Moving On

June 28, 2013 -- Enough. Time to face the music. And, honestly, the match-ups today played out rather harmoniously given the new tunes at Wimbledon.

In one of the most nerve-wracking situations any pro could face, Grega Zemlja and Grigor Dimitrov began their day 8-9 in the fifth set, with 29th-seed Dimitrov serving from behind. On his sixth match point, Zemjla laced a forehand past the Bulgarian to win the match 36 76(4) 36 64 11-9. He became the first Slovenian to enter the third round of Wimbledon. 

Dimitrov was seeded for the first time at Wimbledon. Expectations about him have certainly pressured the man who dates Maria Sharapova. She, plus a small group of supporters, cheered for their favorite with Sharapova looking rather stern at times. No matter her belief in Dimitrov, Zemlja will face Juan Martin del Potro.

Laura Robson made English fans smile by defeating Mariana Douque-Marino, 64 61 today. Robson didn't think she played well. "Thought timing was a bit off, but I controlled it," she told the BCC. Again she mentioned her nerves, but was happy she, "got away with it."

Buddy Andy Murray played a clean match to defeat Tommy Robredo, 62 64 75, under the roof on Centre Court. "I struck the ball very well throughout the match," Andy told the BBC. He mentioned that 'it's hard' not paying attention to what 'they' were saying about him. 'They' being the expressive English media.

Murray, seeded second, is expected to push through to the semifinals. No one in his quarter is likely to challenge him except, and perhaps, Ernests Gulbis. The Latvian has game to beat any of the Big Four. He has shown keen signs of commitment to his career, this season. However, his consistency is not near the standard of Murray's.

Jerzy Janowicz lurks in the top half. He could certainly take advantage of Rafael Nadal's first-round loss and make it to the semifinals where Murray will probably land. The No. 24 seed's consistently powerful serve accelerated his victory over Nicolas Almagro today, 76(6) 63 64, even if Almagro's is one of the best on tour. 

Over the three sets, Janowicz served 30 aces. That's a touch over 7 'free' games. The average speed of his first serve - 130 m.p.h. He struck 59 winners to 15 unforced errors. His forehand is mighty, yet he didn't shy from the net and won 93% of those points, 14 of 15. Almagro had nothing big enough to combat the six-six Janowicz.

Janowicz broke on the tennis scene last November in Paris. He went through to the final, having qualified. On his way he defeated Murray. Janowicz could not, though, defend against a consistent and focused David Ferrer. He won his first, and only, Masters 1000 title. 

Two other men who could do damage in this transformed draw are Benoit Paire and Bernard Tomic. Paire demonstrated his mettle in Paris. His serve is big and his game versatile. He's on course to collide with Janowicz in the quarterfinals.

Aussie Tomic's mountain is much steeper. He sits in the top quarter with Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Tommy Haas, and Feliciano Lopez. Tomic's next shot at advancing will be a huge obstacle -- Richard Gasquet. 

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Tomic's recent turmoil with his dad John Tomic, and the ITF's policy to ban him from matches, has turned Bernard a bit bitter, and aggressive. Tomic said to the media he would appeal the ruling because he thinks it is unfair. His dad is his coach. In Madrid he head-butted Bernard's hitting partner, over an elusive excuse. The blow broke his nose and strained his neck. Mr. Tomic will be prosecuted in Madrid this fall. 

Tomic (pictured left at The Monte Carlo Country Club) showed his fervor and determination against American Sam Querrey in the first round. Querrey was up two sets, when Tomic came on. Querrey was points from the win in sets four and five, but Tomic shook off a despondency and won. His reversal of attitude and ability was stunning for a kid who has frequently displayed indifference during matches.

Three women are primed to rattle their brackets, too. 

They are Kaia Kanepi, Tsvetana Pironkova, and Ekaterina Makarova. 

Kanepi stamped out seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber, and a 2012 semifinalist, coming from 1-5 down in the second-set tiebreak to win in three: 26 76(6) 63. The Estonian has every opportunity to make the quarterfinals, where she would probably meet Serena Williams. 

Tsvetana Pironkova absolutely loves Wimbledon and her results show it. Venus Williams lost to her twice. Pironkova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, seeded 21, 60 61 in round one. 

Ekaterina Makarova knows the splendor of winning at Wimbledon. She is a Gold Medalist in mixed doubles from the 2012 Olympics. Today, her match was called due to darkness against one of the three former Wimbledon champions left in the draw, Petra Kvitova. They had split the first two sets, after Makarova ran off six consecutive games while Kvitova sat poised a break up in the second. When they left court the score was Makarova, 36 62 2-1. They come on first tomorrow at 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

And last … two former giant killers predictably went out today in their next round: Sergiy Stakhovsky and Dustin Brown. Stakhovsky had defeated Roger Federer, but could stay with lefty Jurgen Melzer. And Dustin Brown's serve-and-volley strategy fell flat, as he lost to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. 




© Jane Voigt Tennis 2013