Tennis players are falling apart in London! There have been four injury retirements so far, including Mardy Fish, who retired against Andy Roddick today after he injured his ankle on court. We’ve also seen Grojean (groin), Lee (knee), and Dancevic (wrist) go out with injuries. Andy Murray may be next, having sustained groin, thumb and neck injuries before finally beating Ernests Gulbis in three sets. Yikes, what was Ernests doing to you, Andy?
The oddest break down of the day (so far, at least) came from Fernando Gonzalez, was forfeited against Ivo Karlovic at 5-6 down in the second set after 2 warnings for ball abuse and one for smashing his racquet. Has Gonzo really gone – GONZO? Click here for more.
Hewitt beat Mathieu and Gasquet took out Ancic (not bad, Richard!).
There’s possibility for more drama as Japanese youngster Kei Nishikori just took the second set against Nadal (live-score watch!), capable grass courter Mahut takes on badass Nalbandian, and countrymen Tipsarevic and Djokovic face off for the first time, ever! Isn’t it strange that they’ve never met before?
Meanwhile, in Halle:
Things are less dramatic in Germany as results come in without physios or ball abuse coming into play. Kiefer beat Youzhny in three, Llodra (XOXO) took out Darcis in straights, Baghdatis seems to be getting it done against Santoro and Blake got through Becker yesterday.
Federer extended his grass court win streak to 56 today after a tough two setter against Czech qualifier Jan Vacek. The Gerry Weber website calls him “unsatisfied. . .yet relieved.” How on earth is Roger going to keep his motivation for another three weeks of this stuff?
This is an odd time of year for the players and I think many are mentally weary. It’s just going to get worse with Wimby coming up and then the Olympics right after. Will we have more defaults and Youzhny style self-abuse as the pressure builds and bodies and minds run ragged?