Defending champion Novak Djokovic fears he is becoming the victim of a smear campaign after his opening round victory at Wimbledon was overshadowed by more allegations of cheating.
“I was very nervous but when I was standing on the court, the people were clapping, the atmosphere was brilliant”. “In my head, it was no question I was going to play, even though I was advised not to”. My timing was off…. For me was really a hard time.
Fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil fared better then Bouchard. She was 3-6, 6-3, 64-3 in the match at the time of retirement.
In the early exchanges, Nadal was wayward with his forehand while he offered some hope to Bellucci with some poor service but the ex- world number one soon went through the gears and began to drag his opponent around the court with his trademark power and accuracy.
Romanian Halep, 23, a French Open finalist past year, went down 5-7 6-4 6-3 to the Slovakian.
The sisters also withdrew from the Australian Open this year.
The defending champion dropped only one game in her first-round match on Day Two, and on Day Four she fared nearly as well, beating Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-2, 6-0 in under an hour.
Kvitova finally lost a point on her own serve in the sixth game, courtesy of a double-fault, but soon wrapped up the win with a huge serve that Bertens barely got her racquet to.
In addition to her dominance on serve, Kvitova won all 10 of the points in which she came to the net. “I’ve lived for that the 18, 19 years I’ve been on tour”, Hewitt said.
“I think a lot of athletes want to have a break, but they didn’t do it”, Kvitova told reporters.
Federer, bidding to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles, broke five times and never faced a break point. I played her in Rome, I never played her on grass. “So always is very emotional when you hit some good shots in this attractive club”. Every match starts from zero.
“You have to handle it well, so it’s always a struggle at the beginning of these tournaments”. “Straight sets, no bad feelings, good backhands”.
Later Tuesday, 2013 champion and home favourite Andy Murray takes a 2-0 career lead over world number 59 Mikhail Kukushkin into their opener on Centre Court.
Seeded second at this year’s event, Petra Kvitova cruised into the second round of the tournament following a straight sets win against Kiki Bertens.
It was the third so-called “double bagel” result of the women’s first round, after Venus Williams of the U.S. and Andrea Petkovic of Germany also won their first-round matches 6-0, 6-0 on Monday.