The Reuters global sports blog
This year’s Wimbledon Championships had a lot of interesting stories. On the men’s side it was all about the top 4 players in the world. On the ladies it was about Sharapova, the Williams sisters, and whether or not any of the young pretenders could win the Championships.
All of the top 4 cruised into the men’s quarter-finals. Only Rafael Nadal was a bit of a worry hurting his foot against Juan Del Potro in the first set. After the match he said he would have to take painkillers for the rest of the tournament and possibly miss the next 6 weeks after Wimbledon finished. This brought hope that possibly Andy Murray could beat Nadal if they both reached the semi-finals which they both did easily. Expectations were reaching fever pitch now with a real belief Murray could make the finals.
In the other quarter-finals Djokovic was playing the 18-year-old qualifier Bernard Tomic. Tomic was the third youngest player in the history of Wimbledon to make the quarter-finals with only Becker and McEnroe being younger. Djokovic won in 4 tight sets, but Tomic proved he was world class and will be one to look out for in the future.
The match of the quarter-finals everyone was looking forward to was Roger Federer versus Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the Queens Club finalist. Federer played a sublime first two sets and had never ever lost a grand slam match from two sets to love up, but on this occasion Tsonga lifted his game and won the next 3 sets to win in 5.
I have never been a big fan of Maria Sharapova’s tennis. I prefer fellow Russian Dinara Safina, who I like to nickname ‘Marata’ (her brother being Marat Safin).
Many men will prefer Sharapova for reasons other than tennis but Safina can be more enjoyable to watch on court, especially when it’s clay.