Top seeds barely break a sweat
Defending champ, Rafael Nadal, and six-time champ, Roger Federer, cruised through their first three matches without dropping a set while 2nd seed Novak Djokovic didn’t face much more competition on his way to the second week. More surprising was the arrival of 18-year-old Australian qualifier, Bernard Tomic, the youngest player into the 4th round since Michael Chang and Goran Ivanisevic in 1990. Tomic has been practicing with Djokovic lately, who praises the Aussie’s game, but has expressed some doubts about the long-term prospects of any athlete nicknamed “Bernie”.
Isner-Mahut II falls well short of expectations
In the completely unanticipated 1st round rematch of last year’s historic five-set marathon, John Isner once again beat Nicolas Mahut, this time in straight sets. With odds pitting the two unseeded players against each other in the 1st round at just above impossible, most were stunned to see the pair meeting again. Unlike last year the match held very little drama. Just like last year beating Mahut was nothing more than a stepping stone to Heathrow for Isner who bowed out again in the 2nd round. When reached on a beach somewhere for comment, Todd Phillips, director of The Hangover 2 said: “See? Sequels are tough. Just because you get the same guys together and overhype the hell out of it doesn’t mean it’s going to be worth a damn. Although I do think the match would have been a little better with a monkey and some transvestites.”
Murray keeps British hopes alive
Despite a shaky opening set in the 1st round, and a tense 3rd round four-setter, Andy Murray is safely through to the second week of Wimbledon. The last two times Murray played his 4th round opponent, Richard Gasquet (2008 Wimbledon and 2010 Roland Garros), he rallied from two-set deficits to win in five. It is rumored that if Murray manages to win Wimbledon the Queen will reward him with knighthood, a castle in Edinburgh, and the keys to Pippa.
Andy Roddick gets bounced in the 3rd round
Roddick, a three-time finalist at Wimbledon, lost in straight-sets to Feliciano Lopez, the first time he has dropped a match to the Spaniard in eight tries. In his last five Slams Roddick has failed to make it passed the 4th round, adding to speculation that the nearly 29-year-old is sliding from contender status. With the low hurdle of Lukasz Kubot standing in his way in the 4th round, the nearly 30-year-old Lopez has an excellent shot at reaching his third Wimbledon quarterfinal. Much was made of Lopez’s looks before the Roddick match: In a series of tweets Andy Murray’s mum (disturbingly) referred to him as “Deliciano”, and broadcaster Justin Gimelstob declared Lopez would have better results if he didn’t spend so much time looking in the mirror. After the victory Lopez gave Gimelstob what for with a tweet of his own: “Its funny when people like justin gimelstob talks bullshit without knowing me at all. he did not learn what respect means as a kid.” Gimelstob tweeted an apology saying his comments were taken out of context. He also said he was about to have dinner with Mardy Fish and would not be picking up the tab, disappointed he’d be missing his regular tee-time with Pete Sampras at Riviera CC, and really looking forward to buttering up Lindsay and Martina during his next broadcast.
Mardy Fish makes first Wimbledon round of 16
Even with his huge serve and comfort around the net, Fish had never made it any further than the 3rd round in his previous eight visits to Wimbledon. The highest-ranked and last-standing American male faces last year’s finalist, Tomas Berdych, in the 4th round. When asked about the accomplishment, Fish said he was proud but still hasn’t been able to get his mind off a completely different topic. “Can someone explain to me the season finale of The Killing? When Wimbledon is over next Sunday, everybody is going to know who the winner is. That’s how it works. If the season is built around revealing Rosie’s killer, you can’t make the audience wait until the next season to find out who it is. It’s just manipulative. I hate myself for watching that show.”