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    MARATHON WEEK: Wimbledon Midterm Review

    [fi][/fi]Marathon Week: Wimbledon Midterm Review
    by Mariya Konovalova

    For a week that began with hordes of players withdrawing with injury and the tournament favorite in danger of losing his opening match on Centre Court, the first half of the Championships turned out quite alright. We saw awkward curtsies to the Queen, fan arrests, spitting, a Tina Turner homage, players standing up to rude commentators, 65,635 plugs for a Sting concert (for those of you watching U.S. coverage), an impromptu award presentation on Court 18, and not one vuvuzela. And the level of tennis has been pretty great, as well.

    The Long Haul
    While any tough match pales in comparison to a ď6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68Ē scoreline, 2010 Wimbledon has so far been highlighted by numerous long and competitive matches in the menís draw. The First Round proved particularly tough for top players. Nine seeded players found themselves facing a fifth set in the first two days, out of 11 total first round five-setters. However, seven of these nine prevailed (the early exits were by Juan Carlo Ferrero and Stanislas Wawrinka) to reach the Second Round. Among the survivors were top seeds Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Nikolay Davydenko.

    Federerís First Round match received the most attention, as it was the most troubling. The top seed had previously lost the first two sets in only four Wimbledon matches, the final against Rafael Nadal in 2008, the first round defeat by Mario Ancic in 2002, a quarterfinal loss to Tim Henman in 2001, and a straight-set first round beating by Yevgeny Kafelnikov ten years ago, back in the age when Roger Federer was not seeded at Grand Slams. These matches, incidentally, are the only four the Swiss did not win at SW19 this millennium (he also fell against Jiri Novak in his 1999 debut).


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    Re: Editorial. MARATHON WEEK: Wimbledon Midterm Review

    Leave a comment in the comment section after the article (or in this thread, if you prefer)! Did Mariya miss something? Do you agree with the predictions for Monday? Think Isner/Mahut was an exercise in futility? Share!

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    Re: Editorial. MARATHON WEEK: Wimbledon Midterm Review

    Nice reflection on Isner/Mahut.
    Blue Steel

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    Re: Editorial. MARATHON WEEK: Wimbledon Midterm Review

    (Commented in the article page thingy. Reposting here too )
    I love the reference to The Bangles! The last paragraph is great writing, Mariya.

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