Wimbledon Day 2 Preview
Day 1 of the tournament brought us the sudden rise of stan Wawrinka, who appeared to be back to playing some of his best tennis, beating 6th seed Grigor Dimitrov in four hard four sets to make the second round, and bring an early upset to the tournament.
Elsewhere, the other first round pick of the tournament, monfils displayed a mature performance to overcome 23rd seed and fellow Frenchmen Richard Gasquet.
Another shock came on court 12 as the weinner in Halle, and Federer’s victor, Borna Coric was taken out by fellow young gun Danill Medvedev. Coric was scheduled to play the Swiss superstar himself in rematch of the Halle final in the fourth round, but now only Federer has the possibility of making it this far, as he breezed though his first match against Serbian Dusan Lajovic. Should Federer make it that far, will another, more difficult Serb be waiting for revenge? Novak Djokovic gets his tournament under way tomorrow.
Djokovic vs Sangren
After Djokovic’s successful Queens Tournament just a week ago, the 12 times Grand Slam champion will be looking for big things in this tournament. His first round may well be more difficult than many are making it out to be. The aptly named Tennys Sandgren is capable of turning it on at the biggest of stages, shown in his performance at the Australian open back at the start of the year. In that tournament, sandgren took out Dominic Thiem and stan Wawrinka on his way to the quarter finals.
Someone who is capable of playing well at the biggest events is not the ideal player to play for Djokovic, especially in a potentially nervy opening round on the biggest court in the world. Djokovic, however, is adept at starting off grand slam tournaments with excellent tennis; he has not lost a first round since 2006. Sandgren is unlikely to change that tomorrow.
Prediction: Djokovic wins in 3 sets
Nadal vs Sela
How good is Nadal on grass? He is a two times Wimbledon champion, but he has not got to the quarter finals since 2011, where he reached the final. Since this, Nadal has been unlucky to meet a number of inspired opponents, such as Nick Kyrgios, Dustin Brown, and last year Giles Muller, who beat Nadal in the best match of the tournament 15-13 in the fifth set.
Looking at Nadal’s draw, he will be happy to see there are no obvious first week opponents that have the capability of pulling off yet another upset. This includes Dudi Sela, Nadal’s first opponent, who at 5’9 will be unlikely to blow the Spaniard off the court. Nadal holds a 2-0 lead in the rivalry and had little difficulty in these matches.
Nadal will be looking for a confident win in the one and will move onto more difficult challenges as the tournament progresses.
Prediction: Nadal wins in 3 sets.
Thiem vs Baghdatis
About 6 weeks ago, Thiem as being considered by most as the second most likely to win the French Open. What a difference a little time makes. Now, on the pristine courts of London, the brutality of the clay court season seems a world away, much like Thiem’s chances of lifting the trophy in this tournament in a few weeks’ time. Thiem is only 5-4 at Wimbledon, and has never made it past the fourth round here.
Strangely for a first round tournament involving a seeded player, the unseeded player has had more success at the tournament. In 2006, Marcos Baghdatis reached the semi-finals here, losing to a young Rafa Nadal. While the experience cannot be taken away from the Cypriot, it would appear that his tennis talents have diminished somewhat in the years since. Baghdatis has not had the best results over the last few years and seems to be playing for the joy of playing more than anything. This could make for an interesting match; the Cypriot has always loved a big crowd, which he will have on court 2.
Despite Not being Thiem’s favoured service, as this stage of their careers, there is a gulf in class between the two. Perhaps Baghdatis can ride the crowd for a little while at least, however. We can hope.
Prediction; Thiem wins In 4 sets.