I had a fantastic time at Wimbledon on Monday and have my report and photos coming later tonight. I’ll be blogging manically for the next two weeks and this is the first of many previews coming your way. I really hope you’ll continue to follow Moo’s Tennis Blog for the rest of the Championships 😀 Wednesday’s matches aren’t the greatest, but I am sure there will be a hidden gem or two in the line-up.
TFF DreamTeam Update: After day 1, VITC led with Roger Williams in 2nd place and Grand Slammers in 3rd.
Official Wimbledon Fantasy Game Update: Thanks to all those who joined the league, we had 31 enter! After the first day of action, Froudy was leading the way.
Poll Results: 95% correctly went for Dimitrov to beat Harrison, 37% correctly went for Baghdatis to beat Brown, 39% correctly went for Matosevic to beat Verdasco, 21% correctly went for Wickmayer to beat Stosur and 36% correctly went for Vandeweghe to beat Muguruza.
1. Tomas Berdych v Bernard Tomic
The match of the day on the mens side will see the number six seed, Tomas Berdych face a significant test against high-achiever-at-Wimbledon, Bernard Tomic. Berdych dropped his opening set of the tournament to Victor Hanescu, but recovered well to progress in four sets, 6-7(5) 6-1 6-4 6-3. After a number of slips and missed break point opportunities in the opening set, Berdych turned the screw in the second set, dominating play with his forehand and dealing patiently and effectively with Hanescu’s deft slice. Tomic has been relatively quiet in the media of late, by his standards. He has done reasonably well in this grass court season (compared to the rest of his year) with one win at Queens and Eastbourne. In the first round, Tomic had a good draw going up against Evgeny Donskoy and took advantage of it, progressing in straight sets, 6-4 6-3 6-2.
This is Tomic’s best surface and he has reached the quarter-finals back in 2011 and the fourth round in 2013 where he lost, coincidentally, to Berdych in four sets, 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4. Tomic’s slice works well on this surface and his serve also allows him some free points. This will be on No.1 court and for Bernie’s sake, I hope that he puts on a solid display. There is potential for an upset, but Berdych should be solid enough to navigate past another challenging opponent.
Prediction: Berdych d. Tomic in 4 sets
2. Novak Djokovic v Radek Stepanek
Novak Djokovic cruised through his first match of the tournament against Andrey Golubev. I was out on court 7 watching Muguruza-Vandeweghe and one of the loudest ovations from Centre Court all day was when Golubev finally held serve to win his first game of the match. Djokovic came through, 6-0 6-1 6-4 in 88 minutes. Djokovic will face a much trickier match in the second round against Radek Stepanek. The Czech player, who reached the semi-finals of Queens with a victory over Andy Murray in R3, beat Pablo Cuevas in straight sets in his first match. Djokovic leads the head-to-head 10-1; the pair played at Wimbledon in 2012 where Stepanek won a set. This surface is great for Radek’s game and he is likely to cause Novak some problems in this match.
Prediction: Djokovic d. Stepanek in 3 sets (at least one tiebreak)
3. Petra Kvitova v Mona Barthel
Normally there are bundles of womens matches I want to preview at this stage of a Grand Slam. The matches in the bottom half of the womens draw are somewhat underwhelming for Wednesday. Therefore, I picked out a match featuring two of my favourites, Petra Kvitova and Mona Barthel. Members of the crowd for this one should probably take a hard hat as there are bound to be plenty of errors (along with winners too!). Kvitova was sporting the strapping on her thigh again, but she enjoyed a very routine win over Andrea Hlavackova, 6-3 6-0. Barthel reached the third round of the Australian Open and the French Open. She secured her fifth Grand Slam win of the year up against Romina Oprandi. Mona can hit winners from anywhere around the court and I could definitely see her winning a set. If she did get into a winning position, I wouldn’t have the belief she could finish the job after some nervy matches in the last couple of weeks. Petra for the win…
Prediction: Kvitova d. Barthel in 3 sets
WTA Wimbledon 2nd Round Predictions
Victoria Azarenka d. Bojana Jovanovski in 2 tight sets
Coco Vandeweghe d. Tereza Smitkova in 2 sets
Lucie Safarova d. Polona Hercog in 2 tight sets
Dominika Cibulkova d. Alison Van Utyvanck in 2 sets
Varvara Lepchenko d. Caroline Garcia in 2 tight sets
Ekaterina Makarova d. Misaki Doi in 2 sets
Jarmila Gajdosova d. Michelle Larcher de Brito in 3 sets
Agnieszka Radwanska d. Casey Dellacqua in 2 sets
Venus Williams d. Kurumi Nara in 2 sets
Maria Kirilenko d. Peng Shuai in 3 sets
Flavia Pennetta d. Lauren Davis in 3 sets
Caroline Wozniacki d. Naomi Broady in 2 sets
Ana Konjuh d. Yanina Wickmayer in 2 sets
Elena Vesnina d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in 3 sets
Li Na d. Yvonne Meusburger in 2 sets
ATP Wimbledon 2nd Round Predictions
Gilles Simon d. Robin Haase in 5 sets
Mikhail Youzhny d. Jimmy Wang in 5 sets
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. Sam Querrey in 4 tight sets
Ernests Gulbis d. Sergiy Stakhovsky in 4 sets
Jeremy Chardy d. Marinko Matosevic in 4 sets
Marin Cilic d. Andreas Haider-Maurer in 3 sets
Andy Murray d. Blaz Rola in 3 easy sets
Roberto Bautista Agut d. Jan Hernych in 3 sets
Kevin Anderson d. Edouard Roger-Vasselin in 4 sets
Fabio Fognini d. Tim Puetz in 4 sets *god knows*
Grigor Dimitrov d. Luke Saville in 3 sets (2 tight)
Alex Dolgopolov d Benny Becker in 5 sets
Marcos Baghdatis d. Leonardo Mayer in 3 sets
David Ferrer d. Andrey Kuznetsov in 3 sets