Monday, 23 June 2008

First day round up

No opening day at Wimbledon would be complete without an early exit for a highly seeded player. This year it's Nalbandian's turn to be the fall guy. The 2002 finalist was beaten in straight sets by Frank Dancevic, who played out of his skin.

Lleyton Hewitt, who of course beat Nalbandian in 2002, battled through a 5 setter.

It's been a good day for Federer. The Champ eased through in three (the highlight was Hrbaty sitting in the chair next to Federer during the final changeover, watch it below) and Monfils, a possible 3rd round opponent pulled out.

Djokovic also went through but was made to work for it by Michael Berrer, who pushed him all the way in the first set (7-5 to Djoko), and took the second 6-2, before Djokovic reminded him who's boss and wrapped up the next two sets 3 & 0.

And despite the hype, Sam Querry's height and big serve wasn't enough. He was put out by a clay courter, Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Britain's Alex Bogdanovic lost in the first round (again). That's 7 in a row. And the BBC are reporting that is the final straw for the LTA who will pull Bogo's funding after the US Open.

Ivanovic shows her class and had McEnroe raving. Venus and Serena are both through.
Elena Baltacha battled through to the second round beating Angelique Kerber in 3. A great result.


freakyfrites said...

I was also surprised to see Karlovic go out early (not sad, but surprised!) Djokovic and Baghdatis should be breathing easier.

Steve said...

Hi freakyfrites

yes, Karlovic's defeat must have made Djoko's day. And I guess it shows that sometimes a good run in a warm up event leading up to Wimbledon can actually work against you.

Winning Nottingham must now seem like a pretty hollow victory for Ivo.