The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

5 things to watch at Wimbledon: Nadal gets rematch with Rosol; Tsonga, Querrey at 9-9 in 5th

  • Print

LONDON - A lot about Rafael Nadal's match Thursday will be similar to the last time he played in the second round at Wimbledon, back in 2012.

He just hopes the result will be different.

Like two years ago, his opponent will be Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic. And like two years ago, they'll be meeting at Centre Court.

That matchup was won 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 by Rosol, who was ranked 100th then and is 52nd now.

"I lost because he's a good player. He's a player that can play very well on this surface. He's aggressive," said the top-ranked Nadal, whose 14 Grand Slam titles include two at the All England Club. "Will be a tough match again. I know if I want to have chances to win, I need to play very well."

Here are five other things to look for at Wimbledon on Thursday:

9-ALL IN THE FIFTH: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Sam Querrey both will be on court for the fourth consecutive day when they resume their second-round match at 9-all in the fifth set. Both had first-round matches suspended because of darkness Monday, then completed Tuesday. And they played each other for nearly 3 1/2 hours Wednesday — combining for 64 aces — without finishing. Tsonga, a Frenchman seeded 14th, saved a match point for Querrey, an American ranked 67th, in the 12th game of the final set. At 8-all, the chair umpire appeared set to send them home for the night because of fading light, before telling them they could play two more games to see if one would win. But neither did, and with the match still even at nearly 9:30 p.m., action was halted.

AMERICAN MEN: In addition to Querrey, three other men from the United States will be trying to reach the third round: No. 9 John Isner (against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland), Jack Sock (against No. 8 Milos Raonic of Canada), and qualifier Denis Kudla (against No. 10 Kei Nishikori of Japan). A year ago, zero American men made it to the third round at Wimbledon for the first time since 1912 — when none entered the tournament.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Five-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams tries to join older sister Venus in the third round, facing 94th-ranked Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa. Williams has won both previous matches — and all four sets — they've played against each other in the past. Another stat in the No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams' favour: Scheepers is 0-31 for her career against opponents who are No. 16 or better.

FEDERER'S LUCKY CHARM: Good things happen to Roger Federer when he faces his second-round foe, 103rd-ranked qualifier Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. All three times they've played in the past, not only has Federer won the match in straight sets, but he's gone on to win that tournament. Then again, Federer does own 79 career titles, including 17 majors, seven at Wimbledon.

SHARAPOVA IN SECOND ROUND: A year ago, 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova bowed out in the second round. She'll try to avoid that kind of early exit when she takes on Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky, who has lifted her ranking back up to No. 85 after dropping out of the top 500 because of a foot injury.

___

Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Maurice Leggett on his three interceptions vs. Alouettes

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A golfer looks for his ball in a water trap at John Blumberg Golf Course Friday afternoon as geese and goslings run for safety- See Joe Bryksa’s 30 day goose challenge- Day 24– June 15, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Ruth Bonneville Winnipeg Free Press January 18, 2011 Local Standup -

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

How many wins do you think the Bombers will finish with this season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google