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Nadal Survives, Jankovic Falls: The Best of Day 2

by Nick McCarvel
Tuesday 24 June 2014

Rafael Nadal snapped a two-match losing streak at Wimbledon on Tuesday with an opening-round win while Jelena Jankovic became the highest seed of the tournament to fall. More on Day 2.

Massive upsets? Not really. Plenty of enthralling tennis? Yes indeed. Day two at The Championships 2014 went the way it was supposed to for most of the favourites, barring a few disappointments. Below, a skim over the moments that stood out among 71 matches.

Match of the Day: [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) d Martin Klizan (SVK) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
It wasn’t the highest quality of matches, but it was perhaps the most significant win of the day as Nadal broke his run of bad luck at the All England Club following his second- and first-round exits in 2012 and 2013. The two-time Wimbledon champion looked rusty early on, only to really gain steam in the early goings of the third set, when he broke Klizan and looked to be the more sure player. The win sets up a blockbuster: Nadal next faces Lukas Rosol, the player who stunned him on Centre Court two years ago – in the second round.

Honorary Match of the Day: [13] Genie Bouchard (CAN) d Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 7-5, 7-5
Much of 2014 has been a coming-of-age story for Bouchard, the 20-year-old Canadian who made the semi-finals in both Australia and Paris. Here she was the favourite and headlining name for a clash with former top five resident Hantuchova, whose game is still crisp, particularly on this surface. But Bouchard showed in both the first and second sets why she’s got the goods to win here in the future, winning the points that were most important to earn herself a straight-sets victory.

Upset of the Day: Kaia Kanepi (EST) d [7] Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 6-3, 6-2
On paper, it was a massive upset for the Estonian Kanepi, but dig a little deeper and it wasn’t the shock you might expect. The 42nd-ranked Kanepi has twice been to the Wimbledon quarter-finals, her big, strong groundstrokes well-suited for the slick grass courts at SW19. Especially on a dry day. On Tuesday she merely hit through the former world No.1, pummelling Jankovic from the baseline and earning herself a trip to the round of 64.

Tweet of the Day: Is there anything more exciting than seeing a young player so thrilled for a first win at Wimbledon? Donna Vekic beat defeated No.21 seed Roberta Vinci in three tight sets.

Quote of the Day: 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt is still chugging along, including a four-set win in the first round on Tuesday. “It doesn’t get any better than playing out here in this tournament. I’ve been through some tough times, some tough surgeries in the past four or five years but when you get out here, it makes it all worth it.”

Stat of the Day: Ivo Karlovic has always been known for his big serve, but blasting 32 aces doesn’t necessarily secure you a victory. That was the case on Tuesday when the Croatian won the equivalent of eight full games with aces, but wasn’t able to manage a set against Canadian Frank Dancevic, who won their tussle 6-4, 7-6(5), 7-6(4).

Video of the Day: Think you’re Serena Williams’ biggest fan? Think again.

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