Djokovic and Federer Win First Round Matches at Wimbledon

Before I continue with my post I just want to correct something from my previous post where I said that if Djokovic wins Wimbledon he will become the first man to win five consecutive slams. That is incorrect.

He will become the first man in the open era to do so if he does it because Don Budge won six consecutive slams in the amateur era from 1937-1938. It’s a minor detail but worth mentioning I thought.

Djokovic is currently on a historic run and every match he wins is more history. Today he defeated local player Ward 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-4 after leading 6-0, 3-0. It was a blistering start from the two-time defending champion but as soon as Ward got on the board he started playing with much more self-belief.

At 6-0, 3-0 the triple bagel looked possible but Ward won three consecutive games to level at 3-3. He even had a couple of break points at 5-5 on Djokovic’s serve but couldn’t convert. Djokovic all of a sudden looked vulnerable.

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It just goes to show how quickly things can change in tennis. If Ward converts a breakpoint there and wins the second set all of a sudden we have a match. But one of the main reasons Djokovic is as good as he is is his mental fortitude.

He saves the breakpoints and played a safe tiebreak to win it 7-3. In the third set, he got the break in the third game and from there on it was just a question of holding on to serve for the straight-set win.

In the end, even though it turned out to be a much tougher match than was expected halfway through it was a satisfactory performance and good start to his title defense. With Djokovic, the early rounds in slam don’t reveal much anyway.

Djokovic next plays Mannarino who is a talented French player and interestingly they have never played each other before. You would think Mannarino lacks the weapons to hurt Djokovic though.

  • Federer Shakes Off Some More Rust Against Pella

Federer had a tougher time of it against lefty Pella but eventually prevailed 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-3. He should have gotten breaks in the first and second sets but the important thing is that he got the job done in the tiebreaks and avoided dropping a set.

Pella was playing quite well and he didn’t want him to get into the match too much. There was still plenty of rust from Federer but the fact that he got the job done in straight sets will boost his confidence.

For him, it is all about getting matches under his belt and getting match sharp again. So in that sense, this was a successful outing for him. He now plays another Brit Marcus Willis who had a fairytale run so far at Wimbledon.

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I read somewhere that the world #775 was not supposed to be in the pre-qualifying draw but someone withdrew and he got in. He then won three pre-qualifying rounds, played a British league match, and then won three qualifying rounds to qualify for the main draw.

Then today he beats Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round. Astonishing. And as if that isn’t enough he now plays the 7-time Wimbledon champion, Federer. It’s one of those stories that you feel it was meant to be as if he was destined.

I’m sure playing Federer is like the ultimate for him and he will be just happy to be on the court with the legend. But who knows. Federer still has plenty of rust and I’m sure Willis won’t lack any confidence after winning seven consecutive matches on the grass.

It will be a fun match to watch that’s for sure, just to see if Willis can make it competitive.

  • Elsewhere in the Draw

There were three seeds who fell in the first round today namely Kohlschreiber(21), Anderson(20), and Monfils(17). Other than that there isn’t much to report on.

As for tomorrow, the most interesting match will be between Thiem and Mayer. Clearly, for me, the top half is the interesting half where you have Djokovic and Federer. Therefore, my posts will mostly be about the top half until the final.

  • Highlights

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Posted in Grand Slams, Wimbledon.

6 Comments

  1. I watched Djokovic, but not Federer. Ward is a dangerous player with some weapons and big heart. On his day, he can hurt anyone. Djokovic has done well

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    Ru-an Reply:

    True. Ward has a good game. Tall guy with a big serve and big groundies. He should be doing better than challenger tour. Lacks dedication I think.

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  2. Hi all,

    Posting again here and glad to have Wimbledon to get away from problems in my home country (UK), I’m sure you know what has happened unless you have been living under a rock the past week so I won’t divert the conversation by going into it here. I was disappointed with Federer’s performance against Pella in the first two sets but towards the end of the third he played a lot better. Whilst Marcus Willis has nothing to lose against Federer you would think he would be a little overawed by Centre Court and shouldn’t offer as much resistance as Pella unless something goes really weird. As for Djokovic and Murray neither of their performances were that great either, too much inconsistency which will cost them against better opposition later into the tournament. Hoping to see a major step up in the next two or three rounds from the top 3.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah, quite an upset with Brexit wasn’t it? A little taste of what is to come in the US later this year if Hillary Clinton is the democratic nominee. Then you are looking at a Trump presidency. People are tired of establishment politics. Anyway, I hope it works out for you and doesn’t affect you in a bad way.

    I didn’t watch tennis today aside from the end of the third set between Kyrgios and Stepanek. I was going to watch Thiem but it rained out. Looking forward to tomorrow where Djokovic will be on center court followed by Federer. I didn’t watch the third set of Federer vs Pella. Sounds like that match did Federer’s confidence a lot of good. I can’t see Willis putting up much resistance. He will be tired by now and the occasion will be too big for him.

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  3. @Charlie: If you are a Federer fan it is normal that you would be anti-immigration/pro-Brexit; curbing immigration was almost exclusive reason why people voted for Brexit. Federer is for those who are fascinated by elite/”elite”, by Rolex and Moet while Djokovic is for those who are for underprivileged masses.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    True, George, but I don’t think Brexit is necessarily a bad thing. From what I hear Britain was the puppet of the US in the EU, their access as it were who they used to keep Europe from reaching its full potential. So in the bigger picture, it may not be such a good thing for the elite.

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