2011 Wimbledon: first week recap

The real star of this first week was: the Centre Court roof. Only used for 3 matches the first two years, it has already been used 9 times in the first week this year. 3 of them featured Andy Murray, who qualified for the fourth round. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic also cruised through the second week.
The only surprise (semi-surprise) came from three-time runner-up Andy Roddick, defeated in straight sets by Feliciano Lopez, quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in 2005 and 2008.

Feliciano Lopez

Other seeds upset: Robin Soderling, Gael Monfils, Fernando Verdasco, Nikolay Davydenko

On the women’s side, seeds fall one after another: Vera Zvonareva, Na Li, Francesca Schiavone, Sam Stosur, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic are all out of The Championships.
Serena and Venus Williams struggle in the early rounds but qualify for the second week.

Matches to follow on Manic Monday:

Rafael Nadal vs Juan Martin del Potro

Del Potro has all the weapons to beat Nadal: serve, forehand, volley. A real first test for the defending champion.

Rafael Nadal

Juan Martin del Potro

Andy Murray vs Richard Gasquet:

Andy Murray faces Richard Gasquet in the first match of the second week of Wimbledon on Monday. The two played an epic five setter three years ago, when Murray came from two sets down to win.

Andy Murray

Bernard Tomic vs Xavier Malisse

Young Aussie Bernard Tomic came back from two sets down against Igor Andreev and then beat Robin Soderling; He will face 2002 semi-finalist Xavier Malisse. Both players have nothing to lose, are full of talent, it will be an intriguing match to watch!

Xavier Malisse

Petra Kvitova vs Yanina Wickmayer:

One of the future big rivalry of the WTA?

Petra Kvitova

You can find the complete order of play on Wimbledon official site.

Tennis fashion:

What’s more ridiculous:

Bethanie Mattek-Sands tennis balls jacket:

Venus Williams outfit

or Novak Djokovic (with his dog Pierre) on the cover of Vogue Uomo?

My vote goes to… Djokovic

To finish this recap on a good note, check out this australian commercial that tells the story of 1971 Wimbledon champion Evonne Cawley Goolagong:

and enjoy the Tennis pets album on Wimbledon facebook page. So cute…

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