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Wimbledon: First Week Impressions AKA "HOOOLY SH*T" Week

River
06-27-2010, 02:47 PM
What are your impressions of the first week of Wimbledon?

Here's mine.

Roger Federer
He's been working his way back into form, but he's still terribly underpar to the grass-court player we all know he's capable of being. So far, even with his last victory, I am still skeptical that he is the title favorite if he continues his slow progress. It'll only get harder for Federer as he reaches actual players of some merit compared to who he's been facing.

Rafael Nadal
Almost complete opposite of Roger. He was in form in the 1st round and since then seems to steadily decline. His last match, well... as a Rafa fan I do question lots of things he did, and regardless whether his injuries are legit or not, I will definitely question him as we come into the 2nd week of Wimbledon. However, I wlll give Rafa somewhat the benefit of the doubt considering his hellish draw. But tha doesn't give the world #1 any reason to be going through so many 5-setters. For a man who totally demolished everyone at Roland Garros and still thinks he's the actual defending champion, he certainly isn't showing he's #1 right now.

Andy Roddick
Consistency is his key fundamental which he both benefits and gets punished for. Roddick has so far done the minimum he's needed to do in order to win his matches, which has given him a good edge coming into the second week. However, if he continues his consistent style of play, he will be in huge trouble if his serve abandons him. In order for Roddick is reach deeper in the second week, he must employ controlled aggressiveness that he showed last year, which is a tactic he need not fix.

Andy Murray
Under the Radar and loving it. Aside from his blip with the Queen, no one is expecting as much of him as last year, and for Murray that's a god's blessing. He has played some really good matches against some solid players. If he continues this pace, I have no reason to not think he'll edge Nadal out.

Lleyton Hewitt
Solid play. I am expecting a good showing all the way up to his clash with Roddick. However, I do worry about his stamina sometimes. I'm predicting a burnout from Lleyton, but I hope I'm wrong.

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut
What can I say about them? Absolute spartans who deserved Centre Court more than anyone in my list.

Victor Hanescu
What a damn shame, but how can you blame a guy for tanking a match where he was allegedly being called a gypsy. It's the equivelent of being called a n**ger, insurgent, or whatever bad stuff. The spitting was uncessary, but yeah, what a damn shame.

There are only the players I've been watching. But you can add whoever you want. What are your impressions of the First Week?

BK 201
06-27-2010, 03:25 PM
Roddick's serve never abandons him. He's serving better than ever and can play aggressive if he needs to: Miami 2010 V's Nadal, for example.

docking34
06-27-2010, 04:18 PM
Roddick: He needs to play more aggressive and be ready to hit the ball with force from game one. Also, the need to stop coming in on sliced balls and expecting to win the ball from the net is not working at all times. More points are lost by doing this than not.

Hewitt: Seems solid and ready to penetrate the ball to the lines and cut short balls off.

Djokovic: We will only know how well he does and how his fitness is by the way he plays Monday.

Melzer: Looks pretty solid, idk about him playing Federer though.

Isner and Mahut: Tough guys who fought it out. Still though, one would have thought they were playing just for laughs out there.

Sapeod
06-27-2010, 04:31 PM
Murray seems to be playing the best out of the top players, Soderling too.

Hewitt, Melzer could very well make upsets, as they are playing some solid tennis out there too.

Ackms421
06-27-2010, 05:11 PM
Nadal is still the favorite IMO. Sure he had two five-setters. But, here's a couple stats from his last 5 setter:

56 winners to 18 unforced errors

12 aces to 1 double fault

30/42 net approaches

Faced two break points, lost one of them...

Gained 14 breakpoints on his opponent and won four of them (his worse stat of the match, although bp's earned was quite significant)

Those stats are unbelievable. The match could have just as easily been a straight-set victory. He didn't play badly; it was just a simple grass court match. He's playing fine, and he should win the title...he may lose another set or two on the way though.

Mechlan
06-27-2010, 05:20 PM
No mention of Soderling? I think he looks very dangerous. Wouldn't be surprised to see Roddick beat Federer here (a la Soderling at RG), but he'll need to pick his game up a notch and hope that Federer's level doesn't pick up. Nadal looks like he'll need to step up as well, and Murray's played well so far, but like Roddick, how aggressively well he plays in the second week will determine how far he goes.

mcnasty
06-27-2010, 05:24 PM
if it lives up to the 1st, the 2nd week will be a battle of nerves and mental will. if not it'll be the same 'ol same 'ol. nadal or federer making mental midgets out of the rest of the field.

oops. wrong thread.

so to backtrack, best 1st week in recent memory. the hanescu thing was ugly, isner/mahut inspiring, and it figures that the weather has been perfect since the retractable roof was built atop centre court.

Certinfy
06-27-2010, 05:30 PM
Tomas Berdych
Was always going to be hard coming into Wimbledon without an official match on the grass, but he's handled it very well. The first serve has remained as dominant as it was in Paris only a few weeks ago, and his first serve percentage has been around the 60% mark so far in the Championships, so if he can keep up this serving he'll be hard to beat. He's also showed great mentality in his matches so far (eg. saving a SP with an 138mp ace at *3-5 in the 1st set against Golubev and then going on to win the set, as well as playing 2 amazing sets of tennis to come back from 2 sets to 1 down against an inspired Denis Istomin. Looks like he's finally becoming the player many though he would be, and on paper he should come through against Daniel Brands very easily and perhaps create a stunning QF against the number one seed Roger Federer, which I do feel he has the chance to win given Federer's form from his last 3 matches.

Sunset of Age
06-27-2010, 05:31 PM
A Berdych - Soderling final wouldn't surprise me at all. :o

Corey Feldman
06-28-2010, 12:38 AM
What are your impressions of the first week of Wimbledon?

Here's mine.

Roger Federer
He's been working his way back into form, but he's still terribly underpar to the grass-court player we all know he's capable of being. So far, even with his last victory, I am still skeptical that he is the title favorite if he continues his slow progress. It'll only get harder for Federer as he reaches actual players of some merit compared to who he's been facing.

Rafael Nadal
Almost complete opposite of Roger. He was in form in the 1st round and since then seems to steadily decline. His last match, well... as a Rafa fan I do question lots of things he did, and regardless whether his injuries are legit or not, I will definitely question him as we come into the 2nd week of Wimbledon. However, I wlll give Rafa somewhat the benefit of the doubt considering his hellish draw. But tha doesn't give the world #1 any reason to be going through so many 5-setters. For a man who totally demolished everyone at Roland Garros and still thinks he's the actual defending champion, he certainly isn't showing he's #1 right now.

Andy Roddick
Consistency is his key fundamental which he both benefits and gets punished for. Roddick has so far done the minimum he's needed to do in order to win his matches, which has given him a good edge coming into the second week. However, if he continues his consistent style of play, he will be in huge trouble if his serve abandons him. In order for Roddick is reach deeper in the second week, he must employ controlled aggressiveness that he showed last year, which is a tactic he need not fix.

Andy Murray
Under the Radar and loving it. Aside from his blip with the Queen, no one is expecting as much of him as last year, and for Murray that's a god's blessing. He has played some really good matches against some solid players. If he continues this pace, I have no reason to not think he'll edge Nadal out.

Lleyton Hewitt
Solid play. I am expecting a good showing all the way up to his clash with Roddick. However, I do worry about his stamina sometimes. I'm predicting a burnout from Lleyton, but I hope I'm wrong.

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut
What can I say about them? Absolute spartans who deserved Centre Court more than anyone in my list.

Victor Hanescu
What a damn shame, but how can you blame a guy for tanking a match where he was allegedly being called a gypsy. It's the equivelent of being called a n**ger, insurgent, or whatever bad stuff. The spitting was uncessary, but yeah, what a damn shame.

There are only the players I've been watching. But you can add whoever you want. What are your impressions of the First Week?You just did this thread so you could mention Nadal is "#1" twice, didnt you

bluefork
06-28-2010, 12:56 AM
No mention of Soderling? I think he looks very dangerous. Wouldn't be surprised to see Roddick beat Federer here (a la Soderling at RG), but he'll need to pick his game up a notch and hope that Federer's level doesn't pick up. Nadal looks like he'll need to step up as well, and Murray's played well so far, but like Roddick, how aggressively well he plays in the second week will determine how far he goes.

I was going to mention Soderling too. He hasn't lost a set and he has only faced five break points (saving all of them). It will definitely get harder for him from here on out, but of all the top eight players, he played the best in the first week.

River
06-28-2010, 01:57 AM
You just did this thread so you could mention Nadal is "#1" twice, didnt you

I think you're looking for trouble that is neither there nor wanted.

Paylu2007
06-28-2010, 03:07 AM
I think Sharapova has a new chance to win this wimbledon...



LOL NOBODY CARES ABOUT WTA xD

I really dont think that Federer wins this year here :( and thats sad cuz IM A HUGE FAN of HIM :(

Sunset of Age
06-28-2010, 03:15 AM
I really dont think that Federer wins this year here :( and thats sad cuz IM A HUGE FAN of HIM :(

You're saying? :spit: :haha:

orangehat
06-28-2010, 10:21 AM
Nadal hellish draw? :spit:

JediFed
06-28-2010, 03:14 PM
Nadal is still the favorite


WTF?

Clay, maybe. Grass, no. Sorry.

Federer, Roddick, Murray, Djokovic, Hewitt and Soderling are doing much better than Nadal.