Wimbledon Day 2: Federer, Murray, and Nadal Safely Into Second Round

As opposed to the French Open, three members of the big four is in the bottom half at Wimbledon. But luckily for Federer he doesn’t have Nadal in his quarter the way Djokovic had at the French. Since Nadal is in Murray’s quarter Federer will at most only have to deal with one of them. Today was the turn of the bottom half which means all of Federer, Murray, and Nadal were in action and all of them won in straight sets. I didn’t catch much of the action but caught up some on the highlights.

  • Nadal vs Bellucci

I watched only the first set of Bellucci against Nadal and I made a big mistake to think that Bellucci could trouble Nadal. Nadal ended up winning our prediction match 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. What I saw from Bellucci was truly pathetic. Nadal was still looking vulnerable, but Bellucci was playing on grass like it was a clay court, basically just pushing and waiting for Nadal to end the point. After watching some of Nadal’s match, I feel a lot less certain that he can make the semi-finals.

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It’s hot out there…

I dare say Federer is safe, but of course with Nadal you never know. Nadal plays Brown next who will at least be a much better player than the clueless Bellucci. Brown has already beaten Nadal on grass and you can be sure he will play much more attacking tennis than the dirt baller Bellucci. I haven’t seen much of him, but I think grass suits his game well and he actually has a good shot at upsetting Nadal. This will probably be Nadal’s biggest test before the quarterfinals.

If he survives it he may well make the second week and turn into a different animal.

  • Federer vs Dzumhur

Federer played Dzumhur at the French Open as well and he is just a weaponless player and is therefore even less of a threat on grass, so Federer won 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. Federer looked pretty calm and confident as opposed to Nadal though. But you’d expect that given his form this year and the fact that he won Halle. It’s good early signs for Federer but too early to draw any serious conclusions. Next he will play Querrey who made the final in Nottingham so that will be a better test.

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Jammies?

At least Querrey has a decent grass court game, but he will probably lose in straight sets. I just think we will get a better idea of what goes on with Fedal after their respective second round matches have been played. First rounds are always just an adjustment basically.

  • Elsewhere in the Draw

Like I said Murray also won against Kukushkin, 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-4. Then a match which was expected to be close between Tsonga and Muller went to five sets with Tsonga winning 6-2 in the fifth. I can see Tsonga making the fourth round and play Murray unless he loses to Karlovic or even Dolgopolov who both won today as well. Tsonga is a dangerous grass courter who comes off a semi-final in Paris. Murray sure got a tough draw, like Djokovic did in Paris almost.

  • Prediction Game

Ok, now the fun part. Congrats to Tom who won today’s game after predicting Nadal would win 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Not very far from a perfect prediction at all! Joe takes over the #1 spot for himself after coming second today with another close prediction of 7-5, 6-4, 6-4. Josefina also made another good prediction and finds herself alone in the second spot after the second round of predictions. I would suggest that if you want to stay at the top then leave your prediction to the last minute.

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Baby Djoker defeated Satkhovshy 9-7 in the 5th today

Or else people will just copy your score and I don’t want that anyway. But it’s your game so do as you like! Tomorrow is, of course, the turn of the top half again and I don’t see many interesting matchups aside from Djokovic vs Nieminen, Thiem vs Verdasco, and Dimitrov vs Johnson perhaps. I expect another straight set win for Djokovic with a similar scoreline as the one against Kohlschreiber so I’m gonna go for Thiem vs Verdasco. Grass is Thiem’s worst surface, but he had a decent win in the first round.

Verdasco, on the other hand, had a marathon against Klizan winning 13-11 in the fifth. So maybe Thiem can make a match of it and I want to see if there are any of you who has the courage to predict a victory for him. I have updated the rankings which you can view on the predictions page on the top bar and you can make your predictions below this post again. The two have never met before so you will have nothing to rely on but your tennis knowledge and sixth sense!

Good luck!

  • Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns5lE54pmG0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYvHmX15sbk

The is in your court.

Posted in Grand Slams, Wimbledon.

43 Comments

  1. Hi, that’s a good pick. I would also add Raonic and Haas as an interesting match up tomorrow. But I’m glad you chose to mix things up a bit – I was worried you were going to stick with the “Big 4.”

    I’ll take Verdasco in 4 sets. 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah, I thought about Raonic vs Haas too, Josafina. Sounds like a decent prediction. I bet a few people make similar predictions :))

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  2. Man……I gave Belucci too much credit. Oh well, I say Fernando verdasco 6-3 7-6(4) 6-3

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha. You were not the only one!

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  3. Hi everyone! I’m a first time commentator and am a big fan of this blog. I really like the idea of this predictions game and wanted to have a go at it.

    I’m going to pick Thiem in four sets: 7-5: 4:6: 7:6 7:6

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Spot on so far Connor!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Amazing so far!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thiem takes the third set 7-5, You’re in the lead ;-)

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  4. Thiem in 5: 6-4 6-7(8-6) 6-4 3-6 6-4

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    Ru-an Reply:

    This looked like a good prediction Vamesh. I won’t be surprised if Verdasco wins the fourth set now.

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    Vamesh Reply:

    Hope so Ruan and Thiem wins the match. The men’s tennis is starting to get some depth. :-)

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  5. As usual I bet against Nadal and I get disappointed..I so much despise him. Anyways to d predictions .Verdasco is far more experienced but I believe Thiem is going to win it( even though its his worst surface)

    Thiem in 4 sets 3-6 6-4 6-3 7-5

    I think with this prediction I am going to be last on d table. But still I m enjoying
    Fed is looking good and I hope he reaches d final stage.

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  6. Verdasco is such a player who would beat Nadal and then go on and lose to Dzamur next. And thiem seems to have improved. So ill pick the underdog today.

    Thiem in 5 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-7(7), 6-4

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  7. That’s it for me for Belluci – loser. Pathetic as you say, Ru-an. He is an embarrassment on grass playing like its clay. Such a painful match to watch. Of course I didn’t finish it. Roger was smooth as silk and just belting that FH a bit, I thought. Taking a cue from Stan?!! Fedal just might happen with Murray back to his defensive ways! Just when you think he is coming out of his shell and being more aggressive, which works so well for him and which will bring him to the next level, he retreats back to what he is most comfortable with! Anyway, early days yet. Intriguing to see how they round up their forms.

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    Jiten Reply:

    Hi Sis, was it only me noticing that Fed was generating more power with his backhand than he usually does? I was not at all impressed with Dull. In my opinion, he won just because the opponent was more pathetic than him. If he had to face what Djoker and Murray faced in their first rounds, it may have been curtains for him. Though our hero looked solid, it is still early days!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yeah, both of them played like they were on clay. Painful to watch as I said. We will know where Nadal’s grass game is at when he plays Brown next. Yes, Roger seems to be consciously hitting harder both wings! As I said, maybe taking cue from Stan! Djoker is playing like Roger right now against Nimenen, approach shots, serving and volleying. He is scarily becoming such a complete player. How do you beat this guy?!!

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  8. Thiem in 3 sets 7-6(4), 7-6(2), 6-4

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    Ben Chia Reply:

    Hi Tyler, I also going with thiem in 3 sets, but 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Not a bad start BC! ;-)

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  9. It looks like you stumped everyone this time Ru-an!

    B-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha more like Thiem stumped everyone. He was up a break in the fifth and I think in the fourth set too, although I hope someone can confirm that for me. No one even got the winner and the number of sets right.

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    Joe Reply:

    Good point, I would rather say it was all Thiem’s fault, not ours. %-( :-??

    On a more honest note, I didn’t get to see much of it – too busy working today – but it looked like a really excellent match.

    =D>

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    Ru-an Reply:

    It was good until I left with Thiem a break up in the 4th set. Then it became a choke job.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well at least it doesn’t look like Thiem was a break up in the 4th set, but he was in the 5th. That’s till pretty poor from him. 2-1 up in sets and then a break up in the 5th has to go down as a choke job.

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    Joe Reply:

    Yeah too bad. But I think Thiem is going to be a very strong grass court player with just a little more exposure to the surface. I was very impressed with his movement and striking today.

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  10. Hi guys, missed the initial post about the prediction game so I guess I’m a bit behind but I’ll go with Verdasco 6-4 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-2. Wasn’t sure whether tiebreak scores are included so put them just in case.

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    Charlie Reply:

    Wow just realised I was posting on the day 2 post lol. That was great lol.

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  11. Haha yeah too bad Theim couldn’t close out the fifth set when he was a break up. I didn’t see any of the match so I can’t really say for sure, but it seems like he probably choked it away at the end. I hope he has a breakthrough win soon and continues to rise higher in the rankings. His game is good for tennis.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes, Connor, it was a choke job. He needs to improve in the mental department.

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