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Wimbledon Daily Preview: Italians Sinner and Berrettini Square Off

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Jannik Sinner on Monday (twitter.com/Wimbledon)

Day 3 at The Championships sees the beginning of second round singles play, as well as the beginning of both men’s and women’s doubles play.  And a number of first round singles matches are also still to be completed due to rain on Tuesday.

Five years ago, Matteo Berrettini quickly rose throughthe tennis ranks and became Italy’s best player.  He is a three-time Major semifinalist, and even advanced to the championship match at the 2021 edition of The Championships.  But injuries have derailed his career the past two seasons, and in his absence, Jannik Sinner made his own surge, surpassing Berrettini’s achievements.  Across the past 12 months, Sinner has clearly been the best male singles player in the world, and won his first Major six months ago in Melbourne.  On Wednesday, Italy’s best will meet in a blockbuster second round matchup on Centre Court.

Also on Day 3, a pair of Major champions fighting to rediscover their top form after long absences, Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu, play a pair of seeded players having breakout seasons in 2024: Emma Navarro and Linda Noskova, respectively.  Plus, two of the sport’s most popular elder statesmen, Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils, will face off in the second round. 

Other second round singles action on Wednesday includes Major champions Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Coco Gauff, and Emma Raducanu.

Throughout the tournament, this preview will analyze the day’s four most prominent matches, while highlighting the other notable matches on the schedule.  Wednesday’s play begins at 11:00am local time.


Bianca Andreescu vs. Linda Noskova (26) – Second on Court 18

This is just the fourth tournament since last August for the perpetually-injured Andreescu.  The latest setback for the 2019 US Open champ was a back injury.  However, she has quickly rounded back into some impressive form.  Bianca won two rounds of her first event back at Roland Garros, then advanced to the final of ‘s-Hertogenbosch on grass, after defeating Naomi Osaka in the quarterfinals.

19-year-old Noskova’s breakout moment took place six months ago in Melbourne, where she upset World No.1 Iga Swiatek in the third round.  However, Linda has struggled mightily since that quarterfinal run, as she hasn’t won back-to-back matches since February.   

Both players won their opening rounds in straights, so they’ll be fresh for their first career meeting.  And despite missing most of the past year, I favor Andreescu on Wednesday, as she’s won more matches within just the past six weeks than Noskova has within the last three months.


Naomi Osaka (WC) vs. Emma Navarro (19) – Second on Centre Court

Osaka is now 16-12 since returning from maternity leave at the beginning of the year.  And while a big result is yet to come, she’s been right on the verge of one, especially in Paris where she was just one point away from upsetting eventual champion Iga Swiatek.  On Monday, Naomi earned her first victory at Wimbledon since 2019, in a three-setter against Diane Parry of France.

Navarro got off to an excellent start in 2024, going 20-7 between January and March, and winning a title in Hobart.  That came on the heels of winning 64 matches at all levels in 2023.  Her results have simmered a bit the last few months, though she did achieve a semifinal just last week on grass in Bad Homburg.  Emma dropped only two games in the first round against Qiang Wang of China.

In another first-time meeting on the day, I give the edge to the power of Osaka.  While grass is not her strongest surface, Navarro is far from an expert on it either, having played just 11 tour-level matches on grass in her career. 


Stan Wawrinka vs. Gael Monfils – Third on No.2 Court

Wimbledon is by far the weakest Major in the long careers of both 39-year-old Wawrinka and 37-year-old Monfils.  And neither arrive at SW19 in strong form: Stan is just 4-8 this season at tour level, while Gael had lost six of his last nine matches before a semifinal run last week in Mallorca.  However, both are yearning for just a little bit more Grand Slam glory in the twilight of their storied careers.

On Monday, Wawrinka won in straight sets over a British wild card ranked 248th in the world.  Monfils required four sets to prevail, but he faced much more considerable opposition in the 22nd seed, Adrian Mannarino.  Stan is looking to reach the third round of The Championships for the second straight year, while Gael has not done so since 2018.

Their history dates all the way back to 2007, and they have split six prior encounters.  Based on the Frenchman’s grass court form this past week, I favor Monfils to claim this battle of veterans.  His speed remains a huge weapon, and will force Wawrinka to hit a lot of extra shots.  Plus, Stan is mostly lacking in confidence with so few wins in his recent past.


Jannik Sinner (1) vs. Matteo Berrettini – Third on Centre Court

Since the beginning of The Championships a year ago, Sinner is an astounding 71-8, with seven singles titles.  And that doesn’t include leading Italy to a Davis Cup crown at the end of last season.  It all started with achieving his first Major semifinal 12 months ago in London.  In the opening round on Monday, he overcame a tough first round draw, Yannick Hanfmann, in four sets.

Berrettini also prevailed in four sets in his opening round, against a tough draw of his own, former Wimbledon quarterfinalist Marton Fucsovics.  However, Matteo was treated during that match for a back issue.  Injuries continue to plague the career of the 28-year-old, as this is just his sixth tour-level event since suffering a bad ankle injury at last summer’s US Open.  He’s now 5-2 on grass on 2024.

Their only previous meeting occurred this past August in Canada, where Sinner won 6-4, 6-3.  Berrettini is the more accomplished grass court player, but he’ll need to serve a significantly high percentage of first serves to prevent the World No.1 from attacking with his penetrating return game.  And with Matteo light on matches and still not 100% healthy, Jannik is the favorite to advance.


Other Notable Matches on Wednesday:

Anca Todoni (Q) vs. Coco Gauff (2) – Gauff dropped just three games in the first round, at the only Major where she is yet to reach a quarterfinal in singles.  Todoni is a 19-year-old Romanian qualifier who on Monday won her first-ever match at a Major. 

Alexandre Muller vs. Daniil Medvedev (5) – Medvedev also won comfortably in his opening round, and has won his last 19 second round matches at Slams.  Muller’s victory on Monday was only the second of his career in the main draw of a grass court tournament.

Carlos Alcaraz (3) vs. Aleksandar Vukic – Alcaraz started his title defense with a straight-set win to open Centre Court play on Day 1.  By contrast, Vukic required a fifth-set tiebreak to get past Sebastian Ofner on an outer court.

Emma Raducanu (WC) vs. Elise Mertens – Raducanu is vying to reach the third round of a Major for the first time since her 2021 US Open title run, as she’s lost her last five matches in this round at this level.  Mertens once had an 18-match win streak in this round of Majors, and she’s advanced to the championship match of Wimbledon in women’s doubles the last three years.


Wednesday’s full Order of Play is here.

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Matteo Berrettini battles past Alejandro Tabilo to reach the quarter final in Kitzbuehl

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Matteo Berrettini beat second seed Alejandro Tabilo 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the quarter final at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehl. 

Berrettini has extended his winning streak to seven consecutive matches following his second title of the year in Gstaad against Quentin Halys. The Italian player won 79% of his first service points.  

Berrettini went up 2-2 0-30 but Tabilo hit two aces to hold  serve. Tabilo led 30-15 at 3-4, but Berrettini hit three aces to hold serve. Berrettini earned his first mini-break to take a 5-4 lead after a double fault from Tabilo and won the final two points to close out the tie-break 7-4. 

Tabilo saved four break points in the second game from 0-40 down to hold serve at deuce. Berrettini went up a break in the eight game to take a 5-2 lead. The Italian player was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, as Tabilo broke back in the 10th game. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Berrettini earned two mini-breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Tabilo pulled one mini-break back, but Berrettini sealed the win on his third match point.

“Having the chance to just play, feeling good and healthy, fighting for matches is just what I wanted for so many matches. So I am enjoying it and I am looking forward for my next match”, said Berrettini.

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Jannik Sinner Withdraws From Olympics Due To Tonsillitis

Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

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World number one Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

The Italian was well placed to win a medal in Paris but has now had to withdraw from the games due to illness.

It was supposed to be his first Olympics as he was set to be the top seed in both singles and doubles.

However Sinner seems to still be struggling from his health problems that he had at Wimbledon in his quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev.

In a statement on Twitter Sinner said he was strongly advised to miss the Olympics and will now watch from home.

Sinner will now be replaced in the singles draw by Andrea Vavassori while Luciano Darderi will now team up with Lorenzo Musetti in doubles.

Now Sinner aims to be healthy in time for his title defence in Canada which starts on the 5th of August.

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Coco Gauff ‘Proud’ Of Being Named Olympic Flagbearer alongside Lebron James

Coco Gauff will be the US flagbearer alongside Lebron James at the opening ceremony in Paris.

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Coco Gauff has explained her pride about being named Olympic flagbearer alongside NBA legend Lebron James.

The American found out when Christopher Eubanks revealed the news to Gauff and the rest of the US tennis team in a video that was posted on Instagram.

It was news that came as a shock to Gauff who is set to make her first appearance at the Olympics.

The incredible news got better as she will be flagbearer alongside idol and NBA legend Lebron James.

Speaking about the news Gauff spoke about the pride she feels and how the Olympics is one of her goals for the season, “I still feel like this is all a dream.” Gauff said to Vogue.

“There is no greater honor than being chosen by my fellow athletes to be this year’s flag bearer, especially alongside one of my idols, Lebron. I would say the biggest things on there are to win another Slam, and a medal at the Olympics.”

Gauff is in a good position to win a medal at the Olympics and will be full of confidence heading into the event having reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros, where the Olympic tennis event is being played.

Now the American gets to complete her Olympic experience by having a moment of a lifetime alongside one of America’s all-time great athletes, “I never thought in a million years I would have the honour of carrying the American flag for Team USA in the Opening Ceremony,” Gauff stated.

“I could not be more proud to lead my teammates with LeBron as we showcase our dedication and passion on the biggest stage there is — at a moment where we can bring athletes and fans together from around the world.”

The opening ceremony will take place on Friday evening while the tennis event gets underway on Saturday.

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