you wonder if the lady mental midget, Jankovic is a midget for real. Then she proves herself. It must feel good.

steve-o Says:

Dolgopolov also retires due to injury, and Federer advances to the 2nd round after playing a set and change. That’s the fifth retirement on the men’s side in two days.

squirrel Says:

yeah, two retirements from centre court, what a shame. they should really start imposing some kind of rule against this. if a player knows he or she is injured, why still enter the tournament? yes of course, the 35,000£….

Truth Says:

People still talk about how dangerous Dolgo is? He’s really old. He should’ve at least played many Slam semis for the last 10 years.

Every tournament is easy but fed is whining about old age.
Fed just happened to lose in most easy matches. GOAT of goats.

steve-o Says:

if a player knows he or she is injured, why still enter the tournament?

I think it’s a reflection of the tremendous financial pressures most players are operating under, rather than a lack of ethics.

Tennis is an enormously difficult profession. Lots of work for meager financial reward. Unless you’re one of the top stars, you are living hand to mouth. There’s many expenses (travel, coach, lodging, nutritionist, etc.) and the money one earns from tournament wins doesn’t begin to cover them.

Because of that it’s very hard to walk away from 35,000£. However unethical it may be to play a match knowing you will not finish, the fact is that most players will literally not be able to afford turning down such a big payday. That’s enough money to fund your travel expenses for months or pay a coach.

This kind of thing is a sign that the sport needs to distribute the profits more equitably.

Humble Rafa Says:

This kind of thing is a sign that the sport needs to distribute the profits more equitably.

These guys want to wear white. They get a chance in no other tournament.

Daniel Says:

The retirements are good for the grass, the least match played on centrr court and the fastest the matches are, the better for the grass and second week. So in a way, this firt round matches, where almost 99% of the the top dogs go through is more for fans and tickets price.

For what I ciuld see, both Fed and Djoko looks on form.

Navdeep Says:

I think Federer n djokovic played a practice match at centre court after Dolgopolov’s retirement

t4t Says:

I must say I was puzzled when after the draw was out,analysts claimed Federer had a tough first round against tricky Dolgopolov. Dolgopolov had suffered a very scary ankle injury two weeks ago but there seems to be a conspiracy of silence about it. In fact so bad did it look that I had thought he might withdraw. But as other posters have pointed out, there was the small matter of 35000 pounds.
But how could anyone claim Federer had a difficult first round against a badly injured opponent? Could the analysts be unaware or was there some other reason?

Truth Says:

“Analysts” have to say Fed was struggling with wear and tear to keep their jobs…
plus they are Fed fan sycophants.
No other player was supposed to struggle badly with real mental & physical illness, injury and viruses because Fed floons were scared that Fed was called lucky. Therefore, damaging “Fed’s unique legacy”.
Look at what the media and Fed did to the “opponents” of 2003-2008.
Fed worshippers’ lies and propaganda literally killed careers.
Insults and lies helped gift Fed the 2008 US Open title. They almost demolished Djoker’s career.

squirrel Says:


Yes, you’re right. These players have lots of costs and that 35,000£ is very hard to say no to. Then, I think Djokovic is right in saying that Slams should guarantee that money to those who make the draw, so that lucky loser could replace them in case of injury.

Thank for enlighting me on the subject.

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