August 5, 2021

Ten things we learned in the first week tennisnet.com

The first week at Wimbledon is a thing of the past – and offered not only a lot of spectacle but also information about the condition of the superstars.

by Nikolaus Fink

last edit: Jul 04, 2021, 11:44 am

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Der Centre Court in Wimbledon

Well that Novak Djokovic is the absolute top favorite for the title at Wimbledon, it was not only certain since yesterday. And yet it is always impressive to see the consistency and dominance with which the Serbs have appeared these days. The industry leader had to give up the first set against Jack Draper, but then the 34-year-old turned on the turbo and held up flawlessly. After the first week, the starting position for Djokovic’s competitors seems almost more hopeless than before the start of the tournament.

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Roger Federer can still do it. That’s it.

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The same applies to Angelique Kerber, who is slowly becoming a secret favorite at Wimbledon. Unlike the men, the German is not facing an overpowering opponent, the second Wimbledon title actually seems possible. Because what Kerber showed against Sara Sorribes Tormo and Aliaksandra Sasnovich, reminded of the best days of the 33-year-olds. Next up: Cori Gauff.

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The best players win even on average days. That this sentence applies to Alexander Zverev is a novelty, at least at Wimbledon. Against Taylor Fritz, the world number six did not play at his maximum performance by a long way, but at no point was the German’s victory really endangered despite the 0: 1 set deficit. Zverev, it became clear in the past few days at the latest, can also do it on grass – and could become one of Djokovic’s greatest challengers.

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Oh, what have we missed him, good old Nick Kyrgios ?! The Australian once again offered everything a tennis heart desires at the lawn classic. It’s just a shame that the body of the 26-year-old went on strike after the five-set battle against Ugo Humbert and the clear success over Gianluca Mager in round three. Nevertheless: It is just a pleasure to watch Kyrgios play tennis.

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With the women everything is open again. Although Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka, the two top seeded players, are still in the process of making a lasting impression, the two did not yet know how to impress. With Emma Raducanu, Cori Gauff, Liudmila Samsonova, Elena Rybakina and Iga Swiatek, the next generation is getting involved again, a prognosis seems almost impossible given the tournament so far.

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It was by far the most emotional game of this year’s Wimbledon edition so far: Andy Murray against Oscar Otte. The Scot once again proved why he is generally believed to have one of the greatest fighter hearts on the tour and defeated the German in five sets in the best of moods on the Center Court. Just bitter that Murray then had no chance against Denis Shapovalov and even asked the question of meaning. From a neutral point of view, one can only hope that the three-time Grand Slam winner will remain in tennis for a while.

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It was a sporting drama that played out on Center Court on Tuesday: The 39-year-old had to give up her first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Tuesday after a slip on the wet green when the score was 3: 3 and her hopes for the 24th individual -Grand Slam title buried again. It will definitely not be easier for the American, but you should definitely not write her off. This is what Roger Federer taught us, not least.

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We don’t look enough doubles. Because what is offered in pair skating at Wimbledon is really great sport.

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Tennis with spectators is simply more fun. That will be evident again on Manic Monday.

Here is the men’s single tableau

Here the single tableau of women