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Bite-sized highlights from Day Two

by Courtney Nguyen
Tuesday 26 June 2012

Upset of the day: Belgian wunderkind David Goffin, who looks 12 but has the maturity of a 21-year old (that's a compliment, really), knocked out last year's quarter-finalist Bernard Tomic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Many of us learned of Goffin for the first time when he advanced to the fourth round of Roland Garros as a lucky loser, and it's nice to see our "getting to know you efforts" aren't in vain. As for Goffin's endearing tendency towards idol-worship, it continued after the match when he told reporters that he tried to hide his emotions on court like Bjorn Borg and less you worry that he's moved past his love for Roger Federer, don't worry. He referred to him as "Superman".

The fizzle of the sizzle: The matches that looked potentially explosive on paper ended up being fairly straight-forward runs by the favorites. Lleyton Hewitt wasn't able to put up much resistance against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the No. 5 seed rolling to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win. Similarly, Andy Murray had no problems whatsoever with former No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko, taking apart the Russian with surgical precision on his way to a 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 win. After a Day One that saw some big upsets in the likes of Tomas Berdych, John Isner, and Venus Williams, perhaps a respite from the drama was welcome.

Timing is everything: The rain descended on the All England Club twice today, but it was the late burst of precipitation in the evening that truly wreaked havoc on the players. Three matches were suspended with a man serving for the match (Milos Raonic, Lukas Kubot, and Jurgen Melzer) and French Open finalist Sara Errani actually had a match point in hand when a sudden burst forced the nets to go down and the covers pulled over. In total, 12 matches were suspended by rain (and that's not including Ana Ivanovic's first round match against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, which was cancelled before the rain even came). That should make for a very full schedule for Wednesday as organizers do their best to get the schedule back on track.

Cause for concern?: Mardy Fish battled through a tight first round win over Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, winning 7-6, 7-5, 7-6. That's the great news. The bad news is that Fish was forced to skip his post-match press conference because he wasn't feeling well.

Not taking the bait: Tough luck for Laura Robson. She looked well on her way to notching the biggest win of her young career over 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone after taking the first set 6-2. But a series of visits by the medical staff seemed to loosen up the Italian, who was able to refind her game and play the creative tennis we know she's capable of. After the loss, reporters peppered Robson about Schiavone's perceived delay tactics. The Brit wisely stayed out of the fray. "I was focused on myself so I didn't really notice any issues with her. If something's hurting, then you call the trainer."

Stat of the day
1
Australian through to the second round. Only slammin' Sammy Stosur is left to fly the Southern Cross.


He said
"My quality of tennis should be getting to a lot of semifinals, finals at tournaments or even winning where I had chances last eight weeks, but lack of concentration, not working hard, it costs you."
2011 Wimbledon quarter-finalist Bernard Tomic after his first round loss to Goffin.

She said
"I learned that you got to go. You got to keep going. I was playing excellent before Paris. I have felt that good, but I hadn't felt that good in a long time ‑ well, since US Open ‑ going into a Grand Slam. I was really disappointed. Obviously I was extremely disappointed. But you know, as Kelly Clarkson says, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
Serena Williams, on the lessons she's taken from her first round loss at the French Open last month.


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