Second week at Wimbledon set to be a scorcher

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta

With temperatures in London expected to soar into the 30s next week, the tennis looks to be hotting up too.

The first week of tennis at Wimbledon has thrown up a host of memorable moments as well as the odd upset.

Prior to the tournament there was a notable sense of disappointment as defending champion Rafael Nadal withdrew, and in doing crushed many fans’ hopes of being able to witness a repeat of last year’s epic battle between the Spaniard and newly-crowned French Open champion, Roger Federer.

The Swiss maestro however, has got to work in his attempt to regain his SW19 crown in typically ruthless fashion. He has won all three of his matches convincingly, dropping only one set in the process.

The All-England Club has also witnessed the apparent rejuvenation of 2002 Champion, Lleyton Hewitt. The 28-year-old has powered his way through to the fourth round in a manner that turned back the years and could well see the Australian become an outsider for the title.

Britain’s Andy Murray has also made light work of his first three matches, and like Federer, has dropped one set. As the yearly frenzy develops, British fans will be certain that 2009 is Murray’s year. A Queen’s title to his name certainly strengthens his case.

Number two seed Federer will be in action in a repeat of last month’s French Open final against Robin Soderling on Monday, with Andy Murray taking on number 19 seed, Stanislas Wawrinka last on centre court.

Andy Roddick has also made it through to the second week in convincing fashion, where he will face Tomas Berdych. And number four seed Novak Djokovic will be in action against Israel’s Dudi Sela on court three on Monday.

The women’s title has thrown up a few more upsets with Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Jankovic all failing to make it through to the second week.

All eyes will be on court one as play gets underway on Monday with a mouth-watering encounter between two former world number ones, Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Williams is yet to drop a set at this year’s championships, and Ivanovic is convinced she is playing ‘the best tennis of her career’.

Number one seed Dinara Safina will be in action against Amelie Mauresmo on centre court on Monday and Elena Dementieva will be up against fellow Russian Elena Vesnina on number two court.

The comedy moment of the week surely has to be Tommy Haas’ reaction to his opponent, Michaël Llodra retiring on court one. Feeling that he hadn’t quite played enough tennis, the German handed one of his spare racquets to a ball girl and proceeded to enjoy a rally with the young employee. It was one of many moments that will go down in Wimbledon’s illustrious history.

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