Day 3 & Day 4: June 27 & 28, 2012
Roger Federer sailed past the unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of Wimbledon 2012. The former world no. 1 dropped just six games against Fognini to swiftly progress to the next round. He was in absolute control, producing 35 winners and winning 6 out of 8 break points. He is up against Julien Benneteau of France in round three.
Fifth seeded Australian, Samantha Stosur suffered a shock second round defeat at the hands of little known Arantxa Rus. Stosur, who has never gone past the third round of the Wimbledon, was knocked out 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 by the unseeded Dutch player. Caroline Wozniacki was another top seeded casualty on Wednesday. The seventh seed provided a tough fight to Austria’s Tamira Paszek but slipped to 7-5, 6-7, 4-6 defeat in the first round.
In what was perhaps the biggest upset in the recent past, 100th seed Lukas Rosol quelled the French open champion Rafael Nadal 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round. Rosol has never progressed past the first round of Wimbledon in the last five years and managed to win only 18 of his 50 ATP Tour matches. On the other hand, his opponent Rafa has never faced the humiliation of exiting from the second round of a Grand Slam since 2005.
Day 2: Tuesday June 26, 2012
Runner up in the last year’s edition, Rafael Nadal kick-started his Wimbledon quest by defeating Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 7-6(7), 6-2, 6-3. Made to work hard for his victory, the Spaniard found himself trailing Bellucci 0-4 in the first set. But he scripted a sensational comeback tale to take the set to the tie-breaker and eventually win it. From this point, there was no stopping Rafa as he claimed the next two sets in just over an hour to progress to round two, where Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic awaits him.
Andy Murray quickly got down to business against the Russian Nikolay Davydenko. In front of a cheerful home crowd, he played an elegant and razor-sharp game to defeat Davydenko 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 in little over ninety minutes. He looked completely transformed from the man who struggled with fitness and form during the French Open and the Queen’s championship.
In a thrilling five-setter that stretched for more than three hours, probably one of the longest games of round one, Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany prevailed over fellow countryman and former world no. 2 Tommy Haas 3-6, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2. Mardy Fish, the 10th seeded American, was made to sweat for his 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 first-round win by Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain. Fifth seed Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga sent the former Australian open champion packing 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round.
Reigning Wimbledon champion and world no. 4 Petra Kvitova sent a strong warning to her rivals as she beat Akgul Amanmuradova 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets to set up a second round clash with Elena Baltacha. A day after watching her sister exit early from the competition, Serena Williams vowed to march forward by defeating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4. The sixth seeded American now faces Melinda Czink in the second round.
On day three, Roger Federer is in action against Fabio Fognini on the centre court while Djokovic takes on Ryan Harrison. In the ladies’ section, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska play their respective second round games.
Day 1: Monday June 25, 2012
Defending champion Novak Djokovic began his campaign to retain his Wimbledon crown, in style, by defeating former French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. The Serbian looked hardly troubled in the first round, given that he hasn’t played a single competitive match on grass, since defeating Nadal here in last year’s final. He is next drawn against unseeded American Ryan Harrison in the second round.
Six time Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer, too secured easy passage into the second round. Relegated to Court One, instead of the usual centre court, the third seeded Swiss showed no remorse as he trashed unseeded Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 in less than an hour and a half to set up a second round clash with Fabio Fognini of Italy.
In one of the biggest upsets on day one, Ernests Gulbits of Latvia upstaged sixth seeded Thomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6(5), 7-6(5), 7-6(4). Eighth seeded Janko Tipsarevic defeated the 2002 Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2 while the 11th seed American John Isner lost to Alejandro Fella of Colombia 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-7, 5-7.
Rafael Nadal, the reigning French Open champion, who defeated Djokovic in the final at Roland Garros two weeks ago is pitted against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil in the first round. Andy Murray, who carries all the British hopes on his shoulders, would be hoping to end his nation’s long wait for the Wimbledon crown as he starts his campaign against Russian Nikolay Davydenko.
Among the women, the top seeds faced little opposition in proceeding to round two. World no.1 Maria Sharapova, who recently completed a career slam after sweeping the French Open, extended her winning run as she dispatched the Australian Anastasia Rodionova 6-2, 6-3. In round two, she is up against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, who defeated Vesna Dolonc 5-7, 6-0, 7-5. Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-3.
Former world no. 1 Kim Clistjers, aiming to win her first ever Wimbledon title, defeated Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-4 in the first round and meets Andrea Hlavackova in round two. Venus Williams, who has five Wimbledon titles to her credit, suffered a shock first round defeat at the hands of Elina Vesnina, who easily over-powered the American 6-1, 6-3.
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