Wimbledon 2008 Day 2 Review

Day 2 provided us whith our first look at Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick and a perhaps a new British bright hope in Chris Eaton.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray won through convincingly against French Veteran Fabrice Santoro, you can read the full story on this match here.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal enjoyed an easy win over German qualifier Andreas Beck 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7-0) in two hours 19 minutes. Nadal is bidding to become the first man since Bjorn Borg to win the French Open and Wimbledon back to back.

The world number two cruised past Beck, who was playing his first ever match on grand slam show court. The centre court experience did not seem to over-awe him, but he rarely troubled a focus Nadal.

Nadal will face the 19 year old Ernst Gulbus from Latvia – Many will remember he stretched Andy Murray to three sets in the third round at Queen’s. Gulbis beat American John Isner in his own first round match.

The Brits

Three Male Brits were in action today, Andy Murray as we know went through and he was joined in the second by Chris Eaton. The 20 year old British qualifier continued his impressive form he showed n qualifying by defeating Serbia’s Boris Pasanski 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Eaton fired down 26 aces to overpower the world number 114 on Court Three. Eaton who is only ranked 661st, held his serve throughout and broke Pasanski twice. Unfortunatly fellow Briton Jamie Baker whose progress this year has been held back by a rare blood disease went out in the first round, losing 6-4 6-2 6-3 to Italy’s Stefano Galvani.

The Female Brits has similar mixed results, British number one Anne Keothavong seen off Vania King to reach the second round at Wimbledon, but Katie O’Brien and Naomi Cavaday but went out, though Cavaday did give us a great performance in the first set against Venus Williams only losing on a tie break after being up a break in the set. 

Upsets

Not so much of an upset, but 4th seed continued his terrible Wimbledon record by crashing out in the first round. Whe you consider he opted to play a clay court tournament rather than Halle or Queens club, we should have expected as much.

26th seed Ivan Ljubicic lost to Jurgen Meltzer in 5 tight sets and was the only other seed to fall.