We’ve cover the big story of the day, Steve Darcis, but what about every body else? Here’s is our day 1 recap.
Federer Opens Title Defense In Style- Roger Federer has never had trouble with Victor Hanescu in the past, and he certainly had no trouble today. He played some very solid tennis in a routine 6-3 6-2 6-0 win. He served well, and used his backhand slice very effectively to always keep Hanescu on the back foot. He broke Hanescu’s serve in the first game of every set, and never looked back. Perhaps the biggest story is the unofficial warning given to Roger for too much color on his shoes. He reportedly was given a warning by Wimbledon for the bright orange on the outsole of his shoes. Next up for Roger is Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Murray Sharp- Benjamin Becker played Murray at Queen’s a couple weeks ago, but Murray cruised to a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory monday. His match was overshadowed by the Nadal match, which went on at the same time. Murray played well, playing very agressive off of both wings. His serve was good, but his second serve was pretty weak, usually around 80 MPH and landing short in the box. He usually hits better second serves when he needs to though. He will play Lu in the second round.
Hewitt Vintage In Upset- Lleyton Hewitt has struggled with his body for the last 4 years or so, and he has compensated by playing shorter points and playing more agressive. However, he was back to vintage form today in another upset over Stan Wawrinka, the world #10. Wawrinka was very much in form coming in to the match, but his forehand was broken down by the consistency of Hewitt. Rusty’s passion and energy were evident by his signature “Come On’s” and even a couple “Vamos” yells. With Nadal out, Hewitt has a great chance to get to the Quarterfinals.
My Picks- I was 24 out of 32 on day 1. I think that’s pretty good! My highlight picks included Troicki over Tispy, Melzer over Fognini and Dustin Brown over Guillermo Garcia Lopez.
Coming Up- I’ll preview day 2, and make my picks!