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Wimbledon 2010: Can Second Week Top the First?

A_Skywalker
06-27-2010, 10:05 AM
What to expect next from a tournament that's already had everything.
For the second week of Wimbledon to top the first — well, we'll need miracles. Maybe a tiebreaker that lasts 100 points. Or a game with 1,500 deuces. It's unlikely, to say the least. But there will be plenty to see.
At the 2010 championships, we've already witnessed a near first-round upset of Roger Federer, the six-time champion. We've seen Rafael Nadal, who won this title in 2008, struggle to survive the second and third rounds. In the first two rounds, 23 matches needed five sets before a winner was declared. Queen Elizabeth II stopped by for lunch, something she hadn't done in 33 years. Another casual Wimbledon fan showed up every day: The sun. Even so, the All England Club had to close the roof over Centre Court because of darkness, a first. The tennis had to go on. Wimbledon's very own poet recorded all the action in verse.

Oh, and two guys played a pretty long match, too. It took 11 hours and five minutes over three days. And included 215 aces, 112 for the winner, John Isner, and 103 for the loser, Nicolas Mahut. The final score? 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 70-68. The fifth set alone lasted longer than any other match in the history of the sport.
The victory left Mr. Isner with toes that "looked like deli meat," in the words of Andy Roddick. But it also gave him what everyone agreed would be a permanent place in the record books.

"That will never be broken, ever, ever, not even close," Mr. Roddick said. "There's no logical explanation for 70-68."

For all the tennis, and all the mayhem, there's still a week to go. After the traditional day of rest on middle Sunday, every player who remains in the men's and women's singles draws will return to action Monday for the fourth round. No other Grand Slam tournament takes a day off, and no other puts all its contestants on display in a single day.
http://tenniscomment.com/tennis-news/wimbledon-2010-can-second-week-top-the-first-1/

ApproachShot
06-27-2010, 11:37 AM
To be honest I'm struggling to think about any individual week of tennis that could top the previous one. Still, if the precedent set by the last two finals is anything to go by, then the drama should continue right until the final Sunday.

Despite this being a World Cup year, Wimbledon has received a fair share of headlines - overwhelmingly (though not exclusively) for the right reasons.

shawshank
06-27-2010, 12:05 PM
All you mentioned made my trip to Wimbledon even more special :)

Benny_Maths
06-27-2010, 01:34 PM
To top the first week we'll need Fedal to recite another poem.:D

straitup
06-27-2010, 04:46 PM
To be honest I'm struggling to think about any individual week of tennis that could top the previous one. Still, if the precedent set by the last two finals is anything to go by, then the drama should continue right until the final Sunday.

Despite this being a World Cup year, Wimbledon has received a fair share of headlines - overwhelmingly (though not exclusively) for the right reasons.

I agree, this was one of the most exciting, electrifying first weeks I've seen in a while. The Isner-Mahut match was surreal, but seeing Fed and Nadal escape in 5 sets (Nadal twice), and so many other fantastic 5 set matches, I can't wait for the second week. I'm sure the second week won't disappoint, even though there have been lots of great matches, there hasn't been too many upsets so we've got great matchups to look forward too.

docking34
06-27-2010, 05:22 PM
looking forward to this next week.

ApproachShot
06-27-2010, 06:11 PM
To top the first week we'll need Fedal to recite another poem.:D

+1

The video and accompanying music to their rendition of Kipling's 'If' still tingles my spine; what an inspiring moment of sporting television that was!

Mechlan
06-27-2010, 06:23 PM
I'm sure the second week won't disappoint, even though there have been lots of great matches, there hasn't been too many upsets so we've got great matchups to look forward too.

:yeah: Usually a great first week means a lackluster second week because of upsets. Hasn't been the case here. We've had a great first week and lots of potential for an even better second. Looking forward to it.

Certinfy
06-27-2010, 06:31 PM
The only thing I can think of that could top the first week is a Brands vs Mathieu final. :lol:

straitup
06-27-2010, 06:34 PM
:yeah: Usually a great first week means a lackluster second week because of upsets. Hasn't been the case here. We've had a great first week and lots of potential for an even better second. Looking forward to it.

Exactly...this is one of the best situations we've seen at a GS in a while. My favorite tourney has always been RG, but the amount of quality that Wimbledon has almost makes that better for me.

MacTheKnife
06-27-2010, 06:39 PM
If it even comes close to living up to the first week we are in for a ride. I'm looking forward to all the matches tomorrow. Think we'll see at least two real surprises..