The second Monday of Wimbledon is arguably the best day in the tennis calendar as every player left in the draw plays their last 16 match. Here I discuss the key talking points from a hectic day of action.
All too easy for Federer
Roger Federer eased into the quarter finals at SW19 as he won in straight sets against Adrian Mannarino. He has now won 32 consecutive sets at the All England Club and he is in excellent form. He will face a tougher test against big serving Kevin Anderson but the South African will need to play the game of his life if he is to have any chance. Federer is undoubtedly the favourite heading into the quarter finals.
A Piece of History for Nishikori
Kei Nishikori overcame the stubborn challenge of Ernests Gulbis to make the Wimbledon quarter finals for the first time. In doing so he has become the second Japanese player and the first male one to reach the quarter finals of all four Grand Slams after Kimiko Date did it in the women’s game. He is only the second Japanese man to reach the Wimbledon quarter finals. An excellent achievement and he may not be finished yet.
Williams peaking perfectly
Serena Williams entered Wimbledon with little competitive tennis after the birth of her daughter. She has been impressive in her last two wins and with the fall of the seeds in the women’s draw, she has every chance of winning her eighth Wimbledon crown. What a story that would be?
Fall of the seeds is no great surprise
The top 10 women’s seeds have all been defeated in the women’s section of the draw. With Serena Williams being ranked at 25 for the Championships, few of the high ranking players enjoy playing on grass or have had success on the surface. The grass is quicker than any surface and does not allow players like Halep the time they have on clay. It also highlights the unpredictability of women’s tennis.