Djokovic, Federer Breeze, Watson Triumphs

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Novak Djokovic is the best tennis player on the planet, a position with which 16-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer knows well. Federer is determined to oust the big two, Djoko and Rafa and The Swiss built an impressive case against Italy’s Fabio Fognini in his 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 straight set sweep. With six Wimbledon titles in his treasure chest, Roger looks right at home.  Despite being dispatched in the quarters in the last two years, Roger may have his best chance to claim a remarkable seventh title this year.

The problem that Roger faces is overcoming self-doubt when battling against Djokovic and Nadal.  Having to beat one is difficult enough but it is exhausting to think about upsetting one and then playing the other.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Djokjo looked every bit the defending champion in dismissing American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Let’s understand that Harrison is no slouch and sure to be a top ten competitor in the near future. Not only that, but Harrison played like a winner or at least a player who could beat most of the payers in the draw. He lost serve once in each set.  Djokovic never lost his serve. He is the reigning champion and looks like a semifinalist at this point.

Stosur and Li out

It is another year of hardship and disappointment for fifth seed Samantha Stosur.  Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands played patiently and well enough to sink the erratic Stosur (6-2, 0-6, 6-4) who has never fared well in London.  Rus converted six of eight break opportunities while Stosur only converted six of eighteen.

The bottom half of Sharapova’s half of the draw is even more wide open now that Sorana Cirstea downed struggling Li Na (11) 6-3, 6-4. This is good news for the Brits is that Heather Watson still carries the flag after putting away a game Jamie Hampton 6-1, 6-4. Watson outmuscled and was more precise than the American.  Heather will next face the 3 seed Aggie Radwanska who has quietly cruised into the third round without much resistance. Aggie used economy of motion to solve all Elena Vesnina’s probes 6-2, 6-1.

Watson will need to draw from the home crowd and play her “A” game to slide by Radwanska, a very talented and fluid player. Watson will need to be more efficient with her first serve.  Against Hampton, she only landed 60 percent of her first serves.  That won’t cut it against Aggie, as steady a baseliner as is in the women’s game. Heather will need to have strategy and go for it.  If she is successful with a drop shot, she can draw Radwanska to the net where good things can happen. If she tries to outlast Radwanska on the baseline, it will be an early exit to a silent house.

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