Wimbledon mid-tournament wrap – Locker Room Books Posted on 8 Jul 23:09 , 0 comments
This year’s Wimbledon has provided plenty of drama already with upsets, shock results, off field action and farewells to some of the legends of the sport.
The best thing is there is still under a week to go of the tournament and some cracking matches still to come.
It has been a brilliant tournament for Australia with the nation having some of their best results since the mid 90’s.
It has also been a great tournament for the top players with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka still around.
Here is a summary, for the Locker Room, of what has happened so far.
The tournament started on Monday the 29th of June with 128 players in the gentleman’s draw and ladies draw.
On the first day there were 11 Aussies involved among the 16 in the main draw.
16 was the most since 1995 when 17 competed in the draw during that year.
Leading the charge on Day 1 was the three seeds who all won through to the 2nd round.
Sam Stosur and Nick Kyrgios – the 22nd and 26th seed respectively – each won in straight sets over Danka Kovinic and Diego Schwartzman respectively.
Joining them was Bernard Tomic – the 27th seed – but not until he battled past Jan-Lennard Struff in five sets.
He survived a break point in the 4th set, down two sets to one, to defeat the German 6-3 3-6 2-6 6-2 6-3.
Five sets was a familiar theme for Aussies on day 1.
John-Patrick Smith – on his debut in the main draw – and Marinko Matosevic would both lose in five sets to Kenny de Schepper and Liam Broady respectively.
Both would lead by two sets to love, during the match, but lose in heartbreaking circumstances in the final set.
For other Aussies, on the first day, they would fall to seeds.
Tennis couple, Luke Saville and Daria Gavrilova, lost to seeds Richard Gasquet and Irina Camelia-Begu in straight sets.
Saville’s statesman Thanasi Kokkinakis would also lose in straight sets to a seed.
In three hours of tough tennis, Kokkinakis would lose to Leonardo Mayer, the 24th seed.
After battling a bout of illness before the event, it was a courageous performance.
South Australia had three players in the main draw. The final one, Lleyton Hewitt, would play his last singles match at the All-England club.
In a five set marathon against Jarkko Nieminen, who is also retiring in the next few months, Hewitt would give it his all too just fall short of the 2nd round.
Up two sets to one, Hewitt would lose the final two sets, to fall short of a 2nd round meeting with Novak Djokovic.
He would have three breaks in the final set, and lose them all, to hand Nieminen the advantage.
The Aussie would also save three match points but couldn’t save a 4th.
It ended an 18 year journey for Hewitt in singles at Wimbledon, his highlight is undoubtedly his 2002 title win against David Nalbandian.
Nieminen would end his career in the next round against Djokovic.
He would lose in straight sets and get a fitting send off from the crowd and the world number 1.
It was also the final Wimbledon for Michael Berrer, from Germany, who used to be 42 in the world.
He made the first round, after qualifying, before losing to Adrian Mannarino in four sets.
Two other Aussies, John Millman and Matt Ebden, tasted success on Day 1 with straight set wins.
Millman defeated Tommy Robredo in an impressive display with Ebden defeating Blaz Rola.
Both would record their first ever main draw wins at Wimbledon.
On Day 2 five Aussies were involved.
Sam Groth and James Duckworth would both win to create a round 2 match-up between each other.
Duckworth, who defeated Malez Jaziri, needed five sets to defeat his Tunisian opponent.
Groth would defeat seed Jack Sock in four sets.
In the other results, Casey Dellacqua defeated Tamira Paszek in straight sets, with Ajla Tomljanovic doing the same against Klara Koukalova.
Fellow Aussie, Jarmila Gajdosova, lost to big server Sabine Lisicki in straight sets.
Over the next two days, in Round 2 action, five Aussies would make the third round.
Stosur, Dellacqua, Tomic, and Kyrgios, all won in straight sets to move within striking distance of the 2nd week of action.
In the battle of the Aussies, between Groth and Duckworth, it would be the fastest server in the world who would make it to the third round.
With both coached by the same coach, and both good mates with each other, it was going to be a tough match for the duo.
Groth though would handle the occasion the best and move into the 3rd round for the first time in his career.
Unfortunately for John Millman, Matt Ebden, and Ajla Tomljanovic, it would be the end of their singles campaign.
Tomljanovic would be outplayed by Agneiszka Radwanska, with Millman losing to Marcos Baghdatis in 5 sets.
He would lead two sets to love, and have a break in the third set, before falling away to the Cypriot.
Millman was one of the stories of the event with the Aussie now inside the top 100 after being outside of the top 1000 last year.
Matt Ebden will be looking to join him soon but fell short in the 2nd round against John Isner.
The Western Australian lost in straight sets despite having set points in the 2nd set.
In the third round, the Aussies ran into trouble, as they faced some of the best players in the game.
Sam Groth would lose in four sets to Roger Federer, the 7 time champion at Wimbledon.
His serve kept him in it but he eventually lost his momentum in the fourth set after winning the third in a tiebreaker.
Bernard Tomic would be defeated by the defending champion, Novak Djokovic, in straight sets after throwing everything at the world number 1.
Casey Dellacqua, despite having a four love lead in the second set, would lose to former finalist Agnieszka Radwanska.
The most disappointing performance came from Sam Stosur, who lost to CoCo Vandeweghe.
After breaking early, and leading 2-0, she would lose the next twelve games to be eliminated.
It tied as her best performance at Wimbledon but she will want to forget about that match in a hurry.
This made Australia’s last hope in the singles draw rest on Nick Kyrgios.
Kyrgios, who attracted attention off field during the first two rounds, played some great tennis to make the third round.
He continued that against Milos Raonic with a 4 set win.
After losing the first set, Kyrgios would win the next three, to avenge the loss to the Canadian in the quarters last year.
Kyrgios’ run would come to an end in dramatic end against Richard Gasquet in the 4th round.
The Aussie would lose the first two sets, win the third set, but lose in the 4th set.
He would save two match points but not be able to save a third.
Overall the tournament has been kind to the favourites for the event.
Roger Federer has lost one set all tournament, with Andy Murray losing just two sets without any real trouble on both players.
Novak Djokovic didn’t lose a set until the fourth round when he lost the first two to Kevin Anderson.
He survived though, won the next three, and progressed to the quarter final winning 7-5 in the fifth set.
One person who did run into trouble was Rafael Nadal, who struggled at Wimbledon again.
Playing a grass player, in Dustin Brown, Nadal would be beaten in four sets in the 2nd round.
Brown would hit 58 winners and come to the net in almost 35 percent of the points in the match.
It rattled Nadal and he didn’t play at his best against the German.
The quarter finalists in the men are Novak Djokovic Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet, Vasek Pospisil, Andy Murray, Gilles Simon, and Roger Federer.
In the women’s side, the two of the top four seeds remain, with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova still in the event.
Sharapova hasn’t lost a set so far in the tournament and has been impressive on her way to the quarters.
Williams has only lost one set, and was almost beaten by Heather Watson in the 3rd round.
The 20 time Grand Slam champion just survived and is now in the quarters after accounting for her sister, Venus, in the 4th round.
The shakeup in round 3 could be what she needs to power her way through the tournament.
The other side of the draw has been shaken up.
Simon Halep, the third seed, lost in the first round to Jana Cepelova.
She was followed by Petra Kvitova who lost in the 3rd round to Jelena Jankovic.
In one of her best wins in years the Serbian upset the defending champion, and second favourite for the title.
The quarter finalists are Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, CoCo Vandeweghe, Garbine Muguruza, Timea Bacsinszky, Madison Keys and Agnieszka Radwanska.
A full wrap of the results for the rest of the week will be available at the end of the tournament.
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