Today was a disappointing day at Wimbledon with four more players retiring during the first round after three retired yesterday, including both Djokovic and Federer’s opponents.
Klizan pulled out at 6-3, 2-0 and Dolgopolov pulled out at 6-3, 3-0. I think they need to start doing something about these retirements but if you are a lower ranked player who doesn’t make money then it is hard to blame you for wanting to get that first round prize money at all costs.
Nishikori’s constant retirements and his retirement in Madrid against Djokovic particularly bothered me. Top players should receive some kind of penalty to stop them from playing when there is a risk of injury like having to miss the next two weeks if they retire during a match.
The capitalist model already favors the top players so much that they should not be able to take the spot of someone in the draw who badly needs it.
Djokovic moves into 2nd postion for most GS match wins (men’s)
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— Roger Laver (@DonaldTendulkar) July 4, 2017
It doesn’t help Djokovic either who needs court time. It helps no one but the player who retires. If a lower ranked player was allowed to play instead it could have benefited him immensely. Not just in terms of much-needed money but in terms of experience. Such are the shortcomings of capitalism.
One of the players who retired today was 19th seed Lopez who was in Djokovic’s bracket. Not a bad break for Djokovic but he still has Del Potro and Monfils in that section. Del Potro, in particular, is dangerous and defeated another dangerous player Kokkinakis in a very competitive four-setter today.
The only other seed that tumbled out in the bottom half today was Dickey Gasquet who lost in four sets to Ferrer. The two matches where I saw potential upsets was Del Potro’s and Thiem vs Pospisil. Del Potro’s match was very competitive but Thiem easily defeated Pospisil so well done to him.
He does have a win over Federer and a title on grass so he shouldn’t be underestimated on the surface.
As for tomorrow, the two main matches of Murray vs Brown and Nadal vs Young will be on Center Court again but there will be plenty other interesting matches too. Let’s hope it goes better than today.