I did have a slight fear for Roddick in the first set, so was very pleased when all went right and he went through in four. I saw nothing of Fed's match, but understand from reports that once again, whilst he won in four, it wasn't exactly a walk in the park for him. Djokovic, after his five-setter on Monday, came through in three and Hewitt won when his opponent had to stop, but was clearly in ascendancy.
All three of my favourite women made it through, although JJ did cause a slight scare - not that I was watching that either, but I was keeping an eye on scores.
And it was nice to see two of our men's doubles teams get through their first rounds.
However, the story of the day (and quite possibly of the tournament) has to go to the record smashing match out on Court 18 between Nicolas Mahut of France and John Isner of the USA. It started on Monday and was halted through bad light at two sets all. Yesterday it was again halted due to bad light at . . . 59 : 59 in the fifth - I kid you not. They played for c. seven hours yesterday alone, playing one set. These guys have smashed every record going: most aces served in a match (both beat the previous record), longest final set at Wimbledon, most games played in final set, longest match in Wimbledon history, longest match in tennis history (10 hours) and I believe the fifth set alone is longer than any match at Wimbledon. And still it isn't over.
I started watching it purely because it was on (Freeview gives you limited options and yesterday for some time there wasn't any as it was taken up with the World Cup) and I was also Tweeting and LJ'ing, I made the odd Tweet or two about the score and plutos_revenge and I 'chatted' a bit about it. Then I signed off for the day and carried on watching.
From a great tennis or entertaining tennis point of view, it wasn't - there were a few outstanding rallies and moments, but mostly it was pretty boring - even the commentators said so. Having said that, the quality insofar as there were a mere handful of break points in the entire set and neither man lost his cool, was top rate. However, what was riveting was the score and seeing records broken. We had supper and went back and still it wasn't over. My dear long-suffering hubby then went off to talk to his computer whilst I continued to watch until finally at 59 : 59, it was called off for the evening.
Isner could barely walk around the court and most of the time was hardly bothering to get a return if it meant he had to move - at 6'9" he does have a huge wing-span and could get away with that. He looked exhausted super-plus and I'd say the only thing that saved him was his huge serve. The fact that at any slight moment of concern he could wham out an ace. Mahut, however, still looked fairly fresh.
And the scary thing? Whose to say they don't come out today and at 9:00 p.m. the match is halted for light with them at 125 : 125.
Report on match from Wimbledon site.
Today should be a good day (I hope). Murray opens on Centre and Rafa plays third on Centre - they play in front of the Queen who is visiting Wimbledon for the first time since 1977. I'm not a huge Murray fan, but he's British, I'm British, so . . . But if it comes down to the expect semi between him and Rafa, I'll definitely be supporting Rafa ::looks a tad ashamed::
And it's haircut day, but the lady who cuts our hair comes here and it's only a dry cut, so takes very little time.