Novak Djokovic in actionWhile the trun of the decade has proved to be a transitional phase for tennis, on-court action in the first week of the Wimbledon Championships this year, was a true testament to this. While Federer, Djokovic, Sharapova and Azarenka sailed through the first week, the likes of Nadal, Tsonga and Petra Kvitova were sent packing within the first few rounds. Not to mention, Serena Williams and Marin Cilic who made narrow escapes against tough competitors. Here's a flashback of some of the best matches and craziest results of the week.
#1 Petra Kvitova Vs Jelena Jankovic,Third Round
Petra Kvitova vs Jelena Jankovic
Defending champion Petra Kvitova, who won her first tile here in 2011, was favorite no doubt, but no one would have underestimated the fit-and-talentedJelena Jankovic, who always comes across as a gritty opponent. The game almost always hung in the balance, but a crucial service break in the final set grabbed the game for Jelena who made Sundays headlines by ousting one of the tournament favorites in the third round.
#2 Rafael Nadal Vs Dustin Brown, Second Round
Rafel Nadal vs Dustin Brown, Second Round
The attire of Dustin Brown (from Germany) reminded us of a 2005-Nadal, with his sailor pants and tank tops. The only difference with this guy was that rather than Nadals energy and athleticism across the court, this guy possessed a lot of cool, with a fine mix of hard-hitting shots and cute, effortless volleys at the net. Looking at Nadals habit of losing out early in the Wimbledon for the last three years,not everyone would have been shocked to see him go, but Nadals comeback in the second set kept us waiting till the end to witness his immense mental strength and resilience, given the slightest of opportunity. Sadly, that moment never came.
#3 Serena Williams Vs Heather Watson, Third Round
Serena Williams vs Heather Watson, Third Round
Worlds number one, who has been at the top of the game for close to fifteen years now, started her match against Britains number one in typical Serena fashion. The home crowd was with Heather Watson, and by the time the Brit turned the game around in the second set, you got to know who was the crowd favorite. A 3-0 start to the final set brought tears to one ofAmericas greatest atheletes, but what was astonishing was the fact that she came back to win the set and the match, from such an impossible situation, all with the same tears in her eyes throughout.
#4 Tomas Berdych Vs Pablo Andujar, Third Round
Tomas Berdych vs Pablo Andujar, Third Round
Tomas Berdych is backed by many former greats to win more than one grand slams in the near future, but his Saturdays encounter with Spanish Pablo Andujar indeed proved to be a tough one. Andujar stood up to Berdychs fast and furious serves, coming from a height, but that was not something that made the Spanish feel inferior. It was already three hours by the time we went into the fourth set which Andujar had to win to stay in the game. He broke Berdychs serve at 4-4 in the fourth, but Berdych did the same in the next game, and a back-to-back hold of serve by both players took the set into a tiebreak, which Berdych won easily. The six-feet-five-inch Czech lived to make things tough for other top seeds in the final stages of the tournament.
#5 Marin Cilic Vs John Isner, Third round
Marin Cilic vs John Isner, third round
The stiffness of the final set got the better of both US-open champion Marin Cilic and American John Isner late Saturday evening. If the game was not already close in the first four sets, with a scoreline of7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, the fifth set, which does not have a tiebreak, still had both the players fully charged not to give anything away. While this four-and-a-half hour game will end among the closest of competitions this year, it finally ended with Cilic winning 12 of the games in the final set with Isner ending at 10.