Djokovic, Murray, Kvitova-Stephens Open Day 1 At Wimbledon
by Staff | June 27th, 2021, 12:47 am
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Per Wimbledon tradition, the men’s defending champion will open Centre Court play on Day 1 at Wimbledon, and that player is 5-time champion Novak Djokovic.

The streaking Serb who has won the last two Wimbledons and the last two Grand Slam events begins his title defense Monday against British teen Jack Draper.

“I honestly do not know too much about Draper,” Djokovic said. “I’ve seen him play a little bit in Queen’s, where he beat Sinner. I actually practiced with Sinner yesterday so I asked him a couple of questions about Draper’s game.

“I know he’s a lefty. I’ve seen him practice today a little bit. I have to do my homework, speak to more players, watch some of the videos of his most recent [matches] would probably be the best, most recent performances in Queen’s on grass.

“It can be very dangerous, very tricky playing against a home favorite, someone that doesn’t have much to lose, a guy who has beaten some really good players last week in Queen’s. I’m taking him very seriously.”

Djokovic is once again halfway to a Calendar Slam and seven match wins from tying Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on top of the all-time Grand Slam title leaderboard.

Two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray returns to the club for the first time since 2017. Murray meets the high-powered No. 24 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is in his first action since Paris against American Frances Tiafoe. Denis Shapovalov, Dan Evans, Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev, Marin Cilic and Gael Monfils are also on court in men’s top half action.

For the women, 2-time winner Petra Kvitova headlines against former US Open champion Sloane Stephens who played well at the French Open.

No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka begins against the tricky Monica Niculescu. 2020 French champion Iga Swiatek faces the upset-minded Su-Wei Hsieh.

Former champion Garbine Muguruza is also featured along with Karolina Pliskova, Madison Keys and Sofia Kenin.

Serena Williams, Ash Barty and Roger Federer will begin their 2021 Wimbledon on Tuesday.

WIMBLEDON MONDAY SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:30PM
1. Novak Djokovic v Jack Draper
2. Sloane Stephens v Petra Kvitova
3. Andy Murray v Nikoloz Basilashvili

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Monica Niculescu v Aryna Sabalenka
2. Stefanos Tsitsipas v Frances Tiafoe
3. Iga Swiatek v Su-Wei Hsieh

NO.2 COURT – 11:00AM
1. Fiona Ferro v Garbine Muguruza
2. Federico Delbonis v Andrey Rublev
3. Daniel Evans v Feliciano Lopez
4. Mihaela Buzarnescu v Venus Williams

NO.3 COURT – 11:00AM
1. Katie Swan v Madison Keys
2. Xinyu Wang v Sofia Kenin
3. Marco Cecchinato v Liam Broady
4. Denis Shapovalov v Philipp Kohlschreiber


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13 Comments for Djokovic, Murray, Kvitova-Stephens Open Day 1 At Wimbledon

Van Persie Says:

I really think Nole will reach Nr. 20 at this Wimbledon. Fed reached 20 on Nole’s surface (AO), Nole will do it on Roger’s turf :)


Van Persie Says:

Nice to see Andy back at Wimbledon, and doing well 🙂


Wog Boy Says:

This is what Tsitsi said on Sunday about Nole chasing Golden Slam:

“The younger generation, we are hungry and we want something similar. Obviously we want to stop him and we want to put a stop to that dream of his.”

Where is he now?


Van Persie Says:

WB,

🙂


chrisford1 Says:

For Tsitsipas, easier said than done.


J-Kath Says:

Van Persie
Andy Murray was surprisingly more than competent yesterday (metal hip notwithstanding). While I have no expectation that he will WIN Wimbledon again, it will be great to see how far he can go.Hopefully


Dave Says:

Andy will go far. He has a huge advantage now. All the players in his next few rounds will have no rest because of being on the outside courts. The winner in the shapovolov, Herbert section will be really tired by the time they get to Andy on Friday. They are delayed again today. Both long matches. 3 best of 5 set matches between Tuesday and Friday for them. Andy is probably getting to the 4th round minimum. He will have the crowd and schedule advantage.


J-Kath Says:

Dave: Andy’s next opponent is playing now (Tuesday- UK time 8.00pm) – So whoever wins will have reasonable rest before Friday. If there is a level of unfairness it’s because of the weather and not deliberate. Although, Andy did benefit thru playing on one of the two enclosed courts.


Dave Says:

J-Kath,

I’m not complaining about it. I want Andy to do well. You realize Andy’s opponent just won in a 5th set tie break 13-12 and has to play Andy tomorrow.. And Andújar played like 5 hours and won 8-6 in the 5th and Shapovolov won 6-4 in the 5th and they need to play each other again tomorrow. If they even get to play tomorrow because there are so many unfinished or not even started matches on the other side of the draw. So most likely they will need to play on Thursday and then play Andy on Friday.


Dave Says:

The grass won the match for Federer and lost the match for Serena. It’s very dangerous this year. And Novak said he doesn’t remember slipping that many times in a match. Something that could change the whole tournament this year.


J-Kath Says:

That’s OK Dave. The schedule is set before the tournament commences. The fact that a match can run to midnight – as Andy’s did is never taken into account —- as the saying goes “it’s the luck of the draw”…..Weather can also adversely affect matches and is the major factor that can result in players having to face what appears to be an unfair situation…..but it is the same across every tournament across the tennis world.

So what’s worrying about Wimbledon this year? It is VERY SLIPPY – John Isner has just gone down holding his leg – fortunately it doesn’t look as bad as what happened in one of the matches yesterday .


Dave Says:

You can throw the Murray advantage out the window now. Shapovolov got a walkover.


Van Persie Says:

J-K,

Watching Andy playing did send me 4-5 years in the past🙂.
He was really happy to win that match and I was glad for him.


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