It was one of the more anti-climactic days thus far at Wimbledon, with not too many exciting matches or upsets. But at The Tennis Nerds, we thrive on the so-called “boring” days of tennis!
Murray Strong to Quite Strong- In his first real test thus far, Andy Murray passed with flying colors. His opponent, Tommy Robredo, is playing some of the best tennis of his life at 31, and he was on top form coming into the match. He had no answer for Murray however, who dominated in a straight sets victory. The final scoreline was 6-2 6-4 7-5, but the match was never really in doubt. Murray returned exceptionally well, winning 64% of Robredo’s second serve points. The pressure seemed to have no effect on him, but we’ll see if that changes as the tournament goes on.
Jerzy Looking to Make a Deep Run- Jerzy Janowicz pulled off a minor upset over Nico Almagro Friday, but many people including myself thought that Jerzy would win this match. The most surprising thing was how easily he won it. Jerzy usually has some lapses in concentration, but today he was rock solid mentally. He won in straight sets 7-6(6) 6-3 6-4. Pretty impressive for him to break the spaniards serve that many times, as Almagro is currently the tour leader in aces. Janowicz huge serve serves him very on the grass, and his flat groundstrokes react well to the surface. He has a real shot to make the semi’s of a slam at only 22 years of age.
Haas Quietly Taking Care of Business- Tommy Haas is back inside the top 15 in the world, and he has quietly taken care of business thus far. He took out Jimmy Wang in his postponed second round match by a score of 6-3 6-2 7-5. He’s made the semi’s here before, and grass may be his favorite surface. His awesome one-handed backhand excels on the surface because of how early he takes the ball. His strong serve and nice slice fare well also. Look for him to set a blockbuster quarter with Novak Djokovic.
My Picks- This Wacky Wimbledon has not treated my picks well. I successfully picked Jerzy over Nice, but whiffed on Dustin Brown. Overall, I was 3 for 4, but 4 matches were postponed due to rain.