What an exciting day one!
Few people would have predicted that when play began yesterday that six time champion Roger Federer would have come oh so close to being gone in the first round.
It must have been the pre-game Lady Gaga tunes or something because Alejandro Falla came out and stole the first two sets off Federer and eventually found himself serving for the match at 5-4 in the fourth. Unfortunately for the Columbian it was not to be. The world number two clawed his way all the way back to win 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-0.
With the victory Federer avoided quite possibly the BIGGEST upset in the HISTORY of Wimbledon. He also avoided being the first defending champ since Lleyton Hewitt in 2003 to be ousted in the first round. It’s not all good news for Feds, after losing to the aforementioned Hewitt on grass last week at the Gerry Weber open, Federer has once against proved that he has come back down to earth with all the other mere mortals.
Nikolay Davydenko and Novak Djokovic also needed to go the distance in their first round match ups. It shouldn’t be too surprising for Davydenko, he has only played two matches since March after suffering a wrist injury.
The “David” award goes to Florian Mayer after he demonlished number 11 seed Marin Cilic in straight sets. Joining Mr. Cilic on the red eye out of London is 17 seed Ivan Ljubicic, the forgotten Swiss number 20 Stanislas Wawrinka, and veteran Spaniard and 30th seed Tommy Robredo.
On the women’s side, Francesca Schiavone proved that her French Open championship was the exception and not the rule after she was bounced by Russian world number 56 Vera Dushevina 6-7, 7-5, 6-1. In ten years at the All-England Club the Italian has made it past the second round only twice.
Also outed was former world number one Ana Ivonovic. The Serb scored a tough draw against Shahar Peer and is inching closer and closer to not being mentioned when she loses. The good new for Ivonovic: she’s still a total babe.
Outside of actual play on the court fans enjoyed a sporting event without the not so subtle drone of about 50-60 000 vuvuzelas being blown. Those of us who can’t stand the noise can thank organizers who officially banning “rattles, klaxons and vuvuzelas out of courtesy to the players and their fellow spectators.”
The first day of play ended at 10:59pm the latest finish ever at the All-England Club. The Djokovic-Olivier Rochus match eclipsed last years epic between fan favorite Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka by about 20 minutes.