Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wimbledon first check in

Photo by Flickr user epredator used under a Creative Commons license.

I'm just going to follow up the main story lines that I outlined in my primer.

The big three all rolled through their first round opponents, except for Djokovic, who dropped his first set. Novak is down a set right now against former Australian Open winner Marat Safin, so maybe we've been singing his praises too early. Roger looked as sharp as ever, so I don't think anyone's going to be lining up to face him any time soon.

Roddick and Murray both handled the first round with relative ease. Davydenko, the main (read: only) threat in Roddick's quarter of the draw, bowed out early, leaving James Blake as the only thing between Roddick and the semi-finals.

The biggest upsets of the first round resulted in Davydenko (4) and Nalbandian (7) heading home early. I don't expect either of their upsetters to advance as far as another two rounds, so no Cinderella stories there.

Ancic won his first round match, and we will keep an eye on how that story develops.

Matches to watch in the second round: Djokovic vs. Safin (now), Robredo vs. Haas, Andreev vs. Ferrer, Gulbis vs. Nadal, Roddick vs. Tipsaveric.