After one of the most surprising and dramatic day’s in grand slam history, Thursday at Wimbledon restored order. Novak Djokovic and company most took care of business, with only a couple of upsets on the grass. Let’s get into it!
Djokovic In Control- After seeing so many of the top seeds fall, Djokovic is sure to be focused during his matches, because he knows that the other players now have belief that they can beat the top players. Unfortunately for his opponent today, Bobby Reynolds, the outcome of the match was never really in doubt. Although the first set went to a tiebreak, Djokovic barely lost any points on his serve, and was generating numerous break points of his own. He won the match by a score of 7-6(2) 6-3 6-1. It must be noted that Djokovic was not playing his best on the big points, as he converted only 4 of 18 break point opportunities. He will need that stat to improve if he wants to win the title.
Rain Finally Back- The weather had beed uncharacteristically good for the first 3 and half days, but the rain was bound to come eventually. Tommy Haas and David Ferrer’s matches were both postponed to tomorrow, and many players still have to finish their matches. The most notable of these is Grigor Dimitrov vs Grega Zemlja. Zemlja leads 9-8 in the fifth set of that match, although it’s on serve. Dimitrov needs to come out sharp tomorrow to win that match.
7-8-9- We’ve kind of ignored the 7, 8, and 9 seeds thus far in our previews, but they are quietly going about their business. Tomas Berdych outclassed Daniel Brands in straight sets, and his game looks very good at the moment. After losing first round at the French, the Birdman looks determined. He is in Djokovic’s quarter, and that would be a very good match. Juan Martin Del Potro also won in straight sets today, beating Jesse Levine. He can be dangerous on grass (Bronze metal at Olympics ’12), but he has never reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon. He plays the winner of the Dimitrov match next. Richard Gasquet had a little more trouble than the other two, but he eventually won comfortably in 4 sets over Go Soeda. He could play Berdych in the round of 16.
My Picks- Not such a great day for me. Not all matches completed, but I whiffed pretty bad on Denis Kudla, Milos Raonic, and James Blake. I ended up 7 for 11.