Wimbledon Thoughts Week 1 – 2021

The Barty Party is still on

The invitations haven’t actually been sent out yet but the world number one is looking good heading into the second week.  The hip has held up and the grass court tennis of slices, big forehands and crisp volleys is flowing nicely.

A red-hot Roland Garros Champion Barbora Krejcikova waits in the 4thround, get through that and the party planner will be getting a phone call.

The Tomljanovic Ostapenko row is must see

This third round encounter turned into word warfare when the former French Open Champion Ostapenko called for a medical timeout after losing seven games in a row when down 0-4 in the third set.  Tomljanovic complained to the umpire “You know she’s lying right, we all know”.  At the ‘handshake’ they got into it.

Ostapenko : “You’re behavior is terrible”

Tomljanovic : “You’re one to talk”.  It didn’t end there as they keep going during their press conferences. Regardless, it was a heck of a win from the Aussie, who is one match away from a potential quarter final against the uber Aussie Barty.

Look out for Matteo Berrettini

The Italian with the massive serve and forehand has carried his form from Queens Club into the Wimbledon first week.  This is a guy nobody wants to play, he pushed Djokovic hard in Paris and he could be a bolter to make the final from the bottom half of the draw. Federer (6), Medvedev (2) or Zverev (4) will get in the way but don’t be surprised if this Italian is there on the final Sunday.

Djokovic is in cruise control

The 19 time Slam Champion seemed unfazed when pushed by the Brit Jack Draper in round one and American Denis Kudla in the third round.  It’s obvious he could crank it up a gear, maybe two.  Next he’ll play Cristian Garin, the 17thseed from Chile who doesn’t have the power to trouble the Serbian.  He’s on course for a 20thslam; it would take a herculean effort from anyone to deny him.

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