Wimbledon Week 1 Stray Thoughts

Posted by Brodie under: SW19

26 Jun 2011

Another slam, another kickass first week. The second week is typically the one with the high quality matches, but much like being at a tournament early in the week, the first week of a slam is where us tennis junkies get our fill. There’s tennis everywhere.

The women’s side has been the most exciting for me. There’s been some predictable results, some upsets, an intriguing final 16, and most importantly a ton of great matches. Once again, it’s a real testament to the quality across the draw on the women’s side. It’s not just about everything being “wide open”.

Players that really impressed me are three of the ladies who may be the future of this sport in a few years: Sabine Lisicki, Laura Robson, and Heather Watson. Sabine continues to have some of the biggest shots on the tour, and to boot, has shown off some excellent defense and good movement. Laura’s movement is continuing to improve by my eye. She just has a wonderful feel of the ball and a great lefty forehand which is proving troublesome for her opponents. Heather is looking like an excellent counterpuncher, not afraid to go for winners with great power off both wings, especially a plus backhand. Well done ladies.

For the men, I’m really quite impressed with what Del Potro has managed to do so far. Grass really is a terrible surface for him. The low balls are tricky, and his movement is a mess. He really seems to have trouble getting his feet under him to unleash that big backhand. At the same time, he’s realized that he needs his big serve to win, and that it can be a huge asset if his first serve percentage is up (and boy was it up against Rochus).

I still think Richie is going to give Muzz serious problems, and there might be a surprising upset there. Jo is looking fantastic, which is just great and fun to see. He should be able to blow past Ferru, and I’d love to see him have a crack at Fed.

It was a tricky week for Nole, who is still figuring out grass, and needed to tough out a win versus Baggy. Don’t count him out quite yet, however. Sometimes a player needs something like that to wake up a bit, and I think that’s the case for Novak here. The day off today won’t hurt either.

And hey, remember Thomas Berdych? Yeah, he’s kind of crushing everything. Hmm…

Overall, it’s been a fantastic week, and I’m loving how the draws have turned out. We’ve got some of the players we expected to be through, and some surprising winners which should result in a few curveball quarterfinalists for the big names. Is it Monday yet?

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