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Wimbledon Daze: Tested

Posted by gauloises1 on June 24, 2010

And now a little shoutout to those who have struggled, some unexpectedly, but are still standing. And, possibly, better than they ever did.

Did you know Roger Federer came *this* close to losing to Ale-Alejandro Falla? He didn’t, though, because he’s a big tease.

Just to underline the point, he then dropped a set to Ilija Bozoljac, best known for dating a housemate from Serbian Big Brother. Which is very much like the Queue. See? It all comes back to the Queue.

After narrowly avoiding a third set against Laura Robson, JJ dropped the first set to Aleksandra Wozniak tonight before coming through in three. Her dress was and is amazing, though.

After cruising through his first match against Rajeev Ram, Wimbledon’s favourite son the Other Andy struggled initially with an inspired Michael Llodra before knuckling down and winning in four.

Sveta went three with Akgul Amanmuradova in her opening match, because that’s how she rolls.

Nole struggled mightily against Olivier Rochus on Monday night, finishing two minutes shy of curfew (yes, there is one). Better news? He looked much improved against Taylor Dent today.

Aravane Rezai survived 75 in the third against the occasionally-good on grass Magdalena Rybarikova.

Benny came back from two sets to love down against an utterly obnoxious Kristof Vliegen. I take full credit for this (along with @crystaleyesd, of course). We “allez Julien!” and “c’mon Benny!”‘d him through this match, and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

Yanina Wickmayer went three with surprise Edgbaston semi-finalist Alison Riske on Monday, before narrowly beating her doubles partner Kristen Flipkens in two today. ‘mon Wicky.

And Philipp Kohlschreiber was forced to bagel Potito Starace in the fourth set of his opening match before outlasting Teimuraz Gabashvili in the battle of players who scare Roddick fans. His reward? A third-round meeting with Andy Roddick …

5 Responses to “Wimbledon Daze: Tested”

  1. naughty T...urbane gentleman said

    Swiss man with bandaged thigh goes to 4… why is this a struggle when a couple of cloggers cannot win in the equivalent of around 14 sets??? who would say Mahut and Isner are struggling?
    Perspective… funny thing.

    • gauloises1 said

      Sorry naughty, I’m not buying this one. I was perfectly clear that I was talking about both Federer’s matches so far, and dropping three sets in the first two rounds of Wimbledon to opponents with an average ranking of 106 is struggling. Being down match points to one of them is struggling. That’s the unbearable curse of being well-nigh unbeatable at Wimbledon; people tend to expect you to win quite easily.

      If you’re seriously going to suggest that we should judge Federer and Mahut’s performances by the same standard, I’m seriously going to suggest therapy. I’m not getting at Roger, but you can’t deny that by his lofty standards, this is noteworthy. So there.

  2. max555 said

    heeeeeeeeey..
    it’s Amanmuradova, not Amandurova 🙂

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