The first week of Wimbledon has been and gone, the pre-tournament favourites on both the men and women’s draw remain in-tact and are looking good to go all of the way but the fun really starts here.
Of course, to say that all of favourites in the build-up to the Championships are still firing is somewhat harsh on the likes of Rafael Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champion. However, the fact is that the Spaniard’s second-round loss to Dustin Brown wasn’t out of the blue. The former world no.1 has had a terrible 12 months and has now failed early in his last four attempts at SW19.
Nonetheless, Nadal’s early capitulation is arguably the story of the tournament so far, though it would have been surpassed if one of Andy Murray, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic had suffered the same fate.
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The trio are acres and acres beyond their challengers, in terms of skill, expectation and grace, even though the French Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka remains on-song; his past Wimbledon record suggests he will not be able to repeat his Paris heroics this side of the English Channel.
No, it seems highly likely that Federer, Murray and Djokovic will make-up three of the four semi-finalists. Who will join them though? One of the up-and-coming youngsters perhaps? – Certainly not Kei Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov or Milos Raonic.
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Fears over where the future Grand Slam champions will come from will not have subsided in the wake of the trio’s failure to make the second week in London. There is just one it would seem; Raonic’s run came to an early end in round three and it was Nick Kyrgios who sent him packing.
Kyrgios is a fiery young Australian and while he may rub some people up the wrong way, his talent is undeniable and could cause some shocks moving through the rounds; 12 months ago he announced himself to the world by defeating Nadal at Wimbledon, can he win it this time?
Moving to the women's game, how on earth do you look beyond Serena Williams right now? With Petra Kvitova now gone, surely there is only one winner.
Looking for a Calendar Grand Slam, the 20-time Major winner edged her way into a third-round encounter with Heather Watson, in what turned out to be the most eye-catching match so far.
Williams found her match in Watson, the British no.1, and, in somewhat unchartered territory, found herself against the whole Centre Court crowd who cheered all evening in the hope that the homegirl would upset the odds.
Serena kept her cool and overcome a book obstacle in the process – it would be foolish to bet against her now, even with Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova still alive and kicking.
So will it be all plain sailing for the top seeds in week two of Wimbledon? Let us know what you think.
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