Djokovic Dominant Again At Wimbledon, Opelka Authors Wawrinka Upset; Nadal v Kyrgios Thurs.
by Staff | July 3rd, 2019, 5:46 pm
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It was another easy afternoon for Novak Djokovic who destroyed an overmatched Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the Wimbledon third round.

“Consistency was one of the keys and focus points of my Grand Slam career going back 10 years,” Djokovic said. “I always aim to play my best in Grand Slams. The quality of tennis that I produce in the Slams is pretty high. That’s what allows me to have the results like this.

“That’s the only explanation I can think of. I don’t think there is anything particular about Wimbledon or any other Slam. It’s just that I try to really prepare myself and aim to peak at the Slams, whatever the surface is. These are the major events of our sport.”

The Serb has now won his last nine matches at Wimbledon and 28 of his last 29 overall in Slams. Up next will be Pol Hubert Hurkacz.

Djokovic’s victim in the final last year, Kevin Anderson, also advanced by Novak’s countryman Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4. Off an elbow injury that kept him off the clay, Anderson hasn’t been broken in 34 service games while whacking 40 aces.

“It’s definitely getting better,” Anderson said of his elbow issue. “I think it’s a process, but having played four sets today and feeling really good and a match a few days ago, that’s a very positive sign for me today.

“I thought I served well throughout, not getting broken. I did a great job on my serve games. Of course I’m really pleased with how my body held up. That’s the most important thing right now for me. Obviously the more I can keep playing matches, the better it will be.”

Argentine Guido Pella is next. He beat Andreas Seppi in five.

It was a mixed day for the giants.

American 21-year-old scored his biggest career win in a Slam stunning Stan Wawrinka in five sets 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6. Wawrinka, who never has made the Wimbledon semifinals, had break chances early in the fourth but failed to convert. The 6-foot-11 Opelka cracked through breaking Wawrinka at 15 to take the match.

Italian little man Thomas Fabbiano made a return trip to the third round eliminating towering 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic in five sets.

Kyle Edmund was dumped by Fernando Verdasco in five sets 4-6, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-4. Edmund was in control of the match up two sets and 3-0. Moments later he slipped hyper-extending his right leg. Edmund kept playing after treatment, but wasn’t the same as the Spaniard won his third over Edmund.

Russian big men Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov both advanced. Khachanov ended the run of Queen’s champion Feliciano Lopez.

And a pair of Canadians were also winners. Former finalist Milos Raonic return to the third round and 18-year-old won in four over Corentin Moutet to make his first Slam 32.

“He’s improved a lot. I played him last year in the Lyon Challenger, I won 6-2, 6-2. I felt this is a completely different player. I felt like I could have been more aggressive on my side, but I felt like just playing normal,” Auger-Aliassime said. “He was holding the ball well and moving it around and being very aggressive. Any time he had the chance, he came in quite a lot.

“In the end, I was able to maybe serve a little better and find a way to victory. That’s positive.”

It’s a huge day Thursday with Roger Federer returning to face Brit Jay Clarke. Sam Querrey collides Andrey Rublev, Marcos Baghdatis tries to keep his pro career going against Matteo Berrettini. Andy Murray also makes his return to Grand Slam play but in doubles.

In the headline match, Rafael Nadal resumes his rivalry with Nick Kyrgios. The two are tied 3-3 in their head-to-head with the Australian taking their first and last meeting.

“He’s one of the greatest tennis players of all time. I go into that match as an unbelievable underdog. I know if I play the right type of tennis, I can have success against him,” said Kyrgios. “I have to come with the right attitude and be willing to fight. If not, it’s going to be butter for him.”

THURSDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Kei Nishikori v Cameron Norrie
2. Katerina Siniakova v Johanna Konta
3. Nick Kyrgios v Rafael Nadal

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Kristina Mladenovic v Petra Kvitova
2. Jay Clarke v Roger Federer
3. Serena Williams v Kaja Juvan


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75 Comments for Djokovic Dominant Again At Wimbledon, Opelka Authors Wawrinka Upset; Nadal v Kyrgios Thurs.

Wog Boy Says:

Watching last night Opelka trying to sit in his chair (comfortably) between the games was like watching Gulliver in the land of the Lilliputians.

Organisers should consider bringing him higher (wider) chair, I mean, his knees are almost at the level of his chin;)

As for his tennis, there is much more than serve in his game, my only problem is his size, just looks awkward on the tennis court.


Wog Boy Says:

“It’s a huge day Thursday with Roger Federer returning to face Brit Jay Clarke.”

Staff, you cannot be serious? Huge day?


skeezer Says:

Bigger day than facing Kudla.


David Quant Says:

Kudla is way better than Clarke his career high ranking is over 100 spots higher and Clarke has 1 career win on the atptour going into Wimbledon.


Dave Says:

Kudla is way better than Clarke. He has a Career high ranking over 100 spots higher and Clarke had 1 Career ATPTour win going into Wimbledon.


Wog Boy Says:

“Bigger day than facing Kudla.”

Let me simplify for self proclaimed “knowledgeable” tennis fan:

Denis Kudla, 49 ATP wins, currently #111, highest ranking #53, everyone heard about him.

Jay Clark, 1 (ONE) ATP win, current (highest) ranking #158, nobody heard about him before.

Should we compare first round opponents?


Wog Boy Says:

Dave, you are too quick, you beat me.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What a draw for Rafa: Kyrgios, Tsonga and Cilic in 2nd, 3rd and 4th. He’ll be battle ready if he makes the second week.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

HAHAHA!!

Anyways, he is home before midnight.

excerpt from “Golden Boy,the life and times of Lew Hoad”

“Towards the end of the tournament there occurred an incident, typical of Lew, but now talked about with awe in tennis circles. Having been detained on the eve of the final by a
doubles match, Lew and Jenny went for a late dinner at a quiet little bistro. After some time a waiter approached with a bottle of vodka, which he indicated was a present from two Russian “diplomats” sitting at a nearby table. Russia was about to break into the world tennis scene and had been carefully scouting the major tournaments to get a feel for thing.
Lew and Jenny joined the Russians and, to cement their new friendship, decided to go back to the Russians apartment for some more drinks.

At six o´clock the following morning, Lew and Jenny returned to their hotel and Lew slumped on the bed. As the room began to spin round, he announced with evident surprise, “****, I´m drunk”
– which Jenny regarded as the understatement of the tour so far. There were only eight hours to the final; Lew got up, donned his track suit and ran several miles to the Roland Garros courts to try to clear his head, and get some much needed practice.

Luckily he came across a young Rod Laver, also looking for an early work-out,and the two set about trying to get Lew sober on an outside court.
Pale-faced, and with sweat coming out of every pore, Lew then put down a hefty breakfast – which immediately returned. More work on court with Rod – then a second breakfast.
With two breakfasts down and one up, Lew fell asleep on a bench in the locker room. That afternoon, in blazing heat and before a packed Paris centre court, he beat his opponent who, once again, was Sven Davidson, 6-4, 8-6, 6-1 – at one point hitting six winners in a row and taking five successive games in eleven minutes.”


j-kath Says:

I’ve never heard of Jay Clark? I’ll have to look him up. Who knows – a player has to start somewhere.

As for Kyrios vs Rafa – the latter should watch out – If Nick suddenly gets it into his head that he’s going to take Rafa out, he just might succeed. Fingers crossed for A-M & co.


Andy Mira Says:

JK….You’re not the only one who never heard of Jay Clarke,Brayden Schnur,Dominik Koepfer,Paul Jubb(also British),Lloyd George Harris…i did a Bracket picks every single weeks..and yet,this is the 1st time i heard of their name too!

Btw..thanks for the ‘well wishes’ JK!…hahaha…we need that…But….insyaallah Rafa will win this time…at Wimby 14,Rafa was not in good health ..with back injury he suffered at AO that year..and his usual knee problem when play on grass…and Rafa admitted,for the last couple of years,his knees was in much better shape when he play at Wimby(thank u for the hot weather that makes ball bouncing higher than usual)…so…insyaallah Rafa for the win!!….Wooohooo!!


skeezer Says:

TV,
Great story😂thanks!
Am sure there are more stories around like that of old, So is Kyrgios that bad? We live in a much different world now. Having fun in life is not allowed.


skeezer Says:

“Should we compare first round opponents?”
No,It gets better. 3rd rd opponents Hurkacz: 0 Atp titles. Djoker opponents get easier as he goes on, lol
#cupcake


Daniel Says:

Cilic a break down third set 0-2 down. Could lose in straight sets to Sousa.

Kirgios is unpredictable, could be a wash out so there will be Tsonga (who won 1st set)/ Maybe Nadal path won’t be that tough after all. All 3 had injured issues recently.

Fed not that great today, shanking a lot of shots, don’t know if courts already playing uneven. But he should be sailing already and is down 4-5 serve 2nd set.


skeezer Says:

Yeah Fed seems to have problems with players he hasn’t faced before nowadays, Hopefully like the last opponent he’ll figure it out.


Dave Says:

Comparing first round opponents would be even worse. P.K. vs Harris. Not even close.


FedExpress Says:

Wimbledon courts are a disgrace nowadays. How slow will they make them?

Basically green clay


Daniel Says:

Cilic out in straights. Every day a big name or top player falls. Tsonga 2-0 up. If Nadal pass Kyrgios and Tsonga his 4th round will be easy: Sousa or Evans, but may get Querrey QF if he keeps winning, if not Simon or Millman.


Daniel Says:

5-2 tiebreak, he should win this set now and serve 1st third.


skeezer Says:

FE,
Agreed. Awfully slow!


j-kath Says:

I was so bored with the Jay Clark vs Fed I switched over – then had a peep- was surprised Jay had apparently given a reasonable account of himself in 2nd set. But am still bored mostly because of that Andrew Castle talking without non stop as if what he says is more important than the players.

Hurri up Rafa & Kyrgios.


rajesh Says:

Ahh cilic out 😢 was my sf pic


jatin Says:

Fed cruised in the end. Overall Good match from him.
Very excited for Rafa vs kyrgios.
I really like the carefree attitude of nick. Make him so much different than other player’s and very dangerous at the same time.


Van Persie Says:

“Monk” vs. “Despicable Me” on Centre Court. 🙂


jatin Says:

Rafa in ruthless mode.
Nick already furious on Umpire
Gonna be a long day.


skeezer Says:

Rafa, as a receiver, makes the server wait. It is the servers right to make the pace when serving. This is what Krygios was arguing. Rafa makes the pace when serving, and likes to dictate when receiving. Wrong.
Krygios is not over hangover…


RZ Says:

Haha VP. Good one!


jatin Says:

Nick just hit 143 MPH second serve. LOL


jatin Says:

UNDERARM serve… Man


jatin Says:

Rafa is playing so agressive.
Wins the 1st
6-3


Freddy Says:

Nadal is a joke. Taking a bathroom break now. LOL!


jatin Says:

What a game by Kyrgios. WoW.


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios seems in the match now 3-0 second ser after saving those Bps. You see he doesn’t like Nadal and get p&@& die to the time waste and not getting ready to receive.

Also nadla doesn’t want to lose to him at all


jatin Says:

Nick using Underarm serve with efficiency.


skeezer Says:

@Daniel
A well known Rafa tactic. He tries to make players play at his pace win recieving which should not happen. Nick’s underhand serve imo is a way to combat that…..


Daniel Says:

Another underarm serve on Centre court. And he won both times LOL. Nadal must be pis$&$ tbe hell off

I think its a good strategy by Kyrgios. Make Nadal unconfortable. Pay the gamesmanship in the same coin😜


Daniel Says:

Bit Kyrgios is not that strong on serve. Nadal had chances in almost all his ganes this set. eventually broke back.

Let’s see if he he will have the head to keep his cool and maybe force a breaker. Of he loses this set is bye


jatin Says:

Kyrgios wins the set.


Freddy Says:

nadal getting booed for slow play. LOL!


Daniel Says:

If Kyrgios can keep confrming his serves fast with aces he can force breaker. But he will serve under pressure later this set. On tiebreak anything can happen and for a tigh tense match like this, third set tiebreak would be awesome


jatin Says:

This is getting too Intense.


Freddy Says:

Nadal going nuts with his fist pumps.


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios serving under pressure 4-5, 15-15


Daniel Says:

Thats why we need a tibereak, tension will be huge, specially if its set point swing for both sides.

I think Kyrgios needs this set the most, but last 2 times Nadal lost in Wimbledon (Muller 2017 and Djoko 2018) were in long five sets. So he won’t go down without a huge fight.


All out Says:

Nadal’s Achilles heel on grass has always been that ridiculous return position of his. Today, he will lose the match simply because he’s way too deep to even have a decent look at nick’s serve. He needs to stand closer to the baseline and play more aggressive but he won’t


Daniel Says:

Tiebreak it is!


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios missed a FH winner to get the mini break back. Nadal 6-5 and serve, 3rd SP


Daniel Says:

2-1 Nadal.

Kyrgios will serve 1st 4th set, unless he gest an early break don’t know if Kyrgios can force a fifth. There were no BPs in 3rd set, so they are more consistant on serve.


Freddy Says:

Nadal is showboating like a pig.


All out Says:

Rafa needs to break Kyrgios once this set. If it goes to 5 sets I don’t see Rafa breaking the Kyrgios serve. One break Rafa. Vamos!!!


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios 4-3 with no service games even going 40-40. Nadal serving under pressure now, any break and Kyrgios serve the set.

For Kyrgios it would be better to break when 5-4 or 6-5 up so he start serving 5th set. But he needs this set to stay alive so whatever way he wins, the best.


Daniel Says:

Nadal serving down 4-5 under pressure now.
Kyrgios more solid on his serve, he had a few chances in Nadal’s games trying some of his usual odd shots. He should try to hit more flat this game and come to the net.


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios done his part, at least tiebreak guarantee. Nadal to serve 5-6. One last push for Kyrgios. Needs to return and not miss easy shots.

At least match live up to the hype. And there is an almost 50-50% chance it will go to five. Kyrgios made aces in lats 2 games when it was 30-30, he will need a few in tiebreak to have a chance. If there is a time to serve big is there, specially for him with the 5th on his mind.


Kjb Says:

Couple silly points by Nick in both tiebreak are going to cost him.


jatin Says:

Very Entertaining match.
Nick delivered again.
Great win for Rafa.


Kjb Says:

Awesome match. Nadal served great.


Daniel Says:

Losing 2 straight tiebreaks with his serve on grass is a no win for him.

Tsonga next for Nadal


j-kath Says:

Oh my, Rafa vs. Kyrgios was by far the BEST match in tournament – really found it fascinating. Rafa was very professional and played stunningly – great that he won – but the incredible talent stored by Kyrgios is being abused by its owner -and yet, what can he do about it? he is who he is – there is a mental deficiency that may never be overcome – although some of his yapping to the Referee did have a degree of validity…..

But yes, Rafa deserved his win….he will walk all over Tsonga.
CHEERS to A-M and co.

PS: Andy + Herbert won their doubles this evening …


Giles Says:

https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/04/nick-kyrgios-refuses-apologise-hits-rafael-nadal-wimbledon-10117563/
This poor excuse for a man has some serious issues.
Wondering whether he has a complex about the colour of his skin. It’s possible. He definitely has a chip on his shoulder.


Wog Boy Says:

Woke up with a nice news, good on you Rafa, weirdo is out. I can see certain one fans were very invested in the match, I wonder why?;)
Looking forward to SF.


skeezer Says:

Glad a player is calling out Rafa finally for this stuff, even if it is Krygios. At least he is not afraid to speak his mind and the truth.
https://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/wimbledon/nick-kyrgios-fumes-in-wimbledon-grudge-match-against-rafael-nadal/news-story/


Andy Mira Says:

Thanks JK!….Alhamdulillah Rafa won!…It certainly will give him big boost & confidence to face multiple tough task ahead…Tho,he really needs to improve many areas of his game…poor at the net too….

Btw…really happyyyy for Andy!!…Hope his collaboration with PHH will take them deeper in this tournament!…C’mon Andy!!


Van Persie Says:

I was also glad, Rafa won.

Kyrgios is talented, but he is overrated: I actually think, he is more “gutsy” than talented. He likes to irritate the opponent with antics, unorthodox shots, etc. For the crowds, this can be entertaining, for sure.
If Kyrgios would commit more to tennis: with coach, proper trainings and so on, we would see fewer tricks and he would accomplish more. Of course, it is not easy to respect a routine, he was perhaps never educated in this direction.


Van Persie Says:

^^

we humans love miracles, since we are children we would like to use magic, to have things done easily, in flamboyant style.
In real life, “true miracles” are however achieved with hard work, discipline, routine…that’s why I cannot appreciate a guy like Kyrgios.


j-kath Says:

Van Persie: I’m not actually bothered whether Kyrios re-tunes his brain, sorts his “old-man’s bent back” and becomes a committed hard-working tennis player. He sprinkled his match vs. Rafa with gold dust as well as pure dung. It may not have been pure tennis, but it was fascinating. The result was appropriate: the true professional won because of hard work, discipline and his own brand of genius.


Van Persie Says:

J-K,

Kyrgios it what it is, and as long as he is happy, all good. His “brand” of tennis is a bit like the Ska punk in music, it is fun, but to hear it once in a while at a party, not too much, otherwise you might get fed up or insane :) He played a brilliant match and basta, no more of him :)


Giles Says:

Someone posting duff links!


Truth Says:

Ironic. One dimensional, overrated servebot and bad returning match with Nck and Nadal. Nick is still scared & doesn’t give a crap.

I’m not a Nick fan yet it’s pretty precious/rich that Nadal preaches about respecting people. Nadal can go back to bowing at Fed’s feet.

It’s hilarious that he tells Nick to wait seconds before serving and he acts like he’s so injured and never noticed other players‘ illness or injuries. The stupid journalists and commenters whine about underhand serving & hitting hard at net vs. Nadal instead of hitting a pretty shot back and letting Nadal bash winners. Moonball you til you’re too tired to win.


skeezer Says:

Giles- Here ya go;

https://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/wimbledon/nick-kyrgios-fumes-in-wimbledon-grudge-match-against-rafael-nadal/news-story/f969d070e6dde3c1f626cd8de243e529

Like I said, someone has the guts and the truth to call him(Rafa) out on this stuff.

And Y’all say what you want about Nick, but he attracts a crowd. He’s a talent. He entertains……….when he wants to :(

https://www.foxsports.com.au/tennis/wimbledon/tongues-wagging-after-bouchard-spotted-in-kyrgios-box/news-story/d942b59c2a8cfc132bea7d8a5d70acd5


Van Persie Says:

Yes Skeezer, Nick is entertaining, but I will be more entertained in the semis when Roger will meet Rafa 😁


Van Persie Says:

and yes, I saw Bouchard yesterday in Nick’s box. If he manages to have Sharapova in his box next time cheering for him, he will get my respect 😉


skeezer Says:

HA! 👍


Giles Says:

^^^ NK’s disgraceful behaviour did not earn him any respect. If anything he just proved how much of a low life he really is. I’m pretty sure Rafa’s delaying tactics were deliberate and rattled NK. Well done Rafa!


skeezer Says:

^^^^
“I’m pretty sure Rafa’s delaying tactics were deliberate and rattled NK. ”
LOL like Rafa does this stuff ALL the time, against all opponets. Where have you been?

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