Wimbledon notebook: Novak Djokovic not happy with media and Liam Broady lifts Britain hopes
Defending champion Novak Djokovic hit out at the media after his opening Wimbledon victory on Monday was marred by more allegations of cheating.
The world No 1 beat Philipp Kohlschreiber on Centre Court, but many eyes were glued to the Serb’s coach Boris Becker after the German said he employed ways to instruct his player even though coaching is banned during a match.
Djokovic spent much of the weekend defending Becker and said: “I’m just trying to figure out what you want to achieve with this story. I don’t understand what you really want.
“Do you want to say I’m cheating, my team? I’m really trying to figure out what’s behind this. I mean, are you asking only me or are you asking other players, as well?”
Early bird gets win
Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis was the first winner at Wimbledon when his Austrian opponent Andreas Haider-Maurer retired hurt yesterday. Berankis was up 6-2, 5-2 in their first-round clash when his opponent quit. Berankis, 25, goes on to face US Open champion Marin Cilic for a place in the last 32.
All in an hour’s work
Former semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka coasted through her opening match at Wimbledon yesterday as she became the first woman through to the second round. The Belarusian, 25, reached the last four in 2011 and 2012, losing to Petra Kvitova and Serena Williams, and is seeded 23rd year. The former world No 1 beat Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-1 in just 57 minutes on Court 12.
Briton right at home
Liam Broady produced a remarkable rally to boost British hopes at Wimbledon with a five-set victory over Marinko Matosevic. Broady was the first Briton in action this year, and he overturned a two-set deficit to set up a second-round clash with Belgium’s David Goffin. Broady belied a poor start and a 44-place ranking gap to see off Australia’s Matosevic 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for his first Wimbledon victory.
Aces all around
John Isner’s serve is in fine form to start Wimbledon, where his career winning percentage is back to .500. The 17th-seeded American – known for winning the longest match in history at the All England Club in 2010 – hit 38 aces in a 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over 91st-ranked Go Soeda of Japan yesterday. Isner collected more than half of his points, 58 of 96, via unreturned serves. The match only took 1 hour, 45 minutes – a sprint for Isner, who famously edged Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of a first-rounder five years ago that lasted more than 11 hours spread over three days.
Using your head
Nick Kyrgios hit it on the head – on the head of a linesman, that is. The 26th-seeded Australian was hitting back to the ball boy in his opening match when he sent an errant shot toward the corner of the court that struck the top of the head of an unsuspecting linesman. The linesman was not hurt, and he and Kyrgios shared a laugh with the crowd. The linesman then wiped his brow and Kyrgios got back to work against Diego Schwartzman, jumping out to a 6-0, 6-2 lead.
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Published: June 29, 2015 04:00 AM