2nd seed Novak Djokovic (SRB) got over an early lapse in concentration to beat Ernests Gulbis (LAT) in straight sets 6-4 6-1 7-6. At the beginning of the match Djokovic felt aggrieved after being denied a challenge by the chair, and the very next point he needed the challenge again, this time getting it, and it going his way. He remonstrated with the chair umpire about line calls and challenges, ironically telling the umpire to “focus” before losing all focus himself, dropping his serve immediately after. Continue reading “The 6th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Gentlemen’s Singles Draw”
Number 1 seed Andy Murray (GBR) faced 28th seed Fabio Fognini (ITA), both of whom are known to have the occasional outburst on court. Murray raced to a 1 set lead 6-2 only for the momentum to swing the Italian’s way in the second, taking it 6-4. Murray seemed to be back on track as he took the third set 6-1 but yet again the Italian came back. Continue reading “The 5th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Gentlemen’s Singles Draw”
Again the ladies showed the gentlemen how to put on a show. Home talent Heather Watson (GBR) and returning former semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka (BLR) left it all on court in a 3 set battle of highs and lows. Watson stormed the first set 6-3, and in a closer fought second set than the score suggested, Azarenka took it 6-1. The final set was always going to be difficult for Watson with her relative inexperience at this stage. Continue reading “The 5th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Ladies’ Singles Draw”
2nd seed Novak Djokovic (SRB) breezed past Adam Pavlasek (CZE) 6-2 6-2 6-1 without breaking a sweat and will be surprised to see that his next opponent is not Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG). The 29th seed crashed out of the tournament in straight sets 6-4 6-4 7-6 to world number 589 Ernests Gulbis (LAT) who is also coming back from injury. Continue reading “The 4th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Gentlemen’s Singles Draw”
In the best match of the day, world number 87 Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) pulled off a remarkable win over this year’s number 1 player and my favourite to win Karolina Pliskova (CZE). The 3rd seed played well in the first set and everything seemed regulation. Continue reading “The 4th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Ladies’ Singles Draw”
Jack Sock has put a nice pic of his gear on Instagram. There’s a roll of Bablolat Poly sitting there, but am I spying natural gut in the mains?
Carlos Moya has revealed the secrets behind Nadal’s recent improvements and comeback from injury.
Forehand has been adapted to “get more speed through the court”. Work on improvements in the Nadal backhand has been fairly evident as he takes more outside in backhands over inside out forehands. And “a lot of work on the serve”.
Nadal is also carrying more lead tape in the head of the racquet giving much increased power potential. Additionally, nutrition and dietary changes have been made to build even more muscle to help in reducing injuries.
Bernard Tomic has been dumped by racquet sponsor Head following his antics at Wimbledon this week. During his last match, Tomic feined injury and called the trainer, despite later admitting there was nothing wrong with him. He also informed the press conference that he was “bored” during his match against Mischa Zverez. A gifted player wasting his talent.
In the day’s controversial match, Next Gen star Daniil Medvedev (RUS) who knocked out 5th seed Wawrinka in the first round, lost his cool in a tense 5 set contest on the non-Hawk-Eye outer courts. His opponent, world number 124 Ruben Bemelmans (BEL), was the benefactor of 5 chair umpire overrules in quick succession, leaving Medvedev questioning the integrity of the chair and calling for her replacement. Continue reading “The 3rd Day at Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Draw”