Big names still in the Wimbledon mix
Even though everyone loves an upset in sport, the major tournaments and sponsors are always keen to see the big names of the sport make it through to the latter stages. Wimbledon is no different and there is a definite feeling of relief from many people when the big names make it through the early rounds. In one sense, the top names are in a no win situation. If they triumph in a match, they are only doing what is expected of them. If they lose, they are out of the tournament and victims of a big upset.
Murray still carrying British hopes
Andy Murray is carrying the expectations of the nation in his conquest but the fact that he is the only British player remaining at Wimbledon doesn’t seem to have upset him. Murray booked his place in the second week at Wimbledon with a four-set victory over Ivan Ljubicic from Croatia. Yet again, Murray was playing under the roof of centre court with a delayed match. However, the Scottish player triumphed in the end with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) triumph. Dropping another set yet again will be a slight concern for the Scotsman but as long as he keeps on winning, he won’t mind too much.
Nadal pushing all the way
Murray will be joined the second week of Wimbledon by Rafael Nadal, who continues his impressive run of form in the tournament. The first two sets were tight but in the third round Nadal ran away with it to claim a three set victory. The score of 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 emphasises the level of discomfort that Nadal had to put up at the start but eventually eased into victory. The final set was harsh on Gilles Muller from Luxembourg but it once showed the class of Nadal on grass.
Roger Federer has also ensured he will be involved at the business end of the tournament after a comfortable victory over David Nalbandian. A three set victory of 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 ensured there was no need for Federers fans to sweat over the match and they will be dreaming of the player clinching glory in London once again.
The use of the roof at the Centre Court has helped the big names continue as usual, keeping the tournament on track for the second week of the event. This is when Wimbledon starts to get serious.