- Djokovic and Nadal First Rounds
Hello, everyone. Today was the first day that Djokovic and Nadal were in action and they both had straight set wins as expected. Nadal won 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 against French teen Halys while the Djoker defeated tour veteran Nieminen 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. I watched some of both matches and it was about what you would have expected. Nadal was not entirely convincing, but Halys was playing pretty decent in what I’m sure was his first slam. As for the Djoker, he was down 4-1 in the second set after some very good tennis from Nieminen.
I left at that point thinking the Djoker may actually drop a set, but true to his recent form he was in no mood to do so and only dropped one more game in the set. So in the end it was pretty positive starts for the two main favorites I guess but I would say much more so for the Djoker. But that is also expected as the Djoker is the favorite to win the title. Nadal a couple of years ago would have had a much more routine win over Halys. One can’t forget that this is only first round though and that Nadal can still improve.
He will need to because his next match is against Almagro, and although I don’t see much of a chance for Almagro, he has beaten Nadal on clay two years ago and who knows what can happen.
- Upsets So Far
So far, five seeds have fallen namely Mannarino, Lopez, Garcia-Lopez, Karlovic, and Dimitrov. Dimitrov was the big upset today as he lost 7-6(7), 6-2, 6-3 to Sock. I’m not sure how Dimitrov is still ranked as high as he is with all his poor results, but he has a semi to defend at Wimbledon so he will probably tumble down the rankings after that. He is quite a big disappointment these days and in my opinion he seriously needs to think about getting rid of his coach Rasheed if he wants to stop the downward spiral.
The loss to Sock doesn’t surprise me in the least, and I never thought Dimitrov was going to go far enough to meet Nadal, never mind trouble him. Only the first set was close. After that, Sock hit him off the court. As for Sock, his game has actually grown on me after I initially didn’t think much of him. He has a big forehand and serve and it will be interesting to see how far he can go here. His game looks pretty good for clay with his big topspin forehand which is unusual for Americans.
Maybe in Sock America finally has a promising new youngster coming up again.
- The Rising Stars
Other than Sock, the rising stars of the game Thiem, Kyrgios, Kokinakis, and Coric all won their first round matches. It looks like Kyrgios will meet Murray in the third round which could get interesting. Coric had a win over Querrey and now plays Robredo. As for Thiem, he defeated Bedene in four sets after double-faulting on match point at 6-4 in the tie-break, exactly the way he did against Isner in Nice. But this time he wasn’t so lucky and he lost the set. He should have won in straight sets and Cuevas will be tough.
But yeah, I’m hoping he can defeat Cuevas because that would be another great win and improve his result in Paris from last year.
- My Picks For Tomorrow’s Matches
Tomorrow Roger will be back in action which I’m sure Fedfans are delighted about when he plays against Granollers. Granollers hasn’t done much of late so I’m not overly excited about that match. Roger should win in straight sets if he keeps up his recent clay court form. For me, the match of the day will be between Thiem and Cuevas. Then there is also Nishikori against Belucci who has been playing well of late and just won the title in Geneva. So those are pretty much the matches I will keep and eye on, but there are several other matches which will produce good tennis.
The is in your court.