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

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A few pics of Juan Martin at practice on Wednesday:

Juan Martin del Potro

Juan Martin del Potro

Juan Martin del Potro

Juan Martin del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro

I was back at Queen’s club on Wednesday but this time on Centre Court:

Queen's Centre Court

Marin Cilic def Arnaud Clement 6-4 6-4

Marin Cilic

Arnaud Clement

Not much to say about the match, but it’s nice to see a bit of volley game.

Marin Cilic

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Virtua Tennis 4

Virtua Tennis 4, the third sequel to Sega’s tennis game franchise, Virtua Tennis, has just launched in Europe and will come May 10 in North America.

Virtua Tennis 4 player line up include:
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro, Andy Roddick, Fernando Gonzalez, Tommy Haas, Phillipp Kohlschreiber, Gael Monfils, Andreas Seppi
Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetzova, Maria Sharapova, Anna Chakvetadze, Laura Robson

Virtua Tennis 4 is available on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.

Virtua Tennis 4

Andy Murray

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After Safina and Ivanovic, an other former world number one was knocked out of the tournament: Jelena Jankovic was defeated by 54-ranked Shuai Peng.
Second seed Zvonareva was pushed to the limit by Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski before recovering to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Kim Clijsters and Sam Stosur continue to impress and book their place in the third round.

On the men’s side, Nadal, Soderling and Murray progress easily to the last 32.

Seeds upsets:
Jelena Jankovic (7), Maria Kirilenko (18), Alisa Kleybanova (24), Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (26), Michael Llodra (22), David Nalbandian (27), Thomaz Bellucci (30)

Aussie of the day:
The big Australian hope Bernard Tomic, defeated the much more experienced Feliciano Lopez in straight sets. The 2008 Australian Open junior champion is more known for his feud with Lleyton Hewitt than for his ATP results, but one say he has finally matured. He will next encounter world number one Rafael Nadal.

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Match of the day: Marcos Baghdatis defeats Juan Martin Del Potro
Juan Martin Del Potro is back from injury but not yet at his top. He lost to 2006 finalist Marcos Baghdatis in four sets 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. The Cypriot will play Jurgen Melzer on Saturday for a place in the fourth round.

Matches to follow on day 5:
Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)[23] vs Justine Henin(BEL)[11]
Stanislas Wawrinka(SUI)[19] vs Gael Monfils(FRA)[12]
Nicolas Almagro(ESP)[14] vs Ivan Ljubicic(CRO)[17]