Wimbledon 2008 Day 1 Review

Wimbledon 2008 got off to a familiar start today, upsets, Brits losing and the Federer express arriving on time to take another passenger.

Roger Federer 

Roger Federer may have been feeling a lot more pressure coming into these championships, but after his performance today, no one could tell and a few doubters may have switched back to the Swiss ace. The Wimbledon champion, who is looking for his sixth consecutive title at Wimbledon, opened his defence in convincing fashion, defeating the Dominik Hrbaty 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in just 1 hour and 19 minutes, less than half an hour a set.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic, on of the big threats to Federer’s crown got of to a much slower start. He needed 4 sets to see off Michael Berrer, winning 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 after surviving a second-set scare.

The Brits

Not surprisingly Boggo or real name Alex Bogdanovic lost yet another match this time 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) to Italian Simone Bolelli. Even the guidance of Brad Gilbert could not conjure up one victory at Wimbledon – this was Boggo’s seventh straight 1st round defeat at Wimbledon.

There was better new for the British women, Elena Baltacha advanced to the second round after beating German Angelique Kerber 6-3 2-6 7-5. Though the British number 3 Melanie South lost to 28th seed Alona Bondarenko 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 6-4.

The Upsets

Men’s seventh seed David Nalbandian and 18th seed Ivo Karlovic were sent crashing out of Wimbledon on day one of the championships. Nalbandian lost to world number 95 Frank Dancevic of Canada 6-4 6-2 6-4 and Karlovic lost 6-4 6-7 (7-4) 3-6 5-7 to German Simon Stadler

David Nalbandian although seeded higher than Karlovic was much more likley to go out early than the big serving Croat. Karlovic had been tipped to go far in the vent and was sixth favorite for the competition with the bookies following his good grass court form at Queens and his triumph at the Nottingham Open.

The top half of draw looks like this now for the second round,

Wimbledon 2008 – Second Round Draw – Top Half
[1] Roger Federer (SUI) Vs Robin Soderling (SWE) \ —–   —–   —–   Semi Final 1
Marc Gicquel (FRA) Vs Ilia Bozoljac (SRB) / \    
[20] Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) Vs Albert Montanes (ESP) \ —– / \  
Simone Bolelli (ITA) Vs [15] Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) /    
[11] Tomas Berdych (CZE) Vs Victor Hanescu (ROU) \ —–   —– / \
Olivier Rochus (BEL) Vs [22] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) / \
Mario Ancic (CRO) Vs Philipp Petzschner (GER) \ —– /  
Igor Andreev (RUS) Vs [5] David Ferrer (ESP) /    
[3] Novak Djokovic (SRB) Vs Marat Safin (RUS) \ —–   —–   —– /
Florent Serra (FRA) Vs [29] Andreas Seppi (ITA) / \  
[21] Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) Vs Mischa Zverev (GER) \ —– / \
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) Vs [13] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) /  
[10] Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) Vs Thomas Johansson (SWE) \ —–   —– /  
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) Vs Simon Stadler (GER) / \  
[31] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) Vs Roko Karanusic (CRO) \ —– /    
Bobby Reynolds (USA) Vs Frank Dancevic (CAN) /