Although the rain came at Wimbledon, the first day still had some nice surprises, including an incredible match between Hubert Hurkacz and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, a somewhat tough first lap for a Novak Djokovic who still scored, a Belinda Bencic who has been through it all. the moods and beautiful photos of Carlos Alcaraz or Andy Murray …
HURKACZ, MISSERIA! A great match has already been played: the 1st round Hubert Hurkacz-Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The Pole – a 2021 semi-finalist and recent winner in Halle – struggled to get back out of nowhere (he lost 2 sets 0 and his rival made 3 points in a row) before … finally losing 10 -8 in the super tie-break, after a great show (6-7 4-6 7-5 6-2 6-7). His executioner, who had never won a match on Church Road with the pros after his junior title in 2017, launched one of the biggest performances of his career, starting from the 4 corners of the field; it’s the tennis we love!
THE CURSE OF HALLE … It’s not good to win the Halle tournament when you don’t call yourself Roger Federer. Remember that, with the exception of Basel, all players who have won in Germany since 2011 have immediately lost entry to Wimbledon. These are Kohlschreiber (2011), Haas (2012), Mayer (2016), Coric (2018), Humbert (2021) and now Hurkacz (2022).
DJOKOVIC LOSES A ROUND, BUT … Stuck at times by a cheeky Kwon, Novak Djokovic. If the Serb has once again given the impression of suffering physically, the truth is that this fallen set may not be as much a sign as some want us to believe. Remember, in fact, last year, “Nole” also lost a round immediately (against Jack Draper), before relaxing and losing just one second in the final against Matteo Berrettini. However, it is true that it does not seem as clear as 12 months ago. But this giant still holds records. Winning yesterday, he signed his 80th success at Wimbledon. He thus becomes the first player to have won at least 80 matches in the 4 major tournaments. Huge.
BLACK DAY … Sad day for Swiss tennis, like the London sky. Stan Wawrinka. The same verdict for Ylena In-Albon, , and certainly learned things from his setback against Alison Riske. Belinda Bencic, meanwhile, avoided immense frustration. Led 6-4, 5-1 by Qiang Wang, the Olympic champion suddenly realized she was playing a Grand Slam tournament. In fact, he came back and then pocketed the 2nd set . “BB” must absolutely conclude today, because a beautiful image could be opened behind …
TIRED! Benoît Paire is in a deep depression. Broken above all by the context of Covid, which has long deprived him of spectators and emotions, the Frenchman can no longer stand it. He said it again and again after his defeat against Quentin Halys: “At the moment, I have a dislike for tennis and I see people there. I need it. I reject this sport. I hate going to court. When I set foot in it, I want to run away. And then, I’m not necessarily happy in my life right now …“A moving confession.
THE WONDERS OF ALCARAZ … Carlos Alcaraz did not end up surprising us. Brave heart and handsome fighter, the Murcian prodigy put his entrails on the field, this time to get out of the trap set by Jan-Lennard Struff. Winner 4-6 7-5 4-6 7-6 6-4, the winner of the Masters 1000 in Miami and Madrid was forced to pull a few shots from other places, like this one.
AUTUMN NATURAL TOPIC … You should never chain big results before a Grand Slam tournament when you’re not used to occupying the front of the stage. What had already been verified many times in the past was confirmed at Wimbledon, where Beatriz Haddad Maia, beaten by Kaja Juvan, immediately grabbed the door. Reminder: The Brazilian came out of 2 titles (Nottingham and Birmingham) and a half in Eastbourne.
ALL THIS IS WHY … Very fit at Roland-Garros (semifinalist), Marin Cilic hoped to continue, he who was a finalist in “Wimb” in 2017. It was without counting itchy nose. Positive for Covid, the Croatian had to say goodbye to his green dreams. Too bad for him and for the tournament.
THE DETERMINATION OF MURRAY … Under the eyes of mother Judy, who left a few pieces of nails on the center court, Andy Murray made All-Wimbledon happy by winning his ticket to the second round against the annoying James Duckworth (4-6 6 – 2 6-3 6-4). Tenacious, determined, the winner of 2013 and 2016 even came out of his reserve serving with a spoon. If the gesture didn’t surprise the Australian, “Muzza” still won the point. But he will have to be patient in the next round against John Isner.
NERVES SHAKE UP … Discovered last year at Wimbledon where, as a guest, she had reached the round of 16 before making a “madness” at the US Open, Emma Raducanu knew they were waiting for her reunion with London. Good news: the Briton kept her rank (and her nerves) to win in 2 rounds ahead of Alison van Uytvanck.
Arnaud Cerutti – @arnaud_cerutti