Novak Djokovic And Roger Federer Cruise

| June 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Defending champion and top seed Novak Djokovic and 3rd seed, six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer not only cruised through their first round matches but also got some help from unexpected sources.  Djokovic needed one hour and 38 minutes to brush aside Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. Ferrero battled for the first two sets and managed to break serve in the first game of the first set but this die had been caste from the draw.  If Djokovic showed any weakness, it was that Ferrero did create 8 break point opportunities.

The opening day at Wimbledon brought out the fans. After disappointing attendance in Paris, it was good to see packed stadiums and full courtside galleries.

Ernests Gulbis

Ernests Gulbis

Federer needed just 78 minutes to down another Spaniard, Albert Ramos, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. Ramos had two chances to break and managed one break while being broken 8 times. The Swiss was unflappable, cool, methodical. Roger looked as sharp as he has been this season.

Djokovic was the beneficiary of Ernests Gulbis’ big upset over sixth seeded Tomaz Berdych.  There was nothing subtle about this match.  Both players came out swinging and serving hard.  In recording the 7-6 (5), 7-6(4), 7-6 (4) upset, Gulbis matched Berdych’s power shot for shot and sent home the 2010 Wimbledon finalist. Gulbis fired 30 aces and hit 62 outright winners.  Each player broke serve once. Djokovic will next play young American Ryan Harrison who topped Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.  Berdych’s loss is Djokovic’s gain.  If Gulbis can maintain the level of play he displayed today, he should move easily through the lower half of the bracket but his record against Djokovic 1-4 record against Djokovic is less than encouraging. The only other possible contender in Djokovic’s bracket is 16th Richard Gasquet.

The Swiss also received some good news courtesy of Columbian Alejandro Falla who came back from one set down and survived two match points to upset John Isner in a five setter, 6-4, 6-7(7), 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-5.  Each player broke two times.  Isner notched 31 aces.  Federer will be glad the most feared American is gone. For Isner, it was a demoralizing performance.  The big fella looks like he needs a rest.  After a lackluster effort, he’ll have plenty of time to rest.  

Federer plays Italian Fabio Fognini, who registered a four set win over Michael Llodra.  8th seed Janko Tipsarevic swept David Nalbandian 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2.

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