Wimbledon 2017, Day 2 Review – Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic advance while Kerber struggles

The Day 2 of Wimbledon witnessed some great matches being played and the routine names advancing in the Round 2 as expected.

The centre court of the Wimbledon 2017 saw some great action on day 2 with both the top seed in Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic advancing in the 2nd Round without being made to work. Federer marked his record 86th Wimbledon win as progressed happily in the 2nd Round. The case was akin for Djokovic as he saw his opponent retire in the second set, giving the Serb an almost wild-card to Round 2.

Martin Klizan suffered an injury that made him unfortunately back out from the match. Novak was leading the match 6-3, 2-0 when Martin retired and gave him a win in under 40 min of play.

Federer also saw his opponent Alexandr Dolgopolov retire due to an injury in just 43 min of play. Federer was 6-3, 3-0 at the time. This win marked a historic 85-11 record for the Swiss national. Federer is eyeing his record 8th Wimbledon title this year.

Meanwhile, the World No. 1 Angelique Kerber, playing in the spot on Centre Court normally reserved for the defending women’s champion, beat Irina Falconi of the United States 6-4, 6-4.

Kerber was made to struggle a bit in her match though she maintained her grounds and displayed some great work of tennis with her exquisite shots coupled with her attacking prowess to down the American to a straight sets victory.

“A lot of memories came back when I walk on the Centre Court,” Kerber said. “Playing there again, it’s one of the best courts to play. It’s traditional, so it was really great to being back.”

The Court 1 also witnessed some imminent wins from Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem.  

Thiem won against the Canadian, V. Pospisil in straight sets, 6-4 6-4 6-3. Thiem was excellent on the ball and continued his great run of form, cementing his place in the Round 2.

Similar was the case for Milos Raonic, who played the German Jan-Lennard Struff for a straight set win. Though Raonic was made to work a bit for his win after the German took the 1st and 3rd sets to a tie-breaker, making it sure to not give Raonic a moment of peace. Raonic won the match 7(7)-6(5) 6-2 7(7)-6(4).

Other notable men’s singles names advancing to round 2 include the likes of G. Dimitrov, A. Zverev, T. Berdych and Del Potro.

Even the WTA star, Karolina Pliskova, as expected, won her match in straight sets, easing past her opponent Evgeniya Rodina, 6-1 6-4. Pliskova is being dubbed to be one of the strong favourites to lift the title after her recent performances. Pliskova is currently ranked No.3 on the WTA charts and is an imminent threat to every player in the draw.

Other notable women’s singles match wins include the routine names of Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko, Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Bacsinsky.

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