So I missed this one due to being at work. I caught the score at lunch and Safin had won the first set. I had a gut feeling he might end up taking the match eventually, but that could just as easily have been the sausage sandwich I had just eaten. Anyway, so much for my excited squealing that Novak Djokovic was going to be the (a) man to fear this Wimbo, on his favourite surface.
To be honest I’ve been pretty much no-selling week one of Wimbledon, as I do week one of most grand slam events. It’s a combination of not too much being on the line at this stage and a massive surfeit of matches going on; I tend to get obsessive about things like this, so when there are a million matches on at once I start to sweat. And it saddens me to announce that David Nalbandian’s current streak of being completely rubbish continued unabated the other day. Out in the first round to Frank Dancevic in straight sets. And he doesn’t even have his own tag on this blog. Tragic.
Still, Baghdatis is still in there, repping the early 2000s scene. He used to have a right girlfriend.
Tipsarevic Watch: Still in! He beat Thierry Ascione in straight sets (as well he should), and is still in the men’s doubles. One round down!
Makiri Watch: Out in the first round? In straight sets?! That makes me sad.