2010 Wimbledon Widgets

Rahil DevganCorrespondent IJune 23, 2010

1) Is it just me or did someone else get the impression that Roger Federer won not because he played better tennis, but because Falla suddenly realized that he was playing against arguably the greatest grass court player ever?

Either way, on a day like that, even the great man himself acknowledged that he probably deserved to lose. For those that have already written him off, it might help to remember that every day starts afresh and Federer still remains the hot favorite to win it all along with...

2) ...a strangely classy-looking Rafael Nadal! The Spanish Numero Uno, faced with a tricky test against the prodigious 2008 ATP Newcomer of the Year, Kei Nishikori, pulled off a straight sets win looking extremely comfortable on the surface.

When he looks at his draw, the only people he has to be worried about are American John Isner, perennial Russian threat Mikhail Youzhny, and now old-time foe Robin Soderling. Eventually Nadal could end up meeting Tsonga, Querrey, and Murray before the Final but he'll worry about that later. For right now, the last thing he wants to go through is an early-round five setter like...

3) ...World No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko who, fresh off the wrist injury that kept him out off the North American hard court swing and clay court season, perhaps felt that the best way to celebrate his return on a grass court would be to try and top Federer.

He might have succeeded if he had a higher profile because he managed to pull off a 9-7 fifth set victory from two sets down against hard hitting Illinois-alum South African Kevin Anderson. Given his recovery from injury and his dislike for the grass court, I'm not sure how far he'll go but it's Davydenko and it's Wimbledon—he deserves a chance as does...

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4) ...The Djoker! The poor Serb (long due for a Grand Slam Final) found himself first a set and then two sets to one down against Belgian journeyman Olivier Rochus standing all of 5'6"! For all the talk about the top two having tough draws, it's Ole Nole who should be worried. He next plays big-serving Taylor Dent and has Monfils, Hewitt, Fish, and ultimately...

5) ...American hopeful Andy Roddick in his section of the draw. Last year's equally deserving champion cruised past Rajeev Ram and looks as close a sure-shot as he's ever been to get to the second week.

His namesake Murray, while expressing his sadness over being the sole Briton left ("It's not great, is it?") recovered from a slow first set against Czech Jan Hajek and closed out his first round comfortably enough. His next opponent is threatening Finnish journeyman Jarko Niemenen. Upset Alert? Not really. But try telling that to...

6) ...the Spanish trio of Fernando Verdasco, Nicolas Almagro, and 2003 French Open Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero who all bowed out in the first round to less heralded opponents.

They don't grow grass in Spain anymore except for a little practice patch in Nadal's garden. The last seeded casualty was on-again-off-again Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.

In the women's section, Monday saw the exit of French Open champion Francesca Schivaone. Discontent with having to see her grab the limelight again, runner-up Sam Stosur quickly followed suit on Tuesday, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Estonian Kaia Kanepi.

These thoughts would seem incomplete without James Blake's snapping at Pam Shriver for being too loud during points but i'd rather end with...

7) ...a fine doubles match taking place on Court Eight between the Indo-Pak duo of Rohan Bopanna/Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi and University of Virginia graduates Indian Somdev Devvarman and Treat Huey who partnered each other as Cavaliers for four years! The latter duo took the first set and the second looks to be heading to the third set! Give me this over Roddick-LLodra anyday.

This Wimbledon needs to explode. It needs more upsets, more five setters and more drama. Anything to get us to stop thinking about the vuvuzelas in South Africa.

Stay tuned!

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