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Wimbledon Day 2 Preview: Five Must-See Matches

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Juan Martin del Potro (zimbio,.com)

The second day of play at The Championships will see the first matches of the fortnight for Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who have combined to win ten of the last fourteen gentlemen’s singles titles at SW19.  On the ladies’ side, we have another wide open draw at a major.  Out of the sixty four ladies scheduled to play on Tuesday, they account for only five major titles combined.

 

Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis

The tennis gods really owe both of these men some good luck and better health.  Del Potro’s wrist injuries over the years are well documented, but he’s now struggling with a groin injury that forced him to withdraw from two grass court warm-up events.  Del Potro is ranked thirty-second in the world, which would normally qualify him to be seeded in the draw.  However Wimbledon’s special seeding calculation, which puts extra emphasis on grass court results over the past two years, prevented Del Potro from being seeded.  He continues to get some tough draws at the majors due to his ranking.  Meanwhile Kokkinakis missed over a year of tennis as he also dealt with multiple injuries.  Much like Del Potro, Kokkinakis contemplated if his injuries would prevent him from returning to the court.  The young Australian is now back and finally feeling healthy again, which was evident as he upset Milos Raonic at Queen’s Club.  It’s a shame for these two men that they were drawn to play each other in the first round, but it will be a delight for fans who arrive early to take in this first match of the day on No.2 Court.

Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Jelena Jankovic

Second up on No.2 Court will be these two veteran defensive specialists, both of whom have seen their results drop off in recent years.  Radwanska is a former world number two who has been a fixture in the top ten for a decade.  Wimbledon has been her strongest major, as she was a finalist in 2012 and reached the semifinals on two other occasions.  Radwanska is only 11-10 in 2017 with no titles.  She was upset in her only grass court warm-up match by American Lauren Davis.  Jankovic’s ranking has slipped outside the top fifty, as her defensive game has not aged very well.  Jelena is only 8-15 on the year, and hasn’t been past the fourth round at a major in over four years.  However, Jankovic ousted Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon in 2015, so she knows how pull off the upset on the lawns of the All England Club.  Radwanska holds a 7-2 career edge against Jankovic, including a victory two years ago in the Wimbledon fourth round.  This should be a fun contest featuring a lot of long, grinding points, with Radwanska favored to prevail.

Novak Djokovic vs. Martin Klizan

Djokovic arrives at the All England Club alongside new coaches Andre Agassi and Mario Ancic.  Both seem like smart additions to his team, but will it be enough to help turn Djokovic’s results around?   It was at last year’s Wimbledon where his dip in play began, as he was upset in the third round by Sam Querrey.  Novak usually does not play between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but he entered and won the tournament in Eastbourne last week in an effort to get some momentum going. The left-handed Klizan can be a tricky opponent, but should not pose any threat to Novak.  All eyes will be on three-time champion and his level of confidence.

Roger Federer vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov

Federer arrives as the favourite of many pundits to win his eighth Wimbledon title.  Roger is 24-2 in 2017 with four titles, most notably winning his eighteenth major at the Australian Open.  Dolgopolov has slipped to number eighty in the world, but is a streaky player who can be extremely frustrating to play against when he’s on.  The Ukrainian did win a title earlier this year, defeating Kei Nishikori in the final of Buenos Aries.  Dolgopolov plays with a lot of spin and can hit a lot of winners.  This should be entertaining, but in the end should be business as usual for Roger Federer on Centre Court.

Dominic Thiem vs. Vasek Pospisil

This is a dangerous first round draw for Thiem.  He comes into Wimbledon having played a ton of tennis in the first six months of 2017.  He went 1-2 in the grass court warm-ups, and is only 2-3 lifetime at Wimbledon.  Pospisil was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon two years ago.  He has struggled since that career achievement, but has shown some better form this year.  He defeated world number one Andy Murray in Indian Wells, and won six matches in the grass court warm-ups over the past few weeks.  It would not be shocking to see the eighth seed upset in this last match of the day on No.1 Court.

Tuesday’s order of play

Centre Court 1pm start

A KERBER (Ger, 1) v I Falconi (US); M Klizan (Svk) v N DJOKOVIC (Ser, 2); A Dolgopolov (Ukr) v R FEDERER (Swi, 3)

No1 Court 1pm

M RAONIC (Can, 6) v J-L Struff (Ger); K PLISKOVA (Cz, 3) v E Rodina (Rus); D THIEM (Aut, 8) v V Pospisil (Can)

No2 Court 11.30am

JM DEL POTRO (Arg, 29) v T Kokkinakis (Aus); A RADWANSKA (Pol, 9) v J Jankovic (Ser); J Chardy (Fr) v T BERDYCH (Cz, 11); O Jabeur (Tun) v S KUZNETSOVA (Rus, 7)

No3 Court 11.30am

K Edmund (GB) v A Ward (GB); E Alexandrova (Rus) v G MUGURUZA (Sp, 14); E Donskoy (Rus) v A ZVEREV (Ger, 10); K MLADENOVIC (Fr, 12) v P Parmentier (Fr)

Court 12 11.30am

R GASQUET (Fr, 22) v D Ferrer (Sp); K Boulter (GB)v C McHale (US); G DIMITROV (Bul, 13) v D Schwartzman (Arg); O Dodin (Fr) v L SAFAROVA (Cz, 32)

Court 18 11.30am

M Barthel (Ger) v C VANDEWEGHE (US, 24); G MONFILS (Fr, 15) v D Brands (Ger); J Ward (GB) v M Baghdatis (Cyp)

Court Four 11.30am

M Youzhny (Rus) v N Mahut (Fr); Han Xinyun (Chn) v Z Diyas (Kaz); S Rogers (US) v J Boserup (US)

Court Five 11.30am

T Maria (Ger) v A Potapova (Rus); J Thompson (Aus) v A RAMOS-VIñOLAS (Sp, 25); S Tsitsipas (Gre) v D Lajovic (Ser); T Pironkova (Bul) v S Errani (It)

Court Six 11.30am

M Kukushkin (Kaz) v T Daniel (Jpn); D Allertova (Cz) v R Ozaki (Jpn); R Haase (Neth) v F Tiafoe (US); E Makarova (Rus) v A Van Uytvanck (Bel)

Court Seven 11.30am

S Darcis (Bel) v R Berankis (Lit); P Hercog (Svn) v A Beck (Ger); L Tsurenko (Ukr) v J Görges (Ger); J Tipsarevic (Ser) v J Donaldson (US)

Court Eight 11.30am

K BERTENS (Neth, 23) v S Cirstea (Rom); L DAVIS (US, 28) v V Lepchenko (US); J SOCK (US, 17) v C Garin (Chl); H Zeballos (Arg) v P LORENZI (It, 32)

Court Nine 11.30am

A Pavlasek (Cz) v E Escobedo (US); Y Wickmayer (Bel) v K Bondarenko (Ukr); B Coric (Cro) v R Harrison (US); K Kucova (Svk) v B Andreescu (Can)

Court 11 11.30am

M Linette (Pol) v B Mattek-Sands (US); V Golubic (Swi) v ZHANG SHUAI (Chn, 30); D KASATKINA (Rus, 29) v Zheng Saisai (Chn); D Sela (Isr) v M Granollers (Sp)

Court 14 11.30am

M ZVEREV (Ger, 27) v B Tomic (Aus); D GAVRILOVA (Aus, 20) v P Martic (Cro); A Riske (US) v S Stephens (US); TH Fritz (US) v J ISNER (US, 23)

Court 15 11.30am

M Niculescu (Rom) v M Rybarikova (Svk); A Rublev (Rus) v S Travaglia (It); T Bellucci (Br) v P Ofner (Aut)

Court 16 11.30am

E Gulbis (Lat) v V Estrella Burgos (Dom); K Flipkens (Bel) v M Doi (Jpn); Y Sugita (Jpn) v B Klein (GB)

Court 17 11.30am

A Rodionova (Aus) v A PAVLYUCHENKOVA (Rus, 16); G Simon (Fr) v N Jarry (Chl); L Arruabarrena (Sp) v A Kontaveit (Est); A Mannarino (Fr) v F LóPEZ (Sp, 19)

To be arranged (Not before 5pm)

T Babos (Hun) v C WOZNIACKI (Den, 5); M Puig (Pue) v T BACSINSZKY (Swi, 19)

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Dominic Thiem rallies from one set down against Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the final at Thiem’s 7 in Kitzbuhel

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Dominic Thiem came back from losing the first set to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-2 en route to reaching the final at the Thiem’s 7 tournament. Thiem earned two breaks in the third and fifth games to race out to a 4-1 lead. Bautista Agut got both breaks back in the sixth and eighth games to draw level to 4-4 forcing the match to the tie-break. The Spanish player won the tie-break 7-5 to take the opening set.

 

Thiem slowly found his rhythm again in the second set and earned two break points in the fourth game but he was not able to convert them. The home star dropped only two points on his serve until the end of the second set and converted two of the three break points to clinch the second set 6-2.

Thiem earned a break in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead and held on his next service games. The tournament organizer sealed the third set 6-2 with his double break with a blistering return on the match point in the eighth game securing his spot in the final. Thiem will face either Andrey Rublev or Matteo Berrettini in the final.

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Former Roland Garros champions and five top 20 players to highlight a great edition of the Ladies Open in Palermo

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The Ladies Open WTA International in Palermo will be the first tournament to be held next August since last February.

 

The Italian tournament will feature a great line-up which includes two confirmed past Roland Garros champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Ostapenko and five top 20 players. There is a good chance that 2018 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep could be added in the field.

“We are glad about Simona Halep’s great interest in Palermo Ladies Open. We will be waiting for her at the Country Club for an historic edition of the Palermo tournament. We have been in contact with Halep’s manager for some time. We have been talking for days about her potential participation in Palermo. She is one of the best players in the world and her presence would contribute to make an already high-level tournament extrahordinary. We will leave our doors open to her for as long as possible, as well as for other top ten players that will want to resume their season in Palermo”, said tournament’s CEO Oliviero Palma.

The other stars who have signed up to the Ladies Open are 2019 Roland Garros champion Marketa Vondrousova, two Grand Slam semifinalists Elise Mertens (2018 Australian Open) and Anastasija Sevastova (2018 US Open), Aryna Sabalenka (winner at the Wuhan Open in 2018 and 2019, WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai in 2019 and Doha in 2020) and Elina Rybakina (winner in Hobart and finalist in St. Petersburg and Dubai in 2020), Dayana Yastremska (winner of three tournaments in Hong Kong in 2018, Thailand and Strasbourg in 2019).

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Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova lift the titles in Perugia

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Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova won the Zzz Quill Tennis Tour in Perugia. Sonego followed up his Italian title won the previous week in Todi with a 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 win over Croatia’s Viktor Galovic (world number 269 and number 7 seed) in the final of the Perugia tournament.

 

“Galovic started very well. It was difficult to adjust to his game and improve during the match. I maintained the right attitude and I managed to win the title. I enjoyed two fantastic weeks in Todi and Perugia. This confirmed my good work in training in the past two weeks. I gave my best and I am confident for the rest of the season”, said Sonego.

World number 117 Liudmila Samsonova won the women’s title came back from one set down to beat world number 307 Stefania Rubini 4-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6) in the women’s final after saving two match points.

“I won a very tough final with a lot of ups and downs. I am happy that I played many matches. It was one of my goals on the eve of the tournament. I showed that I am able to keep the level of my tennis high, when I play focused”, said Samsonova.   

 

 

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