Four years ago, Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer to capture the gold in London, then went on to win his maiden Grand Slam title a few weeks later. Will history repeat itself this summer? In any case he started well his quest to US Open title number 2 with a clean win over tricky Lukas Rosol:
I spent a few days in Paris last week for the BNP Paribas Masters, the ninth and final Masters 1000 event of the season. Novak Djokovic captured the title, dispatching Andy Murray 6-2 6-4 in the final. Enjoy my pictures and recaps of day 1 to day 4.
It seems the good old Rafa is back! He had to battle hard to beat Rosol in Basel last week, but today it was a routine 6-2 6-2 win in 61 minutes. A good attitude, great forehands, a few aces when needed and a smiling Rafa who signed dozens of autographs for the kids at the end of the match.
Andy Murray poster at Wimbledon Station: Wimbledon awaits
Maria Sharapova’s Sugarpova pop-up store in Wimbledon Village:
2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic:
Henman Hill (or Murray Mound?)
Petra Kvitova leaving practice courts:
Last year’s runner-up Sabine Lisicki practising:
The queue arriving at Wimbledon:
Centre Court before play starts:
Ball Boys and Girls:
Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark in the Royal Box:
Denise Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, James and Pippa Middleton in the Royal Box:
Chelsea Pensioners enjoying the match:
Led 4-6 2-4, Nadal rallies and wins in 4 sets 4-6 7-6 6-4 6-4. He’ll face Mikhail Kukushkin in the third round.
6-2 5-7 6-1 win for world number seven Angelique Kerber.
Rain stops play at Wimbledon. Rain on Henman Hill:
View from Henman Hill, you can see the Shard in the background:
Empty practice courts:
The roof makes its first appearance at Wimbledon 2014:
Good day at the office for Federer who wins in straight sets 6-3 7-5 6-3.
Two time defending champions eased into the Davis Cup semifinals with a 5-0 victory over Japan. Both teams played without their number ones, Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori.
Czech Republic will next face France who came back from a 2-0 deficit to top Germany 3-2.
Radek Stepanek vs Tatsuma Ito
Ranked number 100, he defeated Rafael Nadal 6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4 in the 2nd round.
Seriously, who saw that coming? Lukas Rosol is playing Wimbledon for the first time. He’s the world No.100. He lost 6-0, 6-0, 6-2 to Philipp Petzschner in the first round of the Australian Open in January. He didn’t even qualify for Eastbourne last week.
Nadal fails to make the 3rd round of a Grand Slam for the 1st time in 7 years. He lost in 2nd round at Wimbledon in 2005 at age 19.
“It’s like a miracle for me. I never expected this. It’s just so many emotions I don’t know what to say. I’m very sorry for him I played unbelievable today. I hope I can play one more match like this.”