Greg Rusedski blog – I can’t wait for second week of Wimbledon

July 2, 2012

The first week of the Wimbledon Championships, on the men’s side, ended up being one of the most exciting of all time.

There were major upsets, epic matches, and conspiracy theories. The biggest upset in over a decade happened in the second round of the men’s singles when Rafa Nadal, many people’s pick for the championship, lost to the unheralded Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.

Rosol played old-fashioned grass court tennis to beat Rafa in five sets. Rosol played the match of his life and everybody was getting very excited by the Czech player. In the tennis community it was considered a one-off and everyone predicted Rosol to lose in the next round which he did. This result could go down as the biggest shock ever at Wimbledon due to Rafa’s form coming into the championships and also because the top four never lose before the quarter-finals on a worst case scenario.

This loss will hurt Nadal, but I expect him to bounce back and get a medal at the Olympics at Wimbledon this summer. With Nadal going out in the second round, everyone now believes Andy Murray will make his first Wimbledon final. Murray made it through to the second week but had a lot of things go his way in week one.

Andy’s second round match against Ivo Karlovic went his way with Karlovic being called for 11 foot faults during key moments of the match. In Karlovic’s news conference he insinuated that it was a little convenient that the foot faults were called against home hope Murray since he hadn’t been called for any at Queens Club or in his first round match.

In Murray’s next match, Hawk-Eye saved him from Marcos Baghdatis serving for the first set. Had Hawk-Eye not been used to overrule that call on break point, Murray would have probably lost the first set which could have been costly in the match. Goran Ivanisevic suggested that because of the windy conditions, Hawk-Eye had gotten the call wrong.

From his view point, the ball was out when Hawk-Eye had called it in.

Murray’s next opponent Marian Cilic won in the second longest match in Wimbledon history, prevailing 17-15 in the fifth set against Sam Querrey.

This gives Murray a huge edge because Cilic will not recover in time to put up much of a fight on Monday. These little bits of good fortune help you get through and also give you a belief that it could be your year.

Roger Federer nearly went out in the third round against Julian Benneteau from France the day after Nadal fell. Federer fought back to win in five sets, after losing the first two. The atmosphere was electric and people were thinking lightning could strike twice; which obviously didn’t happen.

It is hard to believe that the organisers played all the centre court matches on day five with the roof closed when there was only 15 minutes of rain all day. This is supposed to be an outdoor major and Wimbledon cannot give the players the opportunity for perfect conditions when there is no rain.

That was clearly a big mistake from Wimbledon and unfair to all the players outside of centre court.

There have been no problems for Novak Djokovic in week one. He looks like defending his Wimbledon title. On the men’s side expect the semi-finals to be Federer versus Djokovic, and Murray versus Tsonga. It looks like it is going to be a Djokovic versus Murray final. Can you imagine the centre court crowd if Murray was to get to a Wimbledon final?

The crowd will play a big roll if Murray is to win his first major. If he is to do so he must use the crowd, start matches better and play more aggressive. I can’t wait for the second week of Wimbledon.

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