As we enter the second week of arguably the favourite and most sought after Grand Slam event on the tennis calendar, I welcome you to the new recap segment here on Pen & Paper that will bring you all the news from the previous nights matches at Wimbledon throughout the second week.
We start at Day 7 and with one of our own, young sensation Bernard Tomic who took on Xavier Malisse. Tomic came out firing and completely outclassed his more seasoned opponent taking the first set 6-1. Malisse then found some form in the second set before Tomic again came out on top 7-5. The third set was all tied up at 4-4 before once again Tomic took the ascendency, going up the break and closing out the match 6-4. After achieving his greatest result at a Grand Slam event, Tomic has now reached his first Quarter-Final where he will meet world number two – Novak Djokovic. On a side note it was great to see Tomic walk over and acknowledge the “Fanatics” by shaking each of their hands and also signing their shirts for them. Hopefully they can belt out a few tunes for him on centre court against Djokovic!
Speaking of Djokovic, he easily took out Michael Llodra of France in straight sets 6-3 6-3 6-3. Llodra never stood a chance and Djokovic seemed to have all the answers to whatever the Frenchmen threw at him. After having his unbeaten streak broken by Federer not so long ago, Djokovic is looking to build a new one and claim the Wimbledon crown for himself. I’m hoping that Tomic will at least take a set off of him, however Djokovic is in excellent form!
Rafael Nadal played against a returning Juan Martin Del Potro in what was a very good encounter between the two big serving, big hitting players. Del Potro took a set off Nadal and also forced two sets into tiebreakers that Nadal really had to work for to score the win. It’s a promising sign for Del Potro, who is returning from recent injury, that he may be able to once again make his way towards the top five in the world. Nadal on the other hand, keeps on keeping on. However he injured his left foot during the first set and is having scans to assess the damage before his Quarter-Final matchup against Mardy Fish. The final score for this match: 7-6 3-6 7-6 6-4
Britains own Andy Murray cruised into yet another Quarter-Final by defeating another Frenchmen, Richard Gasquet, 7-6 6-3 6-2. Its great to see him reach the finals in his own Grand Slam, it would be even better to see him hold the trophy aloft at the end of the tournament. He has the weight of a nation on his shoulders every time he steps on the court and aside from winning a big tournament, has carried that weight well.
Roger Federer took on Mikhail Youzhny and after dropping the first set 6-7, went on to win the next three sets 6-3 6-3 6-3 to advance to his umpteenth Quarter-Final matchup. As usual he looks a dangerous man to face in the finals and you never know, he could go all the way.
In regards to the Women’s draw it was a day of upsets, with each of the Williams sisters and also the number one seed Caroline Wozniacki all going down to their opponents.
Serena Williams matched up with Marion Bartoli and lost in straight sets 6-3 7-6. It has been a great run at Wimbledon for Serena who has been dogged by injury and illness over the past year or so. In fact she hasn’t been on a court in 46 weeks, so to make it to the fourth round was a great run. Excellent work by Bartoli however to take her out of the competition, this marks her as a threat for whoever she meets now.
Venus William was taken out of the competition by Tsvetana Pironkova, also in straight sets 6-2 6-3. Pionkova played unbelievably well and she didn’t allow Williams the chance to settle into any sort of rhythm. Now, like Bartoli, because she took out a Williams she must be considered a threat. It’s not often a 32nd seed makes it through to the Quarters, well done Pironkova.
World number one Caroline Wozniacki was stunned by her opponent Dominika Cibulkova, losing in three sets 6-1 6-7 5-7. Cibulkova had Wozniacki moving around the court from the beginning of the second set, when something must have clicked during the first break between sets. A stunning victory for the Slovakian 24th seed and with a number of big names out of the competition, inluding the world number one, the womens draw really is wide open!
Maria Sharapova continued her good run of form, defeating Shuai Peng of China 6-4 6-2. Sharapova was never really troubled by the Chinese player and showed her true skill out on the court. With all the big names out as mentioned, she now has to be the front-runner in the women’s draw.
Not much to report on for the upcoming eighth day, however, stay tuned for tomorrow’s recap of Wimbledon.