The weather was unstable but top players were determined to win
The weather today was as unpredictable as Italian Fabio Fognini (10) who was the first on center court to face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, and after a slow start by Fogna he succeeded in dispatching his opponent in two straight sets to advance to the next round. Fogna was quoted saying: “It was a very tough match. Roberto was very solid. But I won it’s the most important. Today the conditions were difficult. I hope tomorrow is going to be a sunny day and we can play good tennis and enjoy”. That match was followed by the debut of Swiss Roger Federer (4) who had an easy task defeating Czech Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2, and as the Swiss said: “….It was clearly a good match to start my clay court campaign.” It was lunch time and the weather was getting colder and windy when Rafael Nadal (1) came on court to meet Russian Qualifier Tymuraz Gabashvili who was very combative and hit with lots of might and gave Rafa a run for his money in the first set, but the result favored World no. 1 who won in two straight sets 6-4, 6-1. Rafa said: “I think I started little bit slower. But it is true that he was playing very, very aggressive, hitting very strong, with no mistakes. Always in the first match, the thing that you want at the beginning is get in rhythm, play some long points, find the feeling. But I didn’t have that chance because he started very quick finding the winners in the first ball that he had the chance.” The last players of the day were Swiss No 1 and World no. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka and Croatian Marin Cilic. The Swiss easly exterminated Cilic 6-0, 6-2, and said: “I expected a more difficult or more complicated first round against him. But I was able to practice well before. I felt good on the court. I know that physically if I feel good, then I am able to put a lot of pressure on the opponent…”
Thursday promises to be another great session with Nadal, Federer and Djokovic back on the battleground. Not to be missed!
From good tennis players to world class coaches
There is a trend for top tennis players to hire former tournament champions to draw from their style and experience and below are a few interesting examples.
Magnus Norman is a retired Swedish Professional tennis player who was runner up at the 2000 French Open and ranked briefly as World No. 2, and is now known as the Genius who masterminded Wawrinka’s win at the Australian Open (champion). Norman greatest accomplishments have come not as a player but as a coach. He had coached Thomas Johansson and Robin Soderling who reached a career high of world number four before injuries and illness prematurely halted his career. Stan Wawarinka is Norman’s latest project and his latest success.
Goran Ivanisevic former tennis player from Croatia, the only person to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard in 2001, having previously been runner up at the championships in 1992, 1994 and 199. His career-high singles ranking was World no. 2 (behind Sampras) in 1994. Ivanisevic now coaches Countryman Cilic who credits him for serve, net and mental improvements.
Boris Becker is a former World no. 1 professional tennis player from Germany. He is a six-time Grand Slam singles champion, an Olympic gold medalist in doubles, and the youngest ever winner of the men’s singles title at Wimbledon at the age of 17. He is now the head coach of World no. 2 Novak Djokovic, who says he is satisfied with the early progress being made under new head coach Boris Becker.
Roger Federer has been working with the six-time Grand Slam champion Stefan Edberg since the last part of 2013. Federer said he would draw on the Swede’s knowledge to devise tactics. Edberg has had bigger immediate impact with Federer who is in his best fitness and form for a couple of years. Stefan Edberg is a former World no. 1 professional tennis player from Sweden and a major proponent of the serve-and-volley style of tennis. He won six Grand Slam singles titles and three Grand Slam men’s doubles titles between 1985 and 1996.
Results for Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Singles – Second Round
-  R Nadal (ESP) d [Q] T Gabashvili (RUS) 64 61
-  S Wawrinka (SUI) d M Cilic (CRO) 60 62
-  [WC] R Federer (SUI) d R Stepanek (CZE) 61 62
-  M Raonic (CAN) d Y Lu (TPE) 67(4) 62 61
-  F Fognini (ITA) d R Bautista Agut (ESP) 76(6) 64
-  T Robredo (ESP) d J Benneteau (FRA) 46 60 61
-  G Dimitrov (BUL) d [Q] A Ramos (ESP) 46 63 64
-  N Almagro (ESP) d N Mahut (FRA) 76(3) 63
- G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d  A Dolgopolov (UKR) 61 75
- [LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP) d G Monfils (FRA) 63 76(6)
- L Rosol (CZE) d [Q] M Llodra (FRA) 64 64
- A Seppi (ITA) d P Andujar (ESP) 76(5) 57 64
Doubles – Second Round
-  B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d L Rosol (CZE) / R Stepanek (CZE) 64 76(4)
-  I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d WC] J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 62 67(3) 13-11
- R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d  L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 63 60
Doubles – First Round [WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON) d J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) 63 60