We love to see upsets. It is difficult for one to resist smiling at Iceland’s soccer announcer upon the tiny country’s victory over England in this year’s Euro 2016.
Elsewhere in England, though, there were no stunning victories. At Wimbledon, the top seeds rolled in the All England Club a day after rain postponed most of the women’s singles matches, In fact, there were no major upsets in the draw, and all seeded players advanced.
On the men’s side, 2nd seed Andy Murray, 4th seed Stan Wawrinka, 7th seed Richard Gasquet and 15th seed Nick Kyrgios all won their first-round matches. Murray defeated compatriot Liam Broady in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 while Wawrinka dispatched the young American hope Taylor Fritz in four sets.
In the women’s draw, favorite Serena Williams, 6th seed Roberta Vinci and 19th seed Dominika Cibulkova all advanced—Williams and Cibulkova in straight sets. The young American Alison Riske was able to push Vinci to a third set before falling by a score of 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
In a blockbuster first round, Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-4. The former world number one, Wozniacki narrowly missed being seeded and received an unfortunate draw.
In all, the day was strangely absent of upsets. Sometimes, it is business as usual.
-The day’s marathon match came on Court 11 between Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Muller, who, like Nicolas Mahut, tends to excel on the grass, won the endurance test of a five-setter after coming back from two sets down, 4-6, 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 6-3, 15-13.
-Dustin Brown, who defeated Rafael Nadal in last year’s Championships, advanced to the second round with a five set win over Dusan Lajovic, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Brown plays a highly erratic game with a mixture of big serves, drop shots and chip-and-charge net approaches. Reminiscent of Fabrice Santoro, his style tends to work on grass and can be highly frustrating for players that are used to receiving a consistent ball.
-772nd ranked Briton Marcus Willis will take on Roger Federer tomorrow. Willis, who was on the brink of quitting tennis this year before his girlfriend convinced him to keep playing, won three matches in prequalifying and three in the qualifying draw to enter the main draw. Remarkably, he won his first round match and will now play perhaps the greatest player of our time.
Day 3 Marquee Matches
Nicolas Mahut vs David Ferrer (13)
Mahut is somewhat of a journeyman, although he is one of the game’s best in doubles. However, the speed of grass plays to his strong serve and volleys, and all four of his career titles have come on the surface. Ferrer thrives on slower surfaces on which he can grind down opponents with long rallies. As such, Mahut could be dangerous.
Prediction: Mahut in five for the big upsest
Jeremy Chardy vs Steve Johnson
Johnson is coming off his first career title—he won on grass last week in Nottingham. He is playing well and has a solid serve, big forehand and is comfortable coming forward. He should meet his match in Chardy. Chardy and Johnson are 34th and 29th in the world, respectively, but have the misfortune of meeting each other early because of the large draw. Chardy also has a big game, but Johnson has momentum with his title in addition to his first top-10 win over Richard Gasquet at the Queen’s Club.
Prediction: Johnson in four