Wimbledon 2015 – My highlights: Day Two
One of the most interesting matches of the day was the encounter between Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Tsonga is seeded 13 this year and Muller is currently ranked 43 in the world but as it often is in tennis rankings don't necessarily decide the winner. The match went on to 5 sets, the first two ending in tiebreaks with Tsonga finally winning the match in 5th set 6:2. Muller played well, very well at times, but I think it's that overall confidence that Tsonga has that helped him get across the finish line. Long rallies are not his thing and his backhand is not always working but mentally he is a very strong player. And you know what the best players in the game say, you can have all the weapons at your disposal but if you're not tough enough mentally you won't reach the top. Think of Serena, Novak, Nadal, Roger – even at times when their game is not 100% there, their heads always are. Quality of a champion, no doubt. But going back to Tsonga – interesting fact: the first brake in the match came after over two hours of play! He had to go the distance but what nice win for Jo. Second round awaits.
The ladies no. 2 seed Petra Kvitova won her match in just 35 minutes winning all 100% first serve points. Solid start from the defending champion. Men singles players Rafael Nadal and no. 2 seed Roger Federer also recorded straight set wins.
Spanish battle between Pablo Andujar and no. 29 seed Guillermo Garcia - Lopez went on to five sets and it was Andujar who defeated Garcia – Lopez. Surely a bit of an upset, right?
A major upset in Women's Draw happened on Court no. 1 were Jana Cepelova from Slovakia ranked no. 106 defeated last year's semi-finalist and world no. 3 Simona Halep.
Eugenie Bouchard's fall from the top is continuing, seeded no. 12, last year's runner-up was also eliminated today, lost to Ying-Ying Duan of China, currently world no. 117. I don't know what's happening with Eugenie, is it her body or is it her mind but something is not working for her.
When the match between Heather Watson and Caroline Garcia got suspended last night I was worried it would work against Heather. Caroline was all over the place and lost her focus and I thought it would have been easier for Heather to win if the match had continued right then and there. It was great to see her bring some good tennis to the court today. Solid play from the British no. 1. Round 2 awaits.
Andy Murray played his first match on Centre Court today and let me tell you, MurrayMania is in the air. Everyone's talking about Andy, everyone one's thinking about Andy, everyone at home wants him to win. And today he took the first step. He played a solid match against Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. Although it was a comfortable 3 set victory, he was pushed at times, especially when he wasn't able to serve out the second set which ended in a tiebreak. Andy went on to win it 7:3. I haven't seen Andy move so well in a long time, physically he is up to a challenge, if he manages to stay calm and deals well with pressure and everyone's expectations he can go very far in this tournament. After all Billie Jean King says - „Pressure is privilege”.
Gael Monfils put a show on Court no. 3. He defeated Pablo Carreno Busta (world no. 66) in straight set but in his usual style. The trick shots where there, jumping was there, falling on the ground in a spectacular manner was there. Yes, he is a showman, but can any of you honestly tell me that he's not entertaining to watch? Physically he's one of the best players, if he can get more consistency into his game he could do much better on ATP World Tour.
Last but not least, an epic evening encounter between Tomas Berdych (seeded no. 6) and Jeremy Chardy. Berdych won the first set easily 6:2 but next three sets all ended in tiebreaks. Both players showed off some brilliant tennis skills. Jeremy Chardy was often coming from behind to level the game yet was so calm and focused. He put his heart out there on court today but he sure can leave Wimbledon with his head held high, it was a tough and tight match, Berdych's confidence and experience helped him advance to the second round.
Day Two of the Championships was full of surprises, tears, laughter, entertaining matches, great wins, tough losses, huge upsets. I can only hope it gets better and better as the week goes on. Good night, tennis fans!