Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Rafael Nadal to chunk out Federer, Djoko

Posted by Admin On 2:04 PM

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic launch their Wimbledon campaigns on Tuesday. Defending champion Rafael Nadal has already insisted that it is far too early to contemplate opposite either man later in the tournament. World number one Nadal beat American journeyman Michael Russell in his first-round match on Monday, pending through 6-4 6-2 6-2, and will now face unseeded American Ryan Sweeting.

That is the only contest the 25-year-old is permit himself to think about, knowing full well that one slip-up could see him back on his home island of Majorca while the likes of Federer, Djokovic and Andy Murray fight it out for the title.My biggest adversary now is Sweeting,Nadal said, when asked which of the rest of the world's top four he feared the most.

I am focused on my part of the draw. I'm listening carefully on myself. To play against Djokovic or Federer can only be in the final, Andy in the semi-final.Let's talk about tomorrow. Let's not talk about 10 or 12 days' time, because I don't know if I am here or fishing in Majorca. You never know what's going on in a contest like this.

Murray was also winning, but unlike Nadal he was unable to progress without dropping a set as he beat Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver in four. Playing under the roof on a Monday night, something Murray is no stranger to, he lost the first set 6-4 before hitting back to take the next three 6-3 6-0 6-0, charming 15 games on the bounce in that succession.

Federer takes on Mikhail Kukushkin in the second match on Centre Court today, looking to work his way towards a seventh Wimbledon title, while the second-seeded Djokovic is up against Jeremy Chardy after him. There will be a accumulation of matches carried over from yesterday too, with play called off early on all courts barring Centre due to rain.

Among those not to have over their games was Britain's Daniel Cox, who trailed Sergiy Stakhovsky by a set and former US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro, who was a set up but a break down next to Flavio Cipolla. Number 10 seed Andy Roddick did not get to hit a ball in his match with Andreas Beck, while the same went for Fernando Verdasco against Radek Stepanek.

Aside from Nadal, another impressive performer was the young Canadian Milos Raonic, who saw off Marc Gicquel in straight sets. The 20-year-old sent down 25 aces in total, counting three in his first three points played at the famous venue, and is on course for a third-round meeting with Nadal.It would mean a lot,Raonic said of the potential match-up.If it does get to that, it's a good opportunity and something to look forward to.Other leading names due on court today include David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Robin Soderling and the 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt.

 

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